“Without t rouin collection no one would ever have known my great grandmother''''s true story...”
The Drouin collection saved the reputation of my great grandmother. For years we wondered why she abandoned her three young children in Quebec and moved to Ontario just months after her husband, my great grandfather, died in an accident.
When I went to the Drouin collection to look for the death reco or my great grandfather, I discovered, in the very same recompte d''''eglise de S variste de Forsyth (1915) not one burial from my great grandmother''''s family but fou
In the months surrounding my great grandfather''''s death my great grandmother also lost her mother in law, her father in law, and her infant daughter. Further research showed that my great grandmother was in fact an orphan and may have had no one to turn to help support her young family.
Whether she left because she wanted a new life for her children or because she was terrified of experiencing more death is unknown; what is known, thanks to the Drouin collection, is that what was a simple family legend of a mother leaving her children to the nuns has grown into a more complex story of family grief that has absolved my great grandmother in the hearts and minds of her descendants.
Without the Dun collection no one would ever have known my great grandmother''''s true story (she never spoke about it to her children whese reunited with them about 14 years after leaving them). I wouldn''''t have known my great grandmother was an orphan relf or that she had brothers (with descendents), either, if I hadn''''t researched her family using the collection. Being of French Canadian descent I have been able to piece together my entire family history, back to 1666, using the Drouin collection. I am so grateful for the collection and encourage others to use it to its full potential as well.