Filling in the blanks..
Greetings to all my "Surname-sakes". My name is Lance J. Vieau. Born in July 1949 in Minneapolis,MN. My Father Howard A. Vieau,SR was born on January 20,1921 also in Minneapolis ,MN and his Father Mr. Arthur E. Vieau was born in Syracuse ,NY on June 16,1888.
Arthur E.Vieau's "Grandfather " worked for a "Canadian Fur Trading Company" and during a particularly bitter winter crossed the river to the States into Michigan. My Grandmother Pauline Shilling Vieau, carefully detailed a genealogy ( she spent 65 years on it) and traced our descendants back to Alscase Lorraine Region on the Franco-German Border, specifically Strausborg, France. Her work was meticulioulsy recorded on "pattern paper" which was used to make "clothes patterns". It was the largest paper available and was cheap to acquire. Eight years prior to her death i visited her in California , where she moved after Arthur passed -on. In her parlor and she took me aside and began unfolding this tissue thin paper with faint yet legible notations which went back over 14 generations. I was astounded! She asked me to continue her work as "she didn't know how many years she would have left to work on this living document". Being 25 at the time i told her that i was too immature and irresponsiblle for such a task. She respected my decision and to my knowledge never passed on her work to any of the other Grandchildren. Most of her personal items went to my Uncle Harold Vieau upon her passing. Recently, i have begun , with my family's assistance, to determine if anyone else has possession of that work. My sister Sharon E. Faircloth (Vieau) has begun anew her own search into the Vieau past.More to follow.Best regards,