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RUDENESS IS A WEAK MAN'S WAY OF LOOKING STRONG

EARLY FAMILIES OF THE UPPER GREAT LAKES
ARCHIVES & FAMILY HISTORY


Here you will find information related to the genealogy and history of the earliest families in the Upper Great Lakes. Census statistics indicate that one in four researchers whose ancestors trace back to Wisconsin or the regional upper Great Lakes will have a Metis (French/Canadian & Native American Mixed-blood) branch. In Oconto County ancestry the incidence of such lineage is higher. The Native American ancestry is found in recent archeological and anthropological studies to go back at least an estimated 15,000 to 17,000 years. Metis, and other mixed-blood lines, go back to the 1600's, as the Fur Traders formed marriage unions with indigenous women. This was a perfect match, as the women had centuries of skill in the preparation of goods and trade negotiations. Metis families tended to live in "clan" settlements and marriages were generally between mixed-blood families. In the mid 1800's the US Government did not recognize the significant numbers of "Mixed-blood" people on records and individuals had to exclusively choose either "White" or "Indian" status. This is why subsequent records do not indicate a mix of lineage, even when there is such a legend passed down in families through the generations. Regardless of what was chosen then, the people of today carry this richness of heritage within them. Welcome.

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Francois Belanger - Researched and contributed by:  John Martin   A comprehensive collection of early history and sources.


Menominee Land and People in Photographs - A collection of vintage photographs. An on-going project of memories and respect.



1848 Treaty Main Page  - The individual and Family Payment Information for the Mixed Blood of the Menominee nation.



ANCIENT COPPER CULTURE CEMETERY- (recent re-evaluation of the artifacts in this site has placed the age of burials much earlier than first thought).

A REPRINTING OF AN EARLY 1950'S ARTICLE DESCRIBING THE ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN BURIAL ARCHEOLOGICAL EXAMINATION DONE IN 1953. MANY ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS INCLUDED.
(Note: The time of this article's writing is shortly after the site was discovered. Scientific analysis and the methods of examination have progressed tremendously since that time; many of these early conclusions have changed. Better scientific understanding of cultures and a deeper respect for human remains have also been established since this event happened. The purpose of this posting is to share these historic findings as of the time they happened - Rita)

RESOURCES FOR EARLY FAMILY RESEARCHERS -
This page is dedicated to helping site researches contact other resources for more information.

PELLETIER   Family Genealogy Web Site  A link - This site contains information on the family along with  spelling variations and is hosted by Kathy Poston

THE DAGNEAU FAMILY DESCENDANCY CHART- with history notes in French and English.

An extensive and impressively researched family documentation of the Dagneau family, with the many marriages and successive generations that run thoughout the history of Canada and the US.Contributor, Jack Peltier, is particularly interested in learning more about the lineage of his grandmother many times removed, Catherine Dagneau de Quiindre who married Gabriel Pelletier. "The name Dagneau de Quindre dit Fontenay changed over the years to Dekender, Decant etc so I expect there are many family members in the Upper Great Lakes area who do not even know they are members of it." He welcomes e-mail by clicking on his name below, and thanks you for your interest.

Respectfully submitted by Jack Peltier


NOTE: The link, below, to Elizabeth Therese Baird's writing is no longer available from the Library of Congress, however, the description gives information for finding other sources:

REMINISCENCES OF EARLY DAYS ON MACKINAC ISLAND- by Elizabeth Therese Baird 

This is a direct link to the Library of Congress - Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume 14 A first hand account by the daughter of French/Indian Marienne Lasaliere and her husband, prominent Scottish fur trader Henry Munro Fisher, of a family living in the Great Lakes early in the 1800's. It tells most realitically of the rigorous life on the early fronteer in Prairie du Chein (now WI) and travels to Mackinaw (Mackinac or Michillimackinac "the Great Turtle") Island where the family patriarch was dying, this included Chicago, and Fort Dearborn. There are accounts of later travels in various other areas of the region.


For the purpose of assisting the family researcher, the following family, tribal, place and individual names are listed from the written account: Fisher, Lasaliere, Schlinder, Migisan, Baird, Bouche, Ottawa, Chippewa, Winnebago, Sioux, Blackbird, Michinewmackinawgo, Laframboise, Adhemar, La Saliere, Gagnon, Dousman, Stuart, Lacroix, Pierce, Chandonee, Chapoton, Kinzie, Whistler, Beaubien, Aiken, Helms, Abbott, Baker, Favill, Terrien, Brooks, Mai, Mitchell, Angelique, Louizon, Maranda, Marcotte, Ke-wi-na-quot (Running Cloud), Catishe, Bailly (French), Faribault, Biddle, Pemberton, Tanner, Crees, Pie, Matta, Doty, Rolette, Ploudre, Mairand, Eustubise, Barrette, Big Chute (now Appleton), DePere.


ETOUKASAHWEE

This is an account by Sophie Brunson Eddy, written in 1947, and describing the lives of her Souix, French and English ancestors of the upper great lakes, with special attention to her own great-grandmother, Etoukasahwee. Names within this writing reflect many major families.

Respectfully submitted by Martha Brandon

What is a DIT?

Descendants of Joseph FAFARD-LAFRAMBOISE

Descendants of John Mendoskin

Respectfully submitted by BettyK


JIM CARTEN'S EARLY GREAT LAKES INFORMATION - a three part series of French and Native American family histories and the documents from which it came.

Respectfully submitted by Judyth Lutt


Mary MARTELL   "Our People - The Indians."

Respectfully submitted by Judyth Lutt
 

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN DOCUMENT - Listing of Canadian Voyageurs, who volunteered their services at Mackinaw, June 21, 1814. Written by Mary MARTELL
 

REMINISCENCE OF THERESA BARRETTE - Taken from the History of Crawford and Richland Counties: From St. Mary's Academy, page 564

EUPHROSINE LAPOINTE  - Words by the Barrette family.

Reminiscense by Mrs. Louise Coasn (Count) CHERRIER  - nee GAGNIER (GONYIER)

Wisconsin/Minnesota Chippewa Bands  - House Resolution December 20, 1871: Each head of a family or single person over 21 years of age shall be entitled to 80 acres of land, to be selected by them, under directions of the President, which shall be secured to them by patent in the usual form.

"Our People - The Indians"   - Metis family lineages beginning in 1807

"Peter BARRETTE, Sr. 1800"   - From accounts of 1884


Family Research

Respectfully submitted by  Lucille A. Hoag

Amiot-Villeneuve to Gauthier to Brunet to Larocque Line - from 1602 for a listing of surnames included in this writing press ->Here

Larocque Family Line - from 1765
The following is a compilation of information received from information found at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, the Brown County Library, various web sites particularly the Larocque web sites, Bernice Larocque Heiter, Marie Bebeau, Robert Black, the LDS in Shawano, and various World Family Tree volumes. for a listing of surnames included in this writing press ->Here

Larocque Information Addition - from 1708 for a listing of surnames included in this writing press ->Here

de Langlade (AKA) Gautier de Verville - from 1668 for a listing of surnames included in this writing press ->Here

BIBEAU FAMILY LINE - from 1580
The following is a compilation of information obtained from the internet and the WFT Volumes
for a listing of surnames included in this writing press ->Here


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