Welcome to Molly’s Canopy!
My name is Molly Charboneau. I am a writer-editor and a genealogist-family historian — growing family trees one leaf at a time.
My passion for family history research caught fire decades ago on a vacation trip to Montréal, Québec, when I found my paternal great, great grandfather Laurent Charbonneau’s 1832 baptismal record in an archive.
Sitting in a darkened room scrolling through church records, I could barely read the handwriting or decipher the French — or contain my excitement when I finally found my ancestor’s name! I returned home with a certified copy clutched in my hand and a burning desire to continue exploring my heritage. In short, I was hooked.
Since then, I have visited archives and records repositories and spent hours online in the quest for vital genealogy documentation.
Yet what stays with me more than the records is traveling to places where my ancestors lived, worked, raised families, contributed to their community life and sometimes even made history — and the stories that those visits reveal.
On this blog I share some of those ancestral stories, along with tips on how to plan a visit to an ancestor’s home area and ways to get the most out of family history research and road trips.
For more about how I got started as a genealogy blogger, check out May I Introduce To You…Molly Charboneau from the GeneaBloggers website and Happy Blogiversary to Molly’s Canopy! from the GeneaBloggersTRIBE blog.
I hope you’ll join me on the journey!