From Montreal to Manitoba

Here are the descendants of Jean Beauchamp,  said pioneer which run down to my father who was in the first generation the first to be born in Manitoba. The descendant being the male on the top left of the first tables. Interestingly, there would be 3 Jean’s before we get to a different name.

Family Record Jean Beauchamp and Marie Jeanne Mulouin m1701.jpg

Jean Baptiste Beauchamp and Marie Josephe Filion family.jpg

Jean b. Beauchamp and Marie Anne Duquet Madry family.jpg

Nicolas Beauchamp and Apolline Charbonneau family.jpg

BEAUCHAMP, Joseph 1807- PRDH Individual Record 695464.jpg

Theophile Beauchamp Baptism PRDH.JPG

Damase from nosorignes.JPG

Joseph Frederick Beauchamp nosorigines.JPG

Birth- Edmond Beauchamp.JPG

I admit to being a bit messy with this but each website only has certain years these documents are available for. The first are from a venerable source,  The Programme de recherche en demographie historique (The Research Program in HIstorical Demography) at the University of Montreal.    The green tables are from “Nosorigines” an excellent website for linking families together, a little less formal. Of course, I had to revert to my father’s actual birth certificate until I find something else but here you have the line down from Jean Beauchamp, pioneer in New France to my father, Edmond Beauchamp.



Nature or Nurture?

I have in the last month attended two online “bootcamps” hosted by Thomas MacEntee of Hide-Definition Genealogy and his guest speaker Mary Eberle who is a genetic genealogist and DNA expert. The first was Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy and the second Additional Tools and Concepts (regarding DNA testing). The courses are fairly intense and absolutely full of information if you are thinking of using DNA testing as an adjunct to your genealogy research.  The price is more than fair for what you get which is the online talk as well as handouts. You will also get a copy of the webinar and handouts for one year afterward.  So, though these are past, they are still available at the links above.

The whole DNA testing phenomena I am sure,  has people curious and frightened at the same time. We are very excited by the leaps and bounds of technology but there is also an aura of the unknown about it which smacks of our worst science fiction movies.  “Security breach” used to be a term only the government had to worry about. Now it is an everyday part of our lives. Mary Eberle addresses some of these issues in her first lecture. She also talks about the various testing companies and how they work. Only one does the medical tests and that is 123 and Me.

All this brings once again to the fore the old concept of whether it is nature, for example our DNA or nurture, the way we are raised which makes us who we are. That question would certainly rise when dealing with criminals. I think we have all seen the two sides, the incorrigible child  of two gentle parents or the scholar who comes from a very disadvantaged background.  I wonder what DNA will tell us.

To me so far, it is leading to a lot of confusion and we are finding out the obvious; that a family is composed of many different genes which shows up in sibling differentiation. If you want to know how that happens, than you can study genetics. We can verify family stories or perhaps unverify them. Also, we can find out what path of emigration our ancient ancestors took out of Africa and where they ended up.  I myself am just getting used to the fact that we all originated from Africa to begin with!  I would definitely recommend getting some previous training and information before you embark on this journey, just to make it all worth the effort.


Horrible Imaginings

Researching the Beauchamp family in France has been joyous and frustrating at the same time if not a little overwhelming. There is so much history in France and I find my self drawn into the lives of the family over there. There were a few new discoveries that traumatized and confounded me. This information I would not have found if I simply went by transcripts but I  instead took the time to read whole records where found.

The first were two excerpts from Emigration Rochelaise En Nouvelle France ( Godbout, Archange,. Emigration rochelaise en Nouvelle-France. Québec: Archives nationales du Québec, 1970.)

les em. Jac.

You will note the words “fille de feu” underlined. Not being fluent in French does make it a struggle at times but I guessed at “feu” being smoke. My over-active imagination went immediately to the siege at La Rochelle and from there to the fact that some of the family were Huguenot. Oh God, was she burned at the stake as a heretic?! To the web!  A hundred horrible images came up for “girls on fire” but finally after persisting and not a little nausea, I hit a woman who had the definition. As usual, I had parsed wrongly and left the last word off, Helie. I knew it was a name but of who, where? What the term means is ” the daughter of the LATE Helie (her father). Just a slight relief, although her parents were Huguenot, her father in some records known as Elie.

Also, in this record, you find the words “parraine” and “marraine” (godfather and godmother) and their status. Pierre’s godfather is “un honorable homme” and a merchant. Marie’s godfather is a cooper. So working class people. We also find out that there was a younger brother, Guillaume (William) who died at age 6.

Jacques is said to be the start of the family in Canada, whatever happened to Pierre who also emigrated I don’t know. In the record, Jacques’ godfather is also Jacques, so we are given another member of the family who is probably his uncle. He married Marie Dardayne in France 3 years before they emigrate and they have boy Jacques who is one year old when they arrive here. We don’t hear of little Jacques after that. Then they have 8 more children in Canada.

Further down the page, we are to be confounded more by this information.

les em. Jac. 2


Here you have a family of Huguenots with pretty much the same names as our family, possibly cousins to our ancestors. It almost appears that the family was split down the middle starting on or before the marriage of Marie Roullet’s parents. The information is out there somewhere I am sure.

I had originally thought that there were no signs of the family intermarrying with the natives, that based on the fact that all names were French and yes, I should have known better. My grandfather, down the line from this family, married a Daigneault (my grandmother)  who is listed on the 1906 Canada census as Cree along with the rest of her family. I did think that was a little strange. HOWEVER, I came across a website, by searching for Pierre Beauchamp,the oldest brother. I hit two boys in there who were I believe, the sons of Jacques senior, Pierre b. 1676 and Jacques born 1678. They were listed as “canotier” which I take as voyageurs. They arrived at Detroit on May 30th, 1706. So another story which totally blends in with the theme of New France, the romanticized  “voyageurs” and “coureurs des bois”. Before they were even born though, land had t be cleared and homes and churches built .