“Qui vivra verra” – “He/she who lives, shall see.”
Sister Trip to Paris France
Ahhhh, Paris France. The city of love, eating a croissant in a French Bakery, a love lock on a bridge, a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, a photo in front of the Moulin Rouge, a stroll down the Shanzelize , a tour of the Louvre, a walk under the Arc Du Triomphe – this city is packed with things to do and see. Aside from experiencing the beauty of these famous landmarks, my sisters and I embarked on a journey to explore our family’s past. It was more than a vacation, it was a journey to learn more about ourselves.
A Familiar Name on the Arc Du Triomphe
That moment you look over from a distance and in a where’s waldo moment on the Shanzelize, you find your family name. My grandfather spoke a lot about our French family and history. He spoke French words to us, even with his Boston/Quebec upbringing. He knew of our history in Canada and France, but we never asked all the questions we wanted to. So we set out to Paris for a sister trip and learned a lot we never knew.
The moment we landed, we felt home. Not that the locals felt the same, but that didn’t matter, we were excited to explore everything/everywhere and turn up our Parisian. We took a sister stroll down the Shanzelize and looked up toward the Arc Du Triomphe. We were so excited we headed straight toward it snapping photo after photo. As we drew closer, we noticed markings on the wall. It wasn’t long before we realized hundreds, if not thousands of names were imprinted on the structure. My sisters gazed their eyes on the Arc, glancing up and down each aisle in search of our name. Right as I heard my sister Tiffany breathe a sigh and say “oh well”, I looked over from a distance and there it was, “Menard”. Our family name was chiseled in the concrete of this historical structure under the name”Napoleon Bonaparte”.
Four names above our name “Menard” is our other family name “Grenier”. Coincidence?
Much of our discovery of our past is due in part to our grandmother and Ancestry.com! 30 day free trial and you might find yourself digging 200 years into your past. I’m not kidding. I found records from 600 years ago and learned that our family dates back to France and Canada 600+ years back. Here is a snapshot of a few of the things I found:
Photo of our Great Great Joseph Menard (1875 – 1946)
Our Great Grandfather Edgar Menard
Great Grandmother Florida LaChapelle
A friendly notification from a family member a few times removed, “Priceless”
Ancestry.com provided us a snapshot of our family tree…