I had someone say to me, “I’m trying to figure out who you are?” Lol. I never realized other people who might not know me would be reading this blog. So, if you don’t know me, my dad was Tim Jacques and my mother, Ruby Hardin Jacques. I am the youngest in a family of five and also the youngest grandchild of each of my grandparents. On the Jacques side, my grandfather was Celestino Jacques, my grandmother Tonita Jacques. My maternal grandfather, Charles J. Hardin and my maternal grandmother, Flora Burgess Hardin.
My obsession, if I must call it that (and I do), with ancestry research had its origins in my grandmother, Flora Burgess Hardin (True). I am grateful a 4th grade teacher asked for a family tree and my mom directed me to Grandma. The letter she wrote about her childhood had me enthralled. It fueled my research and I feel like I haven’t even touched the surface. As a young adult, after her initial letter, I went to Salt Lake City on a trip. I met up with a cousin of my mothers and went to the genealogy library to continue my research. I always felt sad for my grandmother, for growing up motherless and to discover a document with words that her mother spoke, meant so much to me because it would have meant the world to my grandmother and my mother. I was very fortunate that my father learned a lot about his history and to continue my research now affords me the chance to honor my past, continues to fill my present and promises our future generations will benefit for years to come.
Yvonne Jacques Bennett
P.S. Some of my family still call me Cookie – just so it doesn’t confuse anyone