Having found myself in the odd position of being a family historian, attached herewith is an incomplete and still-growing family tree, going all the way back to our great-great-grandfathers.
There is, however - and as I'm sure you can see - a lot of information that's still missing and that needs to be filled. Write me at SAChiasson@aol.com and help me fill in these blanks.
What's most important, though, are the stories.
Cervantes wrote that "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." Tangentially, how can we rear our children if we're unable to share with them the stories of our own family?
Filling in the blanks is just one part of our history. What makes it real are the stories we pass on.
So.. send me stories. Send me photos. Send me video tapes. Did your kid get married? Send a photo. Got a snapshot of your grandchild's confirmation? Send it. Better yet... spend a few minutes writing down the stories of your upbringing; it'll all be included in our tale.
In closing, the great thing about being a family historian is that you get to hear so many wonderful stories. Let's write these tales down for posterity. Not for me, and not for you, but for our kids.
- Scott Anthony Chiasson-Faulkner
P.S. If you want a copy of the complete family tree, go out and pick up a copy of "Family Tree Maker." I can then send a file that encompasses the entire tree, including photos, voice messages and video.