Barbara Chagnon became interested in genealogy in the late nineteen seventies, when she moved to Manchester, NH and noticed the name Romeo Chagnon painted on the side of a building. She became curious to know if they could possibly be related. After doing some research she found out that yes they were distantly related. This spark of curiosity ended up turning into a lifelong passion for genealogy.
Barbara is a certified professional genetic genealogist. She specializes in research in the New England states and Franco American ancestry (Quebec). And more recently has expanded her research to include North Carolina. In 2017, Barbara began studying and researching with the use DNA. She has found that genetic genealogy is a great tool to use with traditional genealogy research.
Besides researching her own family surnames, Barbara helps adoptees who are looking for their biological parents or other unknown family members. She is a Search Angel for WikiTreeAdoption.org and a team member of the DNAAdoption.org.
Barbara researches many of the surnames in her Chagnon family tree. “It’s like meeting new relatives every time I discover someone new”.
Barbara is the author of the Chagnon Family History which is now in its 5th edition.
Besides her passion for genealogy, Barbara has been the grave keeper for several relatives’ graves over the years. In early 2018 Barbara finished a 3 Volume eBook Guide collection called “Seeking Those Who Have Gone Before Us.” It is a collection of information on over 250 of Chagnon deceased relatives and their last earthly residence. It is her hope that the grave-site guidebook will help living relatives to find the graves of family members so they can cherish and honor them by visiting and caring for their grave-sites.
Barbara is the website designer/developer and maintains the ChagnonFamilyTree.com, the Vermont Genealogy Library Society, vtgenlib.org and the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, HCGHS.org and the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association websites, along with several non genealogy related websites. She created Chagnonfamilytree.com so that she can share her research and help others in the search for their ancestry.
There is a ChagnonFamilyTree Facebook page , where she post the latest happens and news, especially the monthly memorial, which honors relatives who have gone before.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact her.