Our family has lived along the St. Lawrence waterway for the past 400 years, first in Québec and Montréal and later in Detroit.
This work began over twenty years ago, when my cousin Richard LaJeunesse compiled the existing history of our family. This information went back seven and sometimes eight generations and provided names and places that proved invaluable when I began work on the family genealogy eleven years ago.
Arned with copies of René Jetté's "Dictionaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730" and Father Christian Denissen's "Genealogy of the French Families of the Detroit River Region 1701-1936", I began a journey that was to take me down the annals of North American history: the Civil War, the War of 1812, the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, the British occupation of New France, the founding of Detroit, and the founding and settling of Québec and Nouvelle France.
This, then, is my tribute to those brave men and women whose names are found in these records. They left the Old World and, crossing an ocean, carved the New World out of the wilderness.
The information listed here ends with our grandparents. If information is needed about later generations or if you have information to contribute, please contact me at the internet address shown below.
The information showing the descent of the family from Charlemagne and William the Conqueror through Jeanne LeMarchand can be found in the article "Les Le Neuf: état des connaissances" by René Jetté, Roland-Yves Gagné, John Patrick DuLong and Paul LePortier in the Memoires de la Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française, Vol. 51, no. 3, automne 2000.
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