Joseph Hamelin told me that the Hamelin family were aristocrats in France and financed Champlaines expedition, and that there is a plaque thanking the Hamelins at Lake Champlain. He has loads of information on this side of the family and his Uncle wrote a book about the family. We have not connected yet on that. We live in the same city,Riverside, CA. Our connection goes back to Jean Trotier 1646 and Genevieve Lafond 1652. Laurel Hamlin, Riverside,CA.