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My Famous Cousins

 Jean Chrétien | Hillary Rodham Clinton | Céline Dion | Louis Joliet | Dionne Quintuplets | Louis Fréchette | Angelina Jolie | Jack Kérouac | Felix Leclerc | Pamphile Lemay | René Levesque | Claire L'Heureux-Dubé | Madonna | Félix-Gabriel Marchand
Filles du Roi | Filles à Marier | Indian Connection

Connection with Royalty

Jean Chrétien (1934 -)

Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947 -)

  • Wikipedia
  • Hillary is my ninth cousin. Our common ancestor is Jean Cusson married to Marie Foubert in 1656 in Trois-Rivières, QC, which happens to be my hometown.

Céline DionCéline Dion (1968 -)

  • Popular Singer - The official Celine Dion Web Site
  • Céline is my ninth cousin. Our common ancestor is Pierre Testu.

Louis Jolliet (1645 - 1700)

  • Explorer, Discoverer of the Mississipi, royal cartographer, Professor at the Collège des Jésuites de Québec, organist, trader and seigneur, baptised in Québec on 21 Sep 1645, the son of Jean Jollyet, a wagon-maker in the service of the Company of One Hundred Associates (Company of New France), and of Marie d'Abancourt.
  • He is my eight grand uncle. Our common ancestor is Marie D'Abrancourt.

Dionne Quintuplets (1934 -)

Louis Honoré FréchetteLouis Honoré Fréchette (1839 - 1908)

Angelina Jolie (1975 -)

  • Wikipedia
  • Angelina in my sixth cousin. Our common ancestor is Claude Deveau, m. to Madeleine Gendron in 1742.

Jack KérouacJack Kérouac (né Jean-Louis) (1922 - 1969)

  • Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, to a French Canadian-American, Catholic family, Jack Kerouac remains one of America’s most influential and  inspirational writers. On the Road, published in 1957, brought him immediate fame, and the media proclaimed Kerouac “the voice of the Beat Generation.” He became a symbol of American restlessness and the promise of the open road. But Kerouac’s personal journey was a serious  pursuit of an aesthetic life equal to his mystical visions of America’s people and places.
  • Links
  • Jack is my ninth cousin. Our common ancestor is Simon Lereau (1634-1670).

Félix LeclercFélix Leclerc (1914 - 1988)

Léon Phamphile LeMay (1837 - 1918)

René Levesque (1922 - 1987) 

  • French-Canadian separatist leader and Premier of Quebec (1976-85), René Levesque was originally a member of the Liberal party, he helped form (1968) "Le Parti Québécois", which advocated Quebec's secession from Canada. In 1980 Quebec voters rejected a sovereignty- association scheme in a provincial referendum, but Lévesque's popularity in Quebec remained high. He resigned as  party leader and premier (1985) when the party voted to temporarily abandon the goal of separation.
  • Works by René Levesque - Services Documentaires Multimédia
  • Ancestors of  René Levesque to Simon Lereau.
  • René is my ninth cousin. Our common ancestor is Simon Lereau (1634-1670).
  • His wife, Louise L'Heureux is also my eight cousin once removed. Our common ancestor is again Simon Lereau.

Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-DubéMadam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé (1927 -)

Madonna née Madonna Veronica Ciccone (1958 -)

Felix-Gabriel MarchandFelix-Gabriel Marchand (1832 - 1900)


Filles du Roi Connections

The Filles du Roi or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. From this list, at least 47 were my ancestors. For more reading, see

Filles à Marier

Between 1634 and 1663, 262 filles à marier or "marriageable girls" emigrated to New France representing one quarter of all the single girls arriving in New France through 1673. They were recruited and chaperoned by religious groups or individuals who had to assure and account for their good conduct. In general, they were poor, although there were some members of the petty nobility among their ranks. Several of them were my ancestors (List TBD). For more reading, see

Indian Connection

One of my ancestors is Jean Nicolet, the french explorer, interpreter and discoverer of Wisconsin. My connection to Jean is through his illegitimate daughter, Euphrasie Madeleine Nicolet whose mother was a Nipissing Indian woman.

Possible Others

Robert L'Heureux, the database master for the LHEUREUX database has the ancestry of many more famous people. See the list of people he is working on.

Connections with the European Royalty

Charlemagne, King of the FranksCharlemagne (747 - 814)

Charles I, Charles the Great, King of the Franks and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, is my 38th great-grandfather. In all, I am aware of 27 connections to Charlemagne.

Other Links

  • Descendants database on Infomatik - With German names
  • Charlemagne - Courtesy of LucidCafe
  • Charlemagne - Courtesy of Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home
  • Catherine de Baillon to Charlemagne - Royal Connection Research Association
  • Charles, Prince of WalesHouse of Windsor

    Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur Windsor), is my 23rd cousin. Our common ancestor is Louis IX. Charles' mother is Queen Elizabeth II.

    Other links to European Nobility

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