Dream Genealogy

Pierre Lagacé:

Very interesting…

Originally posted on ~~Voyageur Heritage~~ The French Canadian Cultural Alliance of the Great Lakes:

—by Anne Anderson

Dream Genealogy is a way of understanding the world of our ancestors. Although we are not devoted to genealogy exclusively on Voyageur Heritage, the search for our roots is a very popular part of our French Canadian and Metis cultures. In this piece Anne Anderson, a Canadian Metis and French-Canadian community leader, researcher, writer, and performer, presents a new way of envisioning our history and our ancestry — by tapping into our subconscious and collective memories to discover our ancestors through dreams.

I was doing the housework and listening to talk radio. It was many years ago, and as a genealogist, I had been wondering about one particular family line, the Desmarais from France. Many of the Desmarais not only looked like they were part First Nations, but also had peculiar “raccoon eyes.” I wanted to specifically know what part of Europe they came from and I…

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Pierre Lagacé:

This post Rosh gives you a pretty good idea of how curious I am and what GOD is all about.

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

This is Amanda Ménard, the Mother of all your grandmothers or your great-grandmothers.

She is a very important person because you would not be reading this.

Odna Lagasse

When Donna sent this picture two weeks ago I first thought it was Amanda’s daughter Odna, but Donna told me that she was her great-grandmother Amanda.

I won’t argue with Donna. She should know more about her great-grandmother than I do.

But does she?

Amanda Ménard had 11 children.

arbre Amanda Ménard

I know everything about her children and some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Back in 2009, I did not know anything about Amanda Ménard. She had never existed nor did her husband Dennis Lagasse III, my grandfather’s brother.

Later on, Amanda became a name on an obituary full of information on her and her children.

obituary Amanda Ménard

Just like her husband Dennis Lagasse’s obituary who died in 1922.


Lots of precious information.

My grandfather died in 1964…

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the French Connection – Part 9 – the Women who Came to New France

Pierre Lagacé:

Great information of who were probably your ancestors if you have French-Canadian roots. Most of people living in the U.S. have some.

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

There were two groups of women who came to New France early in the development of the colonies. The first group were the fille a marier or marriageable women. They came between 1643 and 1663. The second group were the Kings Daughters or Fille du Roi. They came later and had more benefits.

From the Many Roads website:

They (the marriage women) were promised nothing but the possibility of a better life. If they survived the perils of the crossing, they lived with the daily threat of death at the hands of the Iroquois. If they survived the Iroquois, they had to deal with the hard life of subsistence farming, harsh winters spent in a log cabin that they may have helped build, epidemics of smallpox and “fever” and difficult and often dangerous childbirth.

Cap Tourant - first farm in Quebec

Cap Tourant – first farm in Quebec

Crossing the Atlantic…

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Sweet dreams Patricia

This is what I wrote last week to Patricia my new found third cousin once removed. 

I was reflecting…

How do you feel being reconnected with your extended family?

I am just overwhelmed by all I have found on the Alexandre family.
I have so many pictures yet so many are of unknown people like you could see.

I am just thinking about how I would feel seeing pictures for the first time of the Lagacé family in the late 1800s and early 1900s from a complete stranger.


Patricia is the person who had written a comment a month ago on my Ancestry tree.

She finally took a look at my family tree, and this is what she had sent me.


I almost cannot explain the feelings I have surrounding this discovery.  My entire life, as long as I can remember anyway, has been spent in awe of this wonderful man who came from nothing and had no one.  His attitude toward life and love was something we could all benefit from.  I have always wanted to understand how someone could put a little boy in an orphanage and never see him again. The “whys” of it continue to haunt me.When he died, I promised myself I would try to find out his story and until now had hit brick walls.  I feel grateful to you and others who continued to pursue your searches and are kind enough to share.  I am grateful for Ancestry’s DNA match. Who knew I was 47% Irish.  I suspected daddy’s father might have come from Ireland based on our family name but had not been able to prove it.  I get almost giddy with the search. There is something new to discover at every turn and even small bits of information excite me.

Feelings:  excitement, gratitude, love, wonderment, surprise, thanksgiving and so much more.

It makes me want to jump on a plane and spend time in Quebec again to walk where they did and to meet these cousins I didn’t know I had.  Coming from such a small family, connections seem more important to me than every.  Even if it is 3rd cousins.  Perhaps at 68 I am getting more conscious of time constraints. 
Thank you,


Sweet dreams Patricia.

You’re not alone anymore.

Catherine de Baillon

Pierre Lagacé:

A reflection about genealogy and famous people…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

It’s a well-known fact that Dennis Lagasse IV is very proud of his ancestor André Mignier dit La Gâchette since 2011 when we connected for the first time in October 2011.

Dennis being very proud of his ancestor is a well-known fact if he is your friend on Facebook of course…

Dennis posted this on a forum in February 2004.

I’m the son of Lionel Lagasse and the grandson of Levi N. Lagasse and Marie Louise (Dube) Lagasse. Levi was one of twelve children born to my great-grandfather Dennis, and the Lagasse name was spelled with a “y” at the end for a time. My great-grandfather Dennis was killed in 1921 in an industrial accident while working in Bristol CT. U.S.A. Are there any others with a great-grandfather Dennis in their family tree?

In 2004 I was not interested a bit about genealogy, but in 2011 when he contacted me…

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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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