Unraveling Identity: Exploring the Enigmatic Past of a Misidentified Grandfather

Presented by Dr. Sarah J. Makowski

60-Minute Bonus Track

This thought-provoking presentation relates to a remarkable journey of genealogical self-discovery. Through DNA and social media, Makowski uncovers the startling truth that challenges a grandfather’s identity, revealing a complex web of deceit and hidden heritage. She explores the reasons behind his fabricated identity, tracing French-Canadian roots intertwined with a rich First Nations ancestry. This multi-media search explores the family’s connection to the Great Lakes waterways and highlights the significance of maps, digital archives, and social media in reconnecting with relatives, briefly touching upon the challenges faced when exploring First Nations heritage.