I have traveled to southern Quebec in search of that mysterious tidbit that will lift my research up to a level of mouth-watering excitement. It amazes me when I find some marvelous detail of daily life. Each trip to northern Vermont and southern Quebec has filled in more customs of daily life that would have remained buried in faded footsteps of the past.
One outstanding visit to the Yukon yielded 22 ancestors and one living descendant. Regardless of where they lived, all the people showcased on this blog brought with them the indisputable markings of a Beauceron – a person from the Beauce Valley of southern Quebec.
This blog is about the Poulin, Vachon and Pomerleau ancestors who all exemplified a workaholic attitude that still presents as a dominant gene in my relatives and in thousands of French-Canadians still in the Beauce. It’s easy to recognize who these people are with their deep determination and survivalist instincts. The hallmark of their time was to live simple lives with integrity and perseverance.
Each research trip is an opportunity for me to refresh my neglected French. How wonderful to return home with more friends than you had before you left. Canada is indeed, a welcoming country.