Learning Heritage through Genealogy and History
I’ve loved history since I was a little girl and have been researching my family’s history since the 1990s with an emphasis on the maternal lines, which are mostly Irish. There is one Acadian French branch and it is though my maternal grandfather, Edward Miller, on his direct paternal line. I’m a History major, too.
This work, I suppose, is sort of a tribute to my grandfather. I was young when he passed so I’ve few memories of him. What I mostly know about him I have learned through the recollections of others and through doing research. People say he was a good human. He had friends of all walks of life. He believed in doing what is right and fair, and he was an advocate for the less fortunate. He believed in building people up. These qualities manifested in the various activities he was involved with as a business and community leader, and as a politician.
Through the process of doing genealogy and family history I’ve come to know my grandfather so much more. I’ve also become acquainted with his father, Francis (pictured below), and his paternal grandfather, John (a son of John Baptist Miller), who was born at Baie des Ouines, a quiet man with dark complexion and brown eyes, a devoted husband and father, and a lover of the woods.
Embarking on an Ancestral Journey through DNA
Several years ago, I began using genetic testing as a genealogist’s research tool. It has been very helpful for the tree work – confirming and disproving lines, and discovering new ones. The family project was approved by FamilyTreeDNA on April 25, 2012 and is used to explore the family history and origins of two brick walls, John Baptist Miller and Jean Meunier, by tapping into the bits of them that remain within us. The project involves some targeted testing and it welcomes everyone who descends from either the John Baptist Miller family or the Jean Meunier family. As more relatives join our project, it’s become easier to recognize family matching through shared segments of autosomal DNA, and every one who participates directly benefits from results. DNA testing proves to be a powerful tool to help solve genealogical mysteries, and move beyond breaks in the historical paper trail.
This work is lovingly dedicated to my four daughters and all generations to follow.
A special thank you to late cousin, “Ash” Wood, who proudly shared his memories of the days when the cowboys came down from the woods at the end of the lumber season and paraded into town on their horses.
A promise remembered to late cousin, John Miller.