Facebook resources

The Facebook community has become an incredible source of documents/records and conversation about genealogy – please check out the main one:
you’ll have to ask to join as it is a group.

And another that I think is run by the same folks:
but this one you can simply “like” to follow.

The people running the pages are real genealogists.

One of them is my friend Sue who owns Family Ancestrees – she creates the most beautiful posters of your family tree plus she has worksheets you to track your research. Check her page out at:


The Metis Nation of Canada page on Facebook is:
and in the sidebar of that group you’ll see a list of all the other Metis groups that are recommended by them.

Sorry that I’ve not been keeping this site updated but I’m focusing my time on getting all the info I have plus the decades of info from uncles into Ancestry for posterity.

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The Livingston Line

There are so many people out there searching for information about this family lineage for their family tree or to obtain Metis status.  Some of us are complete amateurs and do it for fun, but others really have a knack and do a very professional job of finding information and writing about it.

This blog about the Livingston Family History, for example, is amazing.  They are another lineage from Antoine and Magdeleine. The writer, Deborah, is thorough and detailed.  Please visit her blog (link goes directly to an entry about Antoine and Magdeleine): http://livingstonaliveandwell.blogspot.ca/2012_07_01_archive.html

Please continue to provide me with scans of what you find so I can make them available to other seekers.


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Pembina Museum

Look at the displays in this great old museum in Pembina North Dakota.  The museum collection depicts early life for pioneers, metis, voyageur as well as those who surveyed the borders.



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An old fiddle

An old fiddle

I found this battered old fiddle (violin) in the barn on the farm. Uncle Sylvain said it was from Grandma’s family but Lorin’s Mom is sure it was her Grandpa’s.

Lorin is a luthier (as a hobby) so he’ll restore it for display as it may not be able to make a decent sound. I’ll send the bow out to be redone. Needs lots of TLC.

If only this fiddle could tell us stories of where it was played and by whom – wouldn’t that be something. Was it a fiddle playing jigs and reels or was it used as a violin for classical pieces.  Hmmmm.

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125 Year Jutras Family Farm

This is the oldest of the three remaining river lots (@ 100 acres) which qualifies for the 125 Year Family Farm designation in Manitoba.

The first Jutras to purchase this land was Moise Jutras and his wife Julie Houle in 1888:

1888 – Moise Jutras and Julie Houle (both from Yamaska QC)
owned for 27 years

1915 Ernest Jutras (Drummondville QC) and Alexia Lemire (Letellier MB)
executor of estate

1915 – Joseph Jutras (Drummondville QC) and Clara Blais (Yamaska QC)
owned for 32 years

1947 – Alexander Jutras and Cora Barnabe (daughter of neighbour lots 114 & 115 Wilfred Barnabe and Rose Delima Saurette who sold both lots to Joseph Jutras in 1922)
owned for 6 years

1953 – Rene Norbert Jutras (Drummondville QC) / Antonin Jutras
owned for 2 years

one brother bought out the other
1955 – Antonin Jutras (Letellier MB) and Yvonne Desaulniers (St Elisabeth MB)
owned for 37 years

Tony and Yvonne have since passed away and now their children and grandchildren have the farm.

The town of St. Pie used to be located here on the Red River and the parish church on the next property. The main road used to lead directly to this spot but was decommissioned and relocated in 1901.

This area was originally a Metis village. The first owner of this lot was a Metis man named Samuel H. Phippen. He received it as script land grant in 1882 and sold it within two months. His sister owned the next lot (script grant) so they likely grew up here and were granted the land they lived on.

Uncle Sylvain told us that the older generations in town remember walking along the shore and finding foundations for the old Metis homes. These must have been destroyed when the land was cleared for farming.

Lorin (land surveyor) paced out the land as it will likely need to be marked out when it receives the 125 Year Family Farm designation.  A plaque will be permanently installed and the government will have a formal ceremony on site.  I hope to have this scheduled to take place during our visit in the summer of 2012.

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Lorin and I are going to Letellier for 2 weeks in July to camp on the family farm. We bought a 1974 26′ trailer to fix up that was towed to the site last weekend.  I’ll work on the interior – recovering seats, installing new blinds, and painting the walls.  Lorin and his uncle will install new flooring, a new fridge and stove and build a deck with screen room.  I bought myself a bug screen to wear over my hat that covers my face, arms and body to my waste.  All openings cinch up nice n’ close and there’s a zipper at the neck so I can sip my beer!

While there, I’m going to get information about the history of the farm so that Lorin’s Mom can apply for the century farm status.  They’ll get a plaque and ceremony to recognize that the farm has been in the same family for more than 100 years and that it is still operating as a farm.

Part of my search, hopefully, will turn up information about the early Metis in the area. I plan to visit some archives to get more family photos and to confirm who is in the ones I have.  I’ll need something to do so I don’t get bored.  I may not get bored on the farm but I’m planning just incase or I’ll be like the brat in the car “are we there yet” bugging Lorin to go into town so we can do something fun!!  He grew up visiting the farm every year so he’ll fill his time very easily.

I’ll report back what I learn if anything interesting turns up.

I just found this Flickr album of the area – nice photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christiansphotos/2749047442/in/photostream/

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