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Adopted American finds traces of her biological family in Gaspésie


Through the American site Ancestry, she receives a detailed list of people who match her DNA. They came from Pasbébiac or Carletonremembers Sylvie Marrese.

When I learned that I had family in that area, it was no longer the plane I wanted to take, I was ready to run to the border!

A quote from Sylvie Marrese

DNAofAncestry, it’s the correspondencesDNA “,” text “:” The interesting thing about Ancestry’s DNA profile is the DNA matches “}}”>What’s interesting about the DNA profile ofAncestry, it’s DNA matches, comments Caroline Fortin, president and coordinator of the Retrouvailles Movement. This is how we are able to make links with people who have a filiation with us, it is more and more popular and it is very reliable., she notes.

It was amazing and at the same time, it was really hard to navigate through it all, without knowing these people, I didn’t know which side, my father or my mother, these names belonged to., continues the 50-year-old American.

Sylvie Marrese is a baby.

Sylvie Marrese, when she was very young.

Photo: Courtesy of Sylvie Marrese

She decides to get in touch with several of her cousins ​​on the genealogy site. Together, they seek the help of the Baie-des-Chaleurs community, through the Facebook groupPaspébiac “,” text “:” Tell me about Paspébiac “}}”>Tell me about Paspébiac to trace the genealogical tree of his biological family.

This is where they manage to discover the identity of Sylvie’s biological mother.

Recompose the pieces of history

I thought I was born in that region but, in fact, I was born in Montreal, says Sylvie Marrese.

Today I know the story, my mother got pregnant out of wedlock, and in the early 1960s it was shameful to have a child out of wedlock, she understands.

For Caroline Fortin, it is important to remember the customs of the time.

It was not possible to keep the children, because there was religion, there was family and society against these women, so these mothers had no other choice but to ‘exile for a while and returned to their starting point… Empty-handed. They left the child in a nursery in Montreal or Quebec, contextualizes the president of the Retrouvailles Movement.

According to the Movement, 300,000 children were placed for adoption between 1920 and 1970 in Quebec, which means that at least one in seven people are affected by adoption today.

Treat the approach with his biological family

What is beautiful about all of this is that my mother went back to my biological father, they got married and had another child, whom they called with the same name as me, Sylvie. We both have the same first name, says Sylvie Marrese.

Jacqueline and Charles Eugène are the biological parents of Sylvie Marrese.

Jacqueline and Charles Eugène, Sylvie Marrese’s biological parents, ended up having a second daughter whom they named … Sylvie.

Photo: Courtesy of Sylvie Marrese

The American tried to get in touch with her biological sister, who lives in the Gaspé, without much success. But she is aware that we must arm ourselves with patience.

Caroline Fortin, who supports people affected by adoption, often recommends calling on an organization to facilitate contact with their biological family.

She recalls that it is a shock when you receive information like this, especially if you have never been aware of it. You have to give him time to digest the news and to do his own checks with other people in the family, often this is where the secret comes out., testifies Caroline Fortin.

Indeed, Jacqueline, the mother of the two Sylvie had already revealed her secret, revealing one day to her brother Gerald’s wife that she had, somewhere, a daughter of her age.

Her brother says that at the end of her life, fighting against breast cancer, the Gaspésienne had taken steps to find the trace of her first daughter.

The pandemic exacerbates the desire to (re) find oneself

Sylvie Marrese notes the growing enthusiasm for genealogy. On the networks, I follow groups where people post pictures of their reunited families. The pandemic has arguably prompted people to reconnect with their families, she presumes.

The American does not regret for a second having taken this step. To know that you have a connection with a family that you don’t know is amazing, she rejoices, I should have tried harder when I was younger but things come at a good time in life, maybe before I wouldn’t have been able to handle it all.

A reunion is planned this summer in Gaspésie on the occasion of a large family reunion.

With information from Elise Thivierge

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