How I met Harry?

This is how I met Harry I have never met in person. But does it really matters I have never really met him personally?

original picture of the Lagasse family

Harry’s name was not on a caption on this picture. 

So I got curious.

Levi’s name was there as well as Aunt Ida. I knew nothing about them when I saw that picture in 2009. They were just captions on an old picture shared by someone’s mother. I knew who was Pepere and little Germaine. Little did I know where all this curiosity would lead me five years later, and how many rolled eyes I would get from some unsuspecting readers stumbling on this blog.

Being curious is what led me to this write a blog about genealogy in 2009. If you are still with me then the more I learn the more I write.

How can I let you down like my father did in the late 70s?

That I will never write on this blog.

Nobody is perfect not even fathers.  That’s the lesson I have learned since I got struck with GOD and BWD.

I just hope this is not contagious.

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse married Anna Campbell seen here on a picture also shared in 2009.

close-up of Anna Campbell and Harry Lagasse 

I know all about her ancestors and her two boys, Gerard and Lawrence… Well more about Lawrence than about Gerard whose grandson never wrote back.

article on Lawrence death

Oh my GOD! Flavie…

Sorry for breaking my promise to write only once a week, but Aquila, a loyal reader and a frequent commenter sent me these retouched pictures of Flavie Alexandre Lestage. He is also suffering from GOD and BWD. He also likes, as I do, to retouch old pictures and give them a new life.

This is the original picture which has a story of its own.




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version 1

 http-steanne - Retouch 2

version 2

http-steanne - Retouch 3

version 3 HDR effect

I know all about Flavie now.

In 2010 I labeled her “about-late-1890s-bristol-conn.” Now I am wondering if what we see on her head is an ornament or just a blob on the original picture…

And Aquila is not even related…

I am sure this reader who sent me this message is not rolling his eyes when he reads my blog.

Hi Pierre,

I couldn’t resist. I copied your photo of Harry Lagasse and did a little retouch, it’s such a nice photo. I thought you might like having it cleaned up a bit. I’ve attached it to this note.

I’d be happy to do the same for others if you’d like.

All the best,


harry-lagasse retouched

Harry Lagasse, father of Lawrence and Gerard, and grandfather of Gerard Junior

Aquila is not even related to Harry or even to anybody else in my family tree.

Now I would really wish if Gerard Lagasse reply to the last e-mail I sent, and tell me more about his Grandpa Harry who was in the army.

Alyce, Sweet Alyce: Redux

Pierre Lagacé:

If Google doesn’t work…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Not another redux post again!

Don’t worry, I won’t post more than one post a week for the time being on this blog. I don’t want to confuse you with the Cayos from Wisconsin.

I wrote this post before Steve Myers found out all about Chrétien Lemaire who deserted his post in 1780.

Steve added this interesting comment yesterday.

I can’t say I’m surprised he deserted. We Myers’ have always been too independent for our own good!

Steve Myers has some catching up to do on this blog, but I don’t want him to read all the 629 posts I wrote since September 2009.

At first I was a little bit afraid that I might have scared him away from all this research I have done on his Myers ancestors.

This post was to have been sort of a starter so Steve would have known that I am not a…

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Rolled eyes

I really like that expression Rosh had used in a comment.

Rolled eyes.

In fact I don’t care that much about rolled eyes. I bring people to life on this blog so those who don’t roll their eyes can see them.

Idala 1930

I know Alyce isn’t the one to roll her eyes when she reads my blog.

I hope her grandchildren will open them wide one day.

Identification of Idala's sons

Have you ever goggled Idala Lagasse?



Comments on this blog gets me going.

I guess How I met your ancestors? was a great idea after all, and it will come back later this fall which is just around the corner.

Rosh, whose a prime commenter, had replied last week to one of my comments I made on her blog about one of her ancestors. I wanted to know if she was sure about what she was writing.

We made some educated probability guesses based on DNA, which led us down a completely different path than we had originally thought we were a part of.

We have made some guesses based on others in the tree who had documentation. We pieced together a story which my aunt told me. They knew of an old maid who was my dad’s great aunt………etc. etc. and from there we started doing searches of census records, baptismal records etc. and we think we’ve come up with the closest matches that we can get. I don’t have a record that says who William Wallace’s parents are, but we’ve been able to piece together information based on ancillary people and records.

Yes, ancestry’s hints are definitely not fool proof, but we’ve done the very best we could with what we had and put what we thought would be the best picture for research purposes. I’m repeating myself and blabbing.

I hope you can understand partly what I’m trying to say anyway.


Educated probability guesses are what I have used before as well as old pictures to finally figure out who’s who on that 1912 picture.

family picture of Dennis Lagassey and Amanda Menard with children

Can we move on please…

Most of the captions for the girls are correct on that old picture: Alice is Alice, Tony is Toni, Ida is Ida, Bertha is Bertha.

This picture was part of Alice Lagasse’s collection of old pictures.

Michael, who has found who was her birth grandmother after a long search, has shared this picture with me two weeks ago. So my educated guess is whoever wrote the captions knew that Alice in 1912 was Alice, Michael’s birth grandmother.

But Gert in the white dress can’t be Gert since Donna had already identified for us her grandmother Odna. She should know who her grandmother Odna don’t we?

four generations Amanda Odna Doris Donna

 Amanda Ménard (sitting), Odna, Donna and her mother Doris

Odna would then be Gert or Gertrude who married Francis Spielman.

Still mixed up? Don’t worry I am mixed up sometimes with your ancestors.

The captions for the boys were a little mixed up, but I don’t want to take too much of your time explaining all this part.

As far as “Mary” on the porch, next to Dennis Lagassey III, she’s not Mary but his wife Amanda Ménard.

I just saw some rolled eyes out there.

I will be back later this week and tell you more about Harry who I did not know was in the army….

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse