That’s the reason why I have been writing so much lately.

So these children might one day find their ancestors and pictures of them.


Everything is always free here, and you can always drop me a line by adding a comment.

I will get back later with this group picture.

Children who are pictured here in 1958 are the most precious people to write for.


To be continued…

British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube

Pierre Lagacé:

If TV is boring…

Originally posted on The British Pathé Archive Blog:

YouTube release

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage…

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Who’s Who? – The 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose.

Do you want to play a little game of History Detectives with this group picture…?

Are you sure you want to do this?

This could last all year you know…


Collection Jason West


It’s always a great help when you have captions to go along with pictures. Some, if not most, don’t have any, and you have to find a way to find who’s who sometimes like this picture of Exeurie Myers, Julien Myers’ brother with an old lady we knew nothing about a few weeks ago. 


Collection Jason West


Who is the old lady?

Going back to the group picture, I am sure it will be easy to identify Exurie’ son Arthur and his wife Rose Alma La Rose in the group picture.

Rose Alma and Arthur

But who is the lady in these pictures?



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At first I thought it was Rose Myers, Exeurie’s sister.

Well guess again when you take a good look at this!

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophranie Beaugrand dit Champagne and Exeurie Myers
Collection Jason West

And this!


Are you still sure we should play Who’s Who with the group picture of the 50th wedding anniversary of Urgel Boisjolie and Rosalie LaRose?

This could last all year you know, because Jason has sent some cards for me to look at.

Jason West’s collection of old pictures

Am I going to find all these people’s ancestors on this group picture and all their descendants?


Probably not.

But I will put their names on this blog so someone might find them and write a comment or fill out this form to contact me in the future.

What about this picture?

Why are all these people smiling?

Well most are smiling…

Next time we will play a little game of History Detectives…

Agnes Lagaser – Wife of Leon Saucier – Redux

This is what started this neverending story.

I am reposting it because someone answered my call for the headstones she posted on Find A Grave.

Lisa took those pictures and she allowed me to post them on the blog.


Collection Lisa H.

She took those pictures in Mount Calvary Cemetery, a cemetery in New Hampshire.

Click here for a virtual visit.

These pictures were a great help in finding Irene’s ancestors and descendants.

Irene Wilcox

Collection Jason West

Irene was the daughter of Adélard or Théodore Turcotte who changed his name to Wilcox. I don’t know why Adélard Turcotte used that name since it does not sound a bit like Turcotte.

Maybe it does if you say Turcotte fast enough.

This being said, start reading the old post I wrote back in December when I first contacted Jason, and make sense of all this.

Original post

My blog is really like a TV Reality Show.

I seldom plan anything in advance as I start writing about something I found about your ancestors or mine.

You have to trust me on this.

Trust is everything in life.

This was the first headstone my third cousin Joe saw entering St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Bristol, Connecticut. 


Collection Pierre Lagacé

Honest to God!

I had not noticed that headstone at first.

Agnes Lagasse

We were just going there to find French-Canadian names on headstones which is our favorite pastime.

The name Agnes Lagaser on that headstone sounded familiar. Could it be a long lost relative of mine?

So back at Joe’s place we looked for Leon Saucier in the 1900 U.S. Census.

Lo and behold!

1900 Leon Saucier family

1900 U.S. Census

Leon Saucier was there with Agnes and her two sons, Arthur Myers and Henry Myers. Olive Saucier, most probably Leon’s daughter he had with his first wife, was also part of that family.

1900 Saucier family

A whole bunch of Lagasses lived also in the same neighborhood. 

Just trust me on this.

My great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse II with Henriette Alexandre, Harriet in the 1900 census, were there with my grandfather Leo, 11 years old, at school, and his brother Adélard (Adlore) working at New Departure in the electro plating department.

famille Lagacé 1900

But getting back to the Saucier family…

Back from my genealogical expedition in Connecticut, I was able to find more information on one of Agnes’s son: Arthur Joseph Myers’ marriage with Eva Rock in 1915.

marriage Myers Rock

This new artefact opened up a new door…

Pique by curiosity, I just had to peek inside.

End of the original post

I hope this helped you a little about what is going to follow next time.

