All Bilodeau’s in North America all come from a single family from new France in 1650. How do we know this? Well first, we have some amazing church records which give us a family tree which connects all the families. Second, we now can check our genes, and from that, solve mysteries that can go beyond our records even beyond written civilization. Our genes hold the pedigree to not only the origins of the Bilodeau family but to the origins of how the Bilodeau family became who we are.
I am going to write a series of posts that will hopefully help those interested to better understand the power in reading our genetic heritage.
- What is DNA, Y Chromosome, Mitochondrial DNA, and Haplogroups?
- How can we trace our ancestors with DNA?
- What’s a Haplogroup and Why is the Haplogroup G2A significant?
- Where did the Bilodeaus of France come from? Records indicate that the name Bilodeau was new to France in the 1600’s when Jacques Bilodeau came to New France. So were did we come from?
- Bilodeaus of France, how closely related are they to the Bilodeaus of North America?
- There are still Bilodeaus that seem to have no paper connection to the main Bilodeau line. Are they connected, and if so where?
- COULD Bilodeau’s had Jewish Ancestery? Could our anestors been a part of the Sephardic Jews that left Spain in the 1600’s?
UPDATE – It doesn’t look like we are directly related to Jewish Ancestry. As more and more of the G Haplogroup gets documented it seems unlikely that Bilodeau’s come from a Jewish Line.
Here is the Reasoning – Credit Daniel Bilodeau
From the information that I’ve (Daniel Bilodeau) come across so far, g2c are almost exclusively (Ashkenazic) Jewish, but while g2a can be Jewish (e.g.: Sephardim on the Spanish island of Ibiza) it is said to not always indicate Jewishness (i.e.: if I understand correctly, what characterizes g2a Jews is possession of a particular SNP mutation(i), and that they also share amongst themselves a commonality in that their STR markers differ from the normative patterns expected amongst the majority of g2a(ii)).
On ysearch, I searched for people whose Y-DNA profile closely matched Dr. Leo & Jim Bilodeau; among the results were two people who showed they belonged to g2a3b1 (one went further and was g2a3b1a); but both of these are, I think, still not specific enough. Jews do fall under g2a3b1, but it is still not anything certain and I would still caution that it is still(statistically) more likely we are not Jewish than that we are. Additionally, I had set the search results filter to accept 1 degree of genetic disparity (similar, but with slight differences in genetic profile) so that Dr. Leo and Jim Bilodeau may themselves notactually be g2a3b1–heck, when I set it to accept search results with 8 degrees of disparity the results contained people with a Haplogroup “N” so I mention the fact that two people with Y-DNA profiles very similar to Dr. Leo and Jim as being “g2a3b1” on an “FYI” basis (or as a trail you may want to follow further).
3. Here are some sites I got info from:
iii. This site has a nice and slightly informative video concerning “Haplogroup G”: http://www.genebase.com/