On Being an Expat, Bugging Out, and Life after Social Media

Pierre Lagacé:

Must read…

Originally posted on The Red Cedar:

170px-FalloutchinatownThe popular TV shows about the “prepping” lifestyle are a bit addictive. They are the survival genre’s version of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, the Food Network enterprise that is both engrossing and formulaic. I am not a prepper, but it is a mindset that I am fascinated by and can understand from a couple of different perspectives. One is having grown up in the 70’s with parents who were self-reliant: gardening, re-purposing, hunting and gathering from the wild. My father, no hippie, was a reader of Mother Earth News and the Whole Earth Catalog. He was a World War II veteran and both of my parents grew up during the Depression and Dust Bowl.

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the French Connection – Part 8 – Trois Rivieres and Pierre Lefebvre

Pierre Lagacé:

Rosh’s time travel – part 8

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

Trois-Rivieres c. 1700 by James Pichy

Trois-Rivieres c. 1700 by James Pichy

How many dang parts am I going to have in this French connection? I’m not sure. I’ve just been going along to see where it leads me. Trois Rivieres is a very significant city for my ancestors. I remember receiving my first package from a Quebec researcher. I gave her $50 and she gave me my French-Canadian family tree back to the 1600s. I was blown away. I had never seen anything like it. There were so many ancestors found in one fell swoop.  That’s the beauty of Catholic church records. Anyway, one of the most mentioned places was Trois Rivieres. My great great grandmother’s maiden name was Lefebvre and her ancestor, Pierre Lefebvre was a founding settler of Trois Rivieres.

Trois Rivieres from the website of the Canadian Encyclopedia:

The regional capital of Quebec’s Mauricie region, is located on the west shore of…

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the French Connection – Part 7 – Acadian Ancestors

Pierre Lagacé:

My friend Ron Depatie will love this reblogged post from Rosh.

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

The 1630s bring many new settlers from France to New France.


From Wikipedia:

Port-Royal was the capital of Acadia from 1605 to 1710. Initially Port-Royal was located on the north shore of the Annapolis Basin in the present-day community of Port Royal (note the Anglophone spelling), which is the site of the replica reconstruction of the original Habitation at Port-Royal. After its destruction by raiders from Virginia in 1613, Port-Royal was re-established on the south bank of the river 8 km (5.0 mi) upstream. The British renamed Port-Royal at this new location as Annapolis Royal following their conquest of Acadia in 1710.

Port-Royal was founded by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons and Samuel de Champlain in 1605. The settlement was the first permanent European settlement north of St. Augustine, Florida. (Two years later, the English made their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.) Approximately seventy-five years after Port-Royal…

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the French Connection – Part 6 – the Percheron Immigration (and how I’m related to Angelina Jolie)

Pierre Lagacé:

Part 6 of the French Connection

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

I’ve found a great website for French-Canadian ancestry called a Point in History.

It’s full of great information on early settlers of Quebec, so I’m going to use a lot of the information from this website in my post. Why re-invent the wheel? So here we go.

A brief chronology up to the Percheron Immigration

1608: Champlain sets up an “Habitation” at Quebec as well as alliances with the Algonquin, Huron (Wyandot), and Montagnais (Innu) tribes for control of the fur trade.

1611: A European colony is established by Champlain on the Island of Montréal (Ville Marie).

1617: Louis Hébertand his family settle at Quebec.

1627: Cardinal Richelieu creates theCompany of One Hundred Associates.

1628: In the spring, Robert Giffard of Normandy sails for New France with the first group of about 300 settlers along with supplies for the new settlement. The vessel…

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The Story Behind the Picture

Pierre Lagacé:

Final part

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

I played a little trick on you didn’t I.

I posted this Saturday morning instead of Monday.

I don’t have many readers, but I don’t really mind.

Someday someone will read this article and say…

That guy is crazy… but I won’t mind.

So what is that story behind the picture of Lucille Lestage Robin scanned from little Mary’s precious collection of old family pictures?

Sweet sixteen

Quite simple… 

It is all about the reliability of our of sources.

In Philomene Lagasse’s obituary written in 1920, this is what people could read in the Bristol Press…

BRISTOL PRESS 13 March 1920
Mrs. Libbie Alexander widow of the late John Alexander died at the home of her son David Alexander 149 Park St. last evening as a result of complications due to old age.
She had been an invalid for several years.
Mrs. Alexander was born in Quebec, Canada 79 years…

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Santa comes earlier this year…

Pierre Lagacé:

Part trois…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Santa comes earlier this year Dennis…
Yep… Sure looks that way Peter…

Each year I play Santa… on this blog about genealogy.

Click here for Chrismas 2009 and here for Christmas 2010. This year is not different.

Let’s say it’s a tradition of mine.

I like this little animated gif image of Santa… with his trusted mule.

Like my grandfather Leo Lagacé, I have a great sense of humour or humor if you live in the States like my grandfather did from 1889 through 1907. My grandfather’s parents moved to the U.S. in 1889, Bristol, Connecticut to be more precise, and Leo came back to Quebec the year his mother died.

Leo died on January 1st 1964.

I had just turned sweet 15.

Back in 2007, 100 years later after Leo came back from the U.S., I started being interested about my ancestors in general and about my grandfather. I…

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But You Have to Know When to Stop

Pierre Lagacé:

Written on July 26, 2013

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Genealogy can be time consuming.

So learning when to stop is all important.

Searching for ancestors is the same as playing video games.


- Harold, for the last time, your supper will be cold!
– I’ll be there soon Mother…

It’s all about getting a dopamine rush.

I just had one yesterday when someone wrote a comment on one of my other blogs.

It was about his uncle who was a Spitfire pilot in WWII.


Walter Neil Dove


Then click here


Guess what? Wes is also interested about his ancestors!

Christopher Dove

Christopher Romine Dove

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Louise (Blanchard) Vezina died October 4, 1923

Pierre Lagacé:

Written on July 26, 2012

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

If you are reading my blog for the first time, then you have to go back in time and read this article first and then proceed from there… If you don’t, it’s like watching the last 5 minutes of a great movie classic.


I don’t think that the person who posted that picture will mind if I post it. I have not heard from her or him.

Here is the picture I was talking about.

I found it on this site.

The caption reads…

Left to Right: Sarah (1880 – 1966) and Louise Blanchard (1886 – 1920),
Daughters of Zore/Laura (LaPlant) and Victor Blanchard

Picture was taken in North Adams, Massachusetts

Property of Marion Lawrence

I had told myself this week… Why wait for someone to contact me? Make it happen.

I went on a wild goose chase on Google.

And this is what I found.

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I am Canadian – the French Connection – Part 2

Pierre Lagacé:

Shows someone who is proud of her French-Canadian roots…

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

A Tribute to Nicholas Marsolet  (My 8th great grandfather)  The Man in the Muddle

After Jacques Cartier the next major player for exploration of the St. Lawrence River was Samuel de Champlain. The first trading post set up in Quebec was Tadoussac. The explorers had contact with the Montagnais, Alongquin, Micmac and Malecite people. One of the first settlements to be attempted was at Port Royal in Nova Scotia, but later the focus for settlement moved to Quebec. Samuel de Champlain was the man who was instrumental in starting the settlements in Quebec. In 1608 he erected the first building in Quebec City. That was the beginning of the French colonization of New France.

Champlains voyages

Champlains voyages

champlains voyages

It is believed that Nicholas Marsolet arrived in New France sometime in 1613 on one of Champlain’s visits to New France. Nicholas, my great grandfather,  was born in Rouen, Normandy, France as were…

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