Finding Florence - Descendant Journals
In June 2018 we embarked on a new research project in an attempt
Kathy WATSON*, Florence's daughter, had her DNA analyzed, June 2017, at Ancestry.ca and we started searching for 'cousins'. With their help we researched these cousins to identify a common ancestor. With a set of common ancestors we worked our way back down the tree to identify possible 'suspects'. It took a year of research to identify a family name and in July, 2018, we discovered Florence's birth transcript at the Ontario Archives.
Florence was born Jean SAUNDERS on November 24, 1915 in Port Elgin and her mother was listed as Eupemia SAUNDERS . Click on SAUNDERS to see Kathy's biological family on her maternal grandmother's side.
We appreciate the help of Patricia ROE, who set us off in the right direction with her comment "you might look at the McLEODs in Kincardine Township, Bruce County". You can find Paricia's connection in the GRAHAM Family Journal.
Unfortunately the father was not named on the birth transcript, so our search continues ...... Update; May 25, 2019.
Although there were not any close DNA matches it was apparent we were looking for someone with French Canadian heritage. In March 2019 a good match popped up, Terry JENKINS, 454 cM's, or possible 2nd cousin. The only useful info Terry passed on to me was that his maternal grandmher may have been a LEVEBRE or SWEENEY.
This led me to Rene LEFEBVRE, b 1891 in Montreal, who was living in Port
Elgin in 1915 (the year Florence was born). Rene joined the armed forces in
1917 and came back to Port Elgin after the war. In 1921 he married Pheobe
FINK, a widow with three children and moved to Southampton.
I have one DNA match that connects to Kathy and Terry but I'll need a couple more before I can make a positive connection.
Please note, this is a work in progress and not all the
connetions have been proven. I am open to any and all, questions, comments
and corrections, Case.
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