I just happen to stumble across your message board by accident. How far back is the basinaw name that you are refering to? My family name is basnaw but it starts in 1890. Just tonight I got to 1880 with a different spelling but it is the same person and no one knows what it was before. Could these be splits from the same line? We know that our line changed their name several times and we have it passed down that it was originaly french.