Originally Posted on January 23 2010:
As I have mentioned, before I started looking, I knew nothing about the Rivait’s. I did not know how large of a family it was or how long we had been in Canada for. My dad gave me a name of another Rivait that he said we were related to. I contacted him and found out that we were second cousins. With his father’s help I was able to piece together my grandfather’s brothers and sisters. I now knew who my great-grandparents were, William Rivait & Alexina Guilbeault. After further research, I found out that my great-grandfather was born Guillaume Rivet. When I searched for Rivait, there was never very much. My line of Rivait’s was only 3 generations old. When I started investigating the Rivet name, I found a lot more historic documents. After e-mailing another Rivait, she shared her research that took the Rivet’s back to Maurice Rivet (b. 1642 in La Rochelle, France). Maurice is my 7 times great-grandfather. He came to Canada around 1664 and settle in Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Maurice married Marie Cusson, who was born around 1657 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine. They had 12 children and being good French Catholics, they all had large families. Now the fun begins finding all the connections.