Meet the Turcottes

French-Canadians emigrating to the U.S. would sometimes change their names to integrate in their new country. I know my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé became Dennis Lagasse when he emigrated to the U.S. in 1889.


Dennis and two of his grandchildren Harvey and Rose

Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

I believe most people did changed their names most of the time. Lemaires became Myers, Alexandres became Alexanders, Dufresnes became Ashleys, Saurettes became Laroses , Villeneuves became Newcitys, etc…

Adelard Wilcox’s name was in fact Adélard Turcotte. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1893. Don’t ask me how I know he emigrated in 1893, you can trust me with this information…

I know he did.

Adélard is seen here with his wife Éva Croteau. 


Collection Jason West

Jason had more pictures of the Wilcoxes or should I say the Turcottes.

The Turcottes are seen here with Arthur Myers, a descendant of Chrétien Lemaire, and his wife Rose Alma La Rose, a descendant of Jacques Saurette and Catherine Laporte dit St-Georges.



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I wonder if Rose Alma knew about her ancestor.

Rose Alma is dancing here on the next picture with Jack Wilcox who I suspect is Jack Turcotte, the son of Adélard and Eva.



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Because people changed their names is the reason why it is so hard for people living in the U.S. to make sense of their roots when they start looking for them.

How about this old man?

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He is with Agnes Myers one of the daughters of Arthur and Rose Alma.

Try to find Arthur and Rose Alma in this group picture just for fun.


Collection Jason West

I had lots of fun looking for Irene Wilcox whom we see here with Exeurie Myers on a picture taken on May 10, 1929.

Collection Jason West

I love those captions!

Collection Jason West

They enabled me to find Irene Wilcox’s husband, George Morse.


Collection Jason West

Such a lovely couple who I believe got married that day. I am not 100% sure, but I would bet a Canadian dollar which is losing value again the U.S. dollar.

During last weekend I had a good look at Jason’s pictures and I found several headstones on Find A Grave. I wrote some people about the Wilcoxes or the Turcottes to let them know I had pictures to share with them if interested.

You never know when someone will get crazy over Jason West’s collection of old pictures.

I know I will have to stop one day…

I know I will have to stop writing this blog one day…

But that day is not coming soon though.

There is a lesson in all this.

Genealogy is addictive as well as looking at old pictures or searching for French-Canadian names in cemeteries in Bristol, Connecticut.

You have to know my paternal grandfather was addicted to gambling.

I don’t gamble, but I write like crazy.


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Every picture has a story to tell.


Like this one…

Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers


Where to begin in all this new search for Jason’s ancestors?

Jason is not putting any pressure.

You can trust me, he is not.

Except Jason talked about the obituary card of Louis Lagasse, husband of Rose Myers who I think is the old lady beside Exeurie Myers.

Rose and Exeurie were siblings.


This makes sense.

Why would he asked the next door neighbor to have her picture taken with him. But then it could be his second wife… or Irene’s grandmother.


Could be…

It could be anyone related to Irene. But I would bet the old lady is Rose Myers.

I never did write that much about Rose Myers except about her grandson Harvey Louis Lagasse, a bombardier on a B-24 in the U.S. Airforce during WW II.


You know how much I like WW II and airplanes.

Harvey Lagasse 2

Harvey Lagasse

You now know how precious is my great-grandaunt Rose Myers.


Do you remember how this neverending story first started?

A headstone I almost missed.

Agnes Lagasse

Agnes Lagaser (Lagasse) had married Julien Myers whose brother was François-Xavier (Exeurie) Myers seen here with Irene Wilcox.

Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers

This picture belonged to Jason.

He had so many pictures he shared with me!

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And so many names in the captions to help me find how all these names are linked to ancestors.

May 10, 1929

I told you I was excited…

Second post of the day. It’s like a second cup of coffee to calm yourself.

Need we say more about this picture?


Exeurie Myers and Irene Wilcox

Need we say more about this picture?

Yes there is more when you click on it for a larger view!


Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers

Exeurie Myers and Irene Wilcox

I just love this picture of Irene.

May 10, 1929.

Life was so beautiful then.

Everyone was happy.


Irene Wilcox

Irene Wilcox

Next time, I will tell you more about Irene.