Family Secrets Revealed: So Much I Didn’t Know!


– He was in it. I might start to cry. (both laugh) Hey friends, and welcome
back to my channel. I’m AmandaMuse, and today
I have a question for you. So, raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about where you come from. I’ve teamed up with Ancestry, who is sponsoring today’s video, and they are going to
dive deep into my history, my family tree, and share things with me. Actually, I don’t know what
they’re gonna share yet, ’cause we have to do the video. But they’re gonna, I think
it’s gonna be surprising. And I’m really curious to learn more about some of the women in my life, in honor of International Women’s Day. You know, a lotta people can probably pull off the top of their head an inspirational woman
that they look up to, a part of history that
did magnificent things, and you feel this connection to them, but what about some of the
real people in our own lives? Maybe what they did seems small in comparison to these historical figures, but they have impact, lasting impact. And I’m really curious to
see how some of the findings tie into how I see my story
and my place in the world. And something to consider as
you’re watching this video is that you, as well, can start digging into your family history quite easily. You’re gonna see, it’s kind
of amazing, using Ancestry, and there’s gonna be some links
below for you to check out, so first watch the video, then start. Because once you start, it snowballs. It’s really hard to stop, because you can go back and back and back. Let’s start with the
grandmother on my mother’s side. So, what I know is that
my mom was born in Canada, but her parents were actually
born in Cardiff, Wales. And my grandma met my grandpa,
and they fell in love, although I think that they were both from different families. So one was a little, like
my grandmother was well off in comparison to my grandfather. I feel a connection to her because of her journey into motherhood. Here she was, an expat,
if you will, in Canada, she didn’t have friends,
she didn’t have family here. I myself had my children
in a foreign place, I lived in Malaysia, I embarked
on my motherhood journey starting from a rather lonely place. I didn’t have friends, I
didn’t have family there, but I made it work. And it was one of the best
adventures of my life. I feel that connection with her. On my dad’s side of the family, my grandmother was an artist. I don’t know that she would call herself an artist, but she was. Honest-to-goodness, if
she was around today, my age, she would be the best
DIY blogger that existed. Her house was perfection. But what was a challenge is
that the time that she was born, and the era that she was born in, it wasn’t the easiest time to pursue a career outside
of raising children. And I know a story that
just is in my mind, that she would paint in the day, and then when it was time
for my aunt and my dad to come home from school, she
would just slip the painting underneath the sofa, and
then continue painting later. And that’s kind of what I know. So obviously, there are
a lot of gaps to fill. I mean, there’s entire generations I don’t know anything about, and I’m super curious to learn more. So let’s begin. – You always start with what you know. Starting with yourself, and your parents, your grandparents, anything else. Talk to those living
members of your family, get that information, and get it online. And if you don’t always
know the exact information, that’s okay, just start
with what you know, and then they have these
little green leaves that kinda pop up, and
those are called Hints. And what that does, is it kind of says we think that this record might
be related to your person. So it gives you a Hint
to go check that record and see if that information
is indeed your person. You talked a lot with us beforehand about your maternal grandmother. – Yes.
– That she left Wales. – She did.
– And came to Canada. You mentioned that they came from, your grandparents came
from differing families. – They did.
– So let’s look at Thomas, at Thomas Leslie Rees,
that’s your grandfather. Let’s click on Albert
Rees, you said Albert, and we’re going to just look
at the information you gave, and he was born about
1899 in Cardiff, Wales. There is some Hints there,
so let’s go visit those. This one is a 1939 England
and Wales register. So the most recent census
for the U.K. is 1911. But we have a 1939 Wales register, and so that is kind of
a substitute right now, before we get the 1921
census from England. So let’s go ahead and
click into the image, which is really fascinating.
– Oh, interesting. – Can you see what his occupation is? – What’s a dredger? I heard he was a longshoreman. – Longshoreman, so this is a dredger, he’s working on the docks. – Yes, this is what I, and
that’s a rough place to be. – Yes, so that’s probably where the poor, not educated, not wealthy is coming from.
– Exactly. – Click Save to your tree. And that will automatically
get saved right to your tree. – Oh, that’s so neat.
– So, step one. (laughs) Let’s go and see what Margaret’s
family may have been doing. So click on this little
Pedigree button right there, and that takes you back to your tree. – Okay. – Great. So now let’s go to Archibald, that’s Margaret’s father.
– Archibald, I know he–
– That just sounds more posh, doesn’t it?
