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The Brousseau / Brusseau Family History Book

Updated October 20, 2003

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I have been researching the Brousseau/ Brusseau name since my father Leo Brusseau died in 1979. I have been to the church parish in Olga, North Dakota, St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, North Dakota, St. Joe's Parish in LeRoy, North Dakota, the Fargo Diocese in Fargo, St. Paul Historical Museum, St. Pau, Minnesota, Winnepeg,Canada, Salt Lake City, Utah and my last trip took me to the Quebec, Canada. I have been able to unlock the mysteries of my ancestors through my travels and the patience of my husband, Joe. It has been a hobby with me and I enjoy the challenge of deciphering the connections of the relationships, names, reuseable names throughout the generations. My great, great grandfather, Olivier Brousseau, was my biggest challenge since he changed his birth date and never told his second family that he was married before he married my great, great grandmother. My great, great grandmother who was part Indian. During their lives it was considered tabu to have any Indian blood in your ancestry so therefore the secret no one was suppose to know. My father requested that I not unlock this secret when I suspected it and I honored his request until after his death. I think he knew a lot more than he was willing to tell me as all the rest of my Uncles and Aunts.
My great, great grandfather arrived in North Dakota and settled in the Olga(Popular Grove Area), North Dakota. He brought almost his entire family, all his sons to the Olga area where he continued the rest of his life. He died in 1905. His wife, Caroline LaPorte died 15 years later but her death was not reported to the county as her husbands was and I can only assume that the family wanted to maintain the secret that she was Native American or some of her hertiage was Indian.
My research has taken me to all the areas of North Dakota, the United States, Canada and France. I have used the computer to do research too and have relied on the accuracities of other researchers in geanealogy but have documented their research and will give credit to them on the authencity of their research.

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