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Re: Hamelin Genealogy brick walls
Posted by: Kelly Tyler (ID *****2469) Date: November 11, 2006 at 11:00:28
In Reply to: Hamelin Genealogy brick walls by Diane Buttineau of 340

Hello Dianne. I believe I responded to your message a while back, but I wanted to bring up another possibility for you. Are you aware of how badly the census-takers have managed to bastardize the name Hamelin? For example, I, too, am a Hamelin (Augustin dit Azure Hamelin was my great-great-grandfather), but a census-taker named Matthew Cook mistakenly recorded our surname as Emilen, I believe; and the last name eventually evolved into Emblau which has been used for the past 100 years. I am also a VANASSE and that name was recorded by the census-takers are Anos, Amass and Anas, or Anass. So, when doing your research, try using Emlaw, Emlin, Emilen, etc. - any variation that you can think of. If your branch of the Hamelin family was enumerated, they will be there somewhere. The Hamelins were prolific breeders, as were the Vanasses. Gus Emblau (aka Augustin Hamelin, Jr.) and Amelia Calder, together with Amelia's parents (Jean Baptiste, Sr. and Amelia Vanasse) were founding families of Tail Creek, Alberta and were well-known and respected for their prowess in buffalo hunting. A lot of the family is still in this area today, so be on the look-out for family members who lived in Tail Creek, Nevis, Stettler and Big Valley. I sincerely wish you good luck in your search. Hang in there because I, too, hit many brick walls while doing my own genealogical research; but I am no longer "lost". I have been found and I now know who I am. God bless.


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