My name is Yolanda Beauchamp Presant , a former pre-school teacher and amateur genealogist. I grew up on the Canadian prairies, the grand-daughter of Irish/Scots pioneers and French-Canadian/Metis people. I have spent the last 10 years researching my maternal line, Phillips/McDowell and Fraser in Tipperary and Dublin, Ireland on my grandfather’s side.. On my maternal grandmother’s side, Smith and Gartshore, people who worked the iron foundries of Coatbridge, Scotland and Gartshore, a family whose name goes back to the time of Alexander I of Scotland. I have met so many wonderful people from Ireland who were helpful and generous with their knowledge.
Currently, I am working on my father’s family, Beauchamp who came from La Rochelle, France to Montreal in 1659. They eventually moved up to Pointe-aux-Trembles to settle. Some of the children married into Metis families. My paternal grandmother’s family were part of the Red River settlement in Manitoba. Through her mother Marie Virginie Cyr we are cousins to Louis Riel, famed Metis martyr.
Under the Posts tab at the top of the blog you will find a list of posts which set my family into the times they lived in, covering subjects such as the Protestant Reformation ( The Beauchamp Family in France) and the Scottish Wars of Independence (The Smith Family in Scotland). There you will also find a series on Armand Du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu entitled “A Flash of Scarlet”. These are in no way meant to be authoritative but are the result of my own research and enthrallment with the subjects. Should you read them I hope you enjoy them. At present, I am researching the history of the Manitoba Metis and the Red River rebellion in Canada which resulted in the hanging of Louis Riel, my 4th cousin.
I believe that names and dates do not constitute a complete or interesting picture of our ancestors. The times they live in determined so much of what they did. The story of their courage and endurance fascinates me and I spend hours reading before I even type a word. I hope you enjoy the little I have been able to find out.