My Family History

Update 2014

I am creating separate sections for my family history blogs and separate pages for each blog entry. This way I can include separate links for each entry, which I will be able to post on other forums, directing visitors right away to the posted article.

All these new pages can be accessed by highlighting the MY FAMILY HISTORY menu tab above.

NOTE: Because genealogical research is every changing, and I’m constantly updating my own ancestral charts, I find it impractical to post family group sheets and pedigrees on this site. I would direct visitors to either use or to access this information.

I prefer to focus on telling the stories of my ancestors rather than simply repeating previous research, and hope to encourage others to find their roots.

-Paul J. Elliott

As always, I welcome your comments.

Elliott Family Tree

Chevalier Family Pedigree PDF DOC

*NEW My Relationship Chart to Pierre Elliott Trudeau PDF DOC
(Note: the common relationship is not the name Elliott)

Bowersox Family Pedigree PDF DOC



One response to “My Family History

  1. Hello Paul,

    I was wondering that if in the research of your Chevalier family line that you encountered any members of that family that would have relocated to the Chateaugay, NY area in the mid to late 1800s?

    I have just recently started exploring my family history and have traced my paternal line to a Joseph D. Gardner, who was born in Canada in 1823 and died in Brainardsville, NY in 1897. I was having difficult finding anything of this part of my family’s history prior to the 1870 US Census records, until I came across the records for the St. Patrick’s Church in Chateaugay.

    Early church baptism and marriage records indicated that the family had originally had the surname Chevalier. Joseph Chevalier married Amelia LeCourt sometime around 1845 and moved to the New York sometime in the 1850s. They had six children (Cornelius, Joseph, Julius, Delima, Octab, and David) who all changed their surname to Gardner/Gardiner

    Thank you for your time. If you need any additional information, I can be reached at or at (989) 390-1992


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