I was disappointed to arrive at this forum to find a blank page, so I will start by explaining how I started and what I have discovered.
My children's last name is Ogaick.All I had to start off my research was two marriage certificates, a few baptismal papers and some stories that have been passed down.Considering no one in the world (except the immediate family) has this last name, it wasn't much.The church papers revealed a variation of the last name that I could work with: Odjick.Since almost all Odjicks were found in Quebec on reservations, the story of the native connection was verified and a starting point was found.
The starting point was the only part of my research that has been easy.The problems are:
and the tribes associated with the name in documentation (so far): Iroquois, Mohawk, N'ipissing and Algonquin (although, it is my understanding that Iroquois and Mohawk fall into the same category as do Algonquin and N'pissing).
2. The First Nation people do not have last names.It is only through church records, government records and censuses that Odjick has been given as a family name.As well, the name can change over time, for example: when the elder dies, the son (who went by a different name) may take his father's name.
3. In early records, the women kept their maiden names which their children used also.As well, tribal heritage passed down through the mother, although this was not always the case.
4. Almost all church records are in French, as this family is predominately Roman Catholic (they switched to Methodist in c1868 during a land dispute with the church, although they switched back eventually).As well, the writing is hard to read, the spelling of names constantly varied and there are quirks in the way things were wrote that we do not use today.
5.The first people traveled extensively.Between relocations, migrations between summer and winter camps and extended visits to family, members of the family are not always available for such things are censuses, rolls or annuity payouts.
6. Outside of finding one person of one branch of the family who has been trying to discover her roots, there has been no one else on the web that I can find researching this family.
In spite of all this, I have accumulated some data, and as I go beyond the family's migration to Quebec, I hope to find more.I will begin sharing my data on the next post.