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Are We Really French?

Updated May 25, 2001

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This attempt to research the family history of the Gagnon and Bellefeuille families is a first. As beloved family members continue to age, it has become important to me to gather information about my own ancestry in order to understand my dreams, aspirations and heritage. Rumor has it that I'm pretty French...however, given my fair complexion, freckels and red-ish curly hair...I'm not quite sure. A few years ago my grandmother spoke of our family several generations ago- a Scottish captive who married an Native American in upstate New York; then recently she mentioned that my great-great-grandfather, her grand-father, a man named Larocque came to the region of Holyoke, Massachusetts to work in either a paper or textile factory. At that point his name was Stone- and somehow the name was translated into French. Confused yet? I sure am...is the translation for "stone" larocque? Hopefully this endeavor will begin to clear up my own personal confusion and help me to gain a better understanding of where I come from so that I may pass my heritage to my own children someday. This is bound to be a trip!

 
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