Genealogy is a story best read backwards, so I start with roots in Montana. The story then traces back from those Montana pioneers to Minnesota, Illinois and Utah, then to Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and eventually to France, Germany, Scotland, England, and places still unknown.  I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have.

My goal for this site is that it will be a place we can learn from each other, share our common heritage, and preserve it for future generations.

This site is a result of years of work, not just by me, but by many others.  I'd like to thank everyone now for your help and apologize if I haven't properly credited you.

I particularly want to acknowledge the following:

  • Monette and Franklin Dewey for providing access to research done in Trois Rivieres, Quebec on the Baril family.
  • Christine Bagwell Bell, for providing access to her research on our Whitworth and Battershell ancestors.
  • Naomi Smith, for providing access to her research on our Smith ancestors.
  • Nancy Smith Leach, for providing gravesite photographs from Illinois cemeteries.
  • Vernon L Chartier and the Chartier Family Association, for providing access to research on the Chartier family.
  • Eleanore Baril McFadden, for providing family photographs.

This is a work in progress, as is every genealogy.  There are lots of holes, and I’m sure some errors, although I always strive for accuracy. Where possible I have referred to original sources of information, but some lines are yet to be documented.  Please contact me when you come across mistakes and when you have new information to share. I would love to add copies of photos, diaries, old letters, family group sheets, or documents about the families on these pages.

For privacy reasons, this public online edition does not list living people.  If you find a living person listed on this site, please let me know and I will promptly remove the person.