– It does, okay. – Okay, now go to his Hints as well,
– Oh, yes. – We’re gonna see what he has. And let’s find that same registry, that 1939 England and Wales register. – His occupation.
– He was a commercial traveler, commercial traveler. So he was a merchant.
– What does that mean? – So he would go and
sell all over the world. – So he was like a salesman.
– Mm-hmm. – Interesting. – So you have one person
who’s at the docks, and the other who’s traveling
all over the world, selling. So very different.
– Something. – Very different.
– And what does that say, tea? That’s interesting. It’s hard to, it’s very handwritten. – Yes, very apparent that these two people lived from, like you said, one had oranges on the bed at Christmas, perhaps Thomas did not. – Oh, definitely not. – We’re gonna go to Margaret
now, let’s click on Margaret and go to her profile. – All right.
– Have you seen this one? – Okay, no, not this one.
– Click on this one. – [Amanda] But I’ve seen a
version of her in uniform. – So she’s in uniform.
– Right? – Any ideas about that? – All I know is the hair thing. – Okay.
– That’s it. – So something about uniform – Right.
– is there. So she served in World War II. – She did. – She’s in uniform. – Right. – So let’s find out about that. – Okay.
– So let’s add that photo, save that, and what that will do is it will save it right to your tree, and so someone has shared that online, and it’s added now to
your profile, see that? It’s great.
– Amazing. – So, something, I’m like
I wanna find out more about her military service, and I came across a newspaper
announcement of her marriage. – Oh. – And so I have a copy of that. – This is in the Western
Mail, March 18th, 1946. So, marriages, Rees-Howell. On Saturday, March 16th, at
St. Mary’s Church, Whitechurch. Okay, so what is this, female? – [Lisa] So F. sergeant
means flight sergeant. – He was in it. I might start to cry. (both laugh) To Margaret Joan Howell, so what’s ATS? – ATS is Auxiliary Territorial Service, she was in the military. – Oh my god.
– If you were not a nurse, – Right.
– That is where the women in the military served. – Damn, look at that. – You know, I think they have two people in two different social circles, one could suspect maybe the military is what brought them together. – Absolutely, I knew it was the military. I just didn’t know in what capacity. I also didn’t know if my
grandfather was telling the truth, because he was such a
larger-than-life character. – Absolutely. Well, you have to have a
certain kind of attitude to be able to fly an airplane
into war, and fighting. And I mean, there just
has to be some kind, it’s kind of like a surgeon, right? – And we all know that I
married a pilot, right? – Well there you go.
– What the heck? – Let’s go look at Elizabeth Hackett, I wanna look at the women. – Absolutely.
– We’re focusing on the women, right?
– Absolutely. – For International Women’s Day. And let’s click Search for her, as well. And let’s see what we find.
– Okay, so even if you see nothing here, you’re like.
– Right, see, nothing. You could do a global search, ’cause we do have her
relationship to Daniel to help guide us. Here she is, Mrs. Elizabeth Sullivan. And what’s this? – Wow, she was a school teacher. – School teacher, did you know that? – No, but I tell you, on
that side of the family, there’s a lot. My grandfather was a professor,
a university professor. Wow.
– Okay. – So that was–
– So she was a school teacher, and this is in Kent County, New Brunswick, and she was born in about 1857. – Wow.
– So in her 20s, so in the 1870s, she was a school teacher. Education in that area became
very important and mandated about, in the 1870s,
it started becoming so. So she was right at the cusp of all of that educational movement. – Wow.
– Into that area. – Almost like a pioneer.
– Yeah. – It’s so interesting, just to
have that one little nugget. Just bloop, you know?
– Yep. And this, and she, that probably indicates she came from a wealthier Irish family, not a destitute famine coming
to Canada from the famine, but their family came a little
bit earlier than the famine, and probably meant they
had a little more money, they were more educated, and she wanted to share that education with the people of her community. – Absolutely. Oh, that’s really interesting.
– What a mover and a shaker. – Yeah!
– I love that. (laughs) So now, you were talking
about the Leclair family, or the LeClerc family.
– Yes. – So tell me about that. What do you know about them? – So okay, what do I know? I know that Alfred, I
think he did something, he worked, so for the men
that would go into the forest and cut down trees, he was the chef. – Oh.
– That’s what I understood. – French chef.
– Yep, New Brunswick. And then, something
happened, he lost a leg. I could be, you know, this is,
my brain’s not really sure. He lost a leg somehow. I know that Alfred and
Rose had a ton of children, because it’s a bit of a funny joke. It was like basically, he would go, and then they would go,
and he would be away, and every time he came
home, they had a baby. So, and Rose was just exquisite. She had her hair always up,
and she just looked fabulous, and my grandmother would tell
me, she could do anything. She just took the time to make the beautiful curtains in the house, and the dresses for all the girls. – So very skilled.
