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June 29th, 2017

I suddenly realized yesterday that I had signed up for global for just one month. At the time I was imagining that I would be meeting up with family in Paris and getting family info I could use in research. That didn’t happen.

But with just a few days left in the month, I jumped in after work last night and did some searching.

I learned a few things:

  • The Robitall family also used “Robitaille” — census data in Canada uses this spelling, for example. He was a shoemaker, and a number of his kids did shoe-related work.
  • There was another Joseph and Philomena Robitaille with similar timing… but a different list of kids. Her maiden name was Robillard.
  • We have an ancestor named Berzilla, often spelled Brazila. I wonder what her parents were thinking.
  • My ancestors did a lot of traveling on ships.

The stories behind the people are largely lost. Perhaps someday I’ll find their stories. Perhaps I should make a point of collecting the stories people still remember.

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