Welcome to the usual chaos

Last updated January 13, 2004

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This is a web site created by Steve Perrin to accomplish a number of purposes.

Just click on any of the links in the Table of Contents to the left, some of which are duplicated in links above, and you will be taken to the area of your interest.


Steve Perrin

Who is Steve Perrin, anyway?

Going through this web site gives you a pretty good idea of what I am all about, but there are some things I'm not. For those, you need one of the other Steve Perrins. For instance, I am not:


But if you want to see the resume I show to potential technical writing employers, click here.


Where does the Perrin name come from?

According to someone else's research, the Perrin name originates in Central Europe. Some of those Perrins migrated to France in the 1500s. According to another Perrin in the game business, the family in France split up at the time of the Huguenots, and the protestants migrated to other countries.

That said, I should point out that Steve Perrin of the University of Michigan, above, has genealogy leading back to the Peryns family in England in the mid 1400s.

My branch of the family stayed Catholic and in France until the early 1700s, when my ancestors migrated to Canada. For more information, check out my brother Phil's web site either here or by clicking on the "WebDsign" button in the Table of Contents with his smiling countenance above it.


The Perrins own half of downtown Montreal

If you are a Perrin (or other French Canadian) and have this story in your family background, you are probably a relative

During the French and Indian Wars, a French colonist came home to his homestead to find that Indians had killed all of his family except for his young daughter. Grief-stricken, he turned the girl over to some nuns and told them to use his farm as a nunnery. He then disappeared.

The girl grew up under the tutelage of the nuns, married, and had many children. The nuns stayed on the farm, which essentially became the Catholic Church's HQ in Montreal.

In the 1930s, the Catholic Church attempted to track down the descendants of the girl and pay for land. The price being bandied about was $1,000,000. But the intransigence of some New England farmer Perrins made it impossible because they refused to take money from Mother Church.

Do you have a similar story in your background? Do you think it's for real?