– Very skilled, very yeah, I mean, and
if you think about it, her husband was away. So she did it for herself
and for all of her children. – [Lisa] So we said his name was Alfred. – Ah.
– And so this is showing Fred. – Is it?
– Joseph Fred. So I’m thinking it’s Joseph Alfred. And he probably went by Fred. So he’s 24. – Okay, and this is a marriage. – Correct. – Okay, so marriage. He was, oh, a soldier. – Her name’s Rose Gagnon.
– Yes. – Oh, she was 17.
– Young thing. – That’s young. – So she was born in
the States, as it were. – Right.
– But then went back up to Canada, the
family was from Canada. Here’s the wonderful thing
about French-Canadian ancestry. I have French-Canadian ancestry, as well. – Oh, okay.
– So yay, cousins. (Amanda laughs)
‘Cause it’s likely we are cousins.
– Oh my god, yeah. – Because French Canada,
there was a group of people that came over and established New France, and then they had children, and then those children married those, you know, so there’s lots
of different connections you can make with people
who are from French Canada. This is the tree we’ve researched for you. – Okay. – And then let’s click on the Noel line. You have a line with the
last name Christmas, Noel. – Noel, I love that name. – Ignace Noel.
– Ignace Noel. – [Lisa] And then who is his mother? – [Amanda] Nicole LeGrand. – Nicole LeGrand.
– Okay. – [Lisa] Okay, when was she born? – 1648, wow. – Long time ago.
– That’s a long time ago. – So have you ever heard
of the filles du roi? – Yes, hold on, filles du roi.
– Filles du roi. – So that’s daughters of–
– The king. – Oh my god. Hold on, okay, so tell me more. (Lisa laughs)
Like wait. – Well tell me what you know. What do you know? – I don’t, I should know more. Okay, let’s see if I’m right. So daughters of the king. Were these the women
that were sent to Canada to establish people, like to have babies?
– Yes, yes. They were women that were
called daughters of the king because they were given a
dowry by the king of France. And we had, over in New France, there were trappers, there
were farmers, soldiers, it was all men. And they wanted to establish this colony. – Right.
– French colony. And you need women to help make families.
– Have the babies, yeah. – And so, what they were
were they were women who were orphaned, or who
came from circumstances that were not as desirable, maybe they didn’t have opportunity or matches that could be made. And they would actually
choose the man they married. They weren’t assigned. It wasn’t a mail-order bride. – It was kind of like here,
let’s see what happens, and go find–
– Yeah, come on over, and you’re going to,
and when they married, well first, when they came over, they were given money, they were given a living of sorts, and then when they married, they were given a certain dowry that would come with them to the marriage. So like two cows, and 50 livre of money, and two pigs or something. And they would bring it into the marriage. So it was a desirable thing for
the man to marry this woman. – [Amanda] Right. – Well your, this is your
eight times great-grandmother, Nicole LeGrand, and she
was a filles du roi. There’s an actual society
that you can join in Canada that is members of the filles du roi, that have this ancestry that you can– – Oh my gosh.
– Yeah, there’s all these different kinds of historical
societies, different things. And there is one very,
very specifically for this. I tell my friends in the States that having ancestry that
goes to filles du roi is like having a Mayflower
ancestor in the States. Because the Mayflower is very noted for, they’re one of the first that came over. And the filles du roi were
quite literally the first. – The first, this is incredible. You do know that after you go, Lisa, I’m about to do a lotta research on filles du roi.
– I’m excited. – Like by brain is like
(imitates explosion). Okay, so the biggest
one, les filles du roi. They are the maternal ancestors of thousands of North Americans, because they come from the
French-speaking regions, and institutions of France. I suppose the reason I got
so emotional at that part is that it instantly connected me to them. It’s just, it gives me chills. It really gives me chills to feel like I’m part of a bigger picture. A big thanks to Ancestry
for teaming up with me today and sponsoring this video. I’m feeling so empowered and
inspired by my own story. I mean, they have more than
10 million family trees, and access to 13 billion
ancestor profiles, are you kidding me? Like your family’s in
there, trust. (laughs) Now of course, a reminder
that you can have access to Ancestry yourself,
to do your own digging, your own family history,
your own family tree, for 14 days, the links are below. I’ll see you in the next video, bye. (mellow music)

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