Thursday, March 1, 2012

To My Ancestors

To my ancestors,

As may have been noticed, I’ve slacked off a little lately telling your stories. For that I apologize.

However, I’m sure no apology is needed as I’ve being doing things you surely enjoyed with every fiber of your being. Things you would trade anything to do just one more time. Things such as playing, talking long walks, snowshoeing, spending time with family and friends, caring for loved ones, cooking, learning, loving, laughing, planning, working and dreaming.

Of course, I will write more soon. Sharing your stories as I know them is very important to me. Sharing your stories connects me with those that came before me, most of whom I’ve never met. Sharing your stories connects me with current relatives and opens up new and wonderful relationships. Sharing your stories so that future generations will understand more about the lives that came before them is something that I believe is my responsibility.

So, until the next time I write know I am thinking of you as I live my life. In the interim, feel free to send me a tip or two about my brick walls.


Your descendant Michael


  1. Is Auger a version of Auxier, an anglicized pronunciation? There is a family in our town named Auxier and I've noticed the similarity to the (even-more-anglicized) "Osher"

    My mother's mother was French Canadian/Franco American and her family name was Willett, spelled that way, but of course we have many Ouellettes around here too.

    Thanks for the blog!

    1. Thanks for your comment Kim! Regarding the Auger surname, I have traced it back to France in the 1650's. The spelling fluctuated a little over time, transitioning from Augeay to Auge, but in my family the name hasn't been anglicized to my knowledge.

  2. Hi, I am Sharyn McGlinchey Hay, a cousin of Mike's on the Gagne side. I saw your Auxier question and have a little information about it. One of my genealogy students, 86 years old, was the former Ruth Auxier. We know for sure that the surname is not related to Auger because we find it as Oxer and variants back to the 1600s. I am not able to put my hands on the file right now but I will look for it and you can email me at

    1. Sharyn - thanks so much for sharing this information! Mike