In Which There Are Ten

Pierre Lagacé:

Part one of more to come…

Originally posted on Ruthrawls's Blog:

I started writing this blog in 2009 as a college class assignment.  I didn’t know I’d keep writing.  I didn’t have a clear purpose for the blog.  I don’t even have a fancy name.  I like the fact that the blog name still has the word “blog” in it, because, people, this is just my opinion and random facts knitted together.  If you want hard news and current events, this is not your place to be.

If you want news about cats and yarns and dead people, step right up.  And comment, please, ’cause bloggers are needy and we love comments.  Of course, out of the three, cats cause the most controversy because everyone has an opinion about cats.  Yarns, not so much.  Dead people are in a category by themselves.  If I’m not writing about your particular dead people, you just might not be interested.

Dead people stories are…

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Who ever said Start small, start slow?

I am closing this chapter in the life of Stephen Daigue who left this earth on March 2nd, 1923.

No pictures to show you, just a name on a death certificate.

Stephen Dague death certificate

That’s always the saddest part in a search for someone’s ancestor.

Disease Causing Death  Cancer of Spleen

Contributing Disease Cancer of left side of face

As a footnote to all this search for Étienne Daigle, son of Étienne Daigle and Marguerite Messier dit St-François…


What is above is part of my search that led me to this as I was just trying to find more clues in the Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish registers.

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Étienne Daigle

Le vingt huit mars mil huit cent trente nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Étienne né ce jour du légitime mariage de Étienne Daigle journalier du lieu et de Marguerite Messier. Le parrain a été Pierre Daigle, la marraine Charlotte Fontaine qui le père absent n’ont su signer.

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1830 Étienne Daigle zoom

How can you trust someone who said Start small, start slow?

It was worth all the efforts.

Maybe someday someone will write me and have old pictures of people he or she does not have a faintess idea who they were.

Laying bridges

That’s mainly my mission on this blog.

Finding how to connect people to lost ancestors with just your few clues like the story of Calisto Who.

mission impossible


Then after the mission is accomplished I say farewell. Not that I don’t want to help anymore, but the fun part is finding all by yourself.

I am not a selfish person and I don’t want to have all the fun.

The irony in all this is that I always find new ancestors when I help people. A case in point, Judi’s distant ancestor Michel Messier is also one of my ancestors.

Michel Messier’s story is worth reading.

Both in English and in French.

My mission is just to strike the match that will lead you to find more about your ancestors…

mission match

The rest is up to you…

I am Canadian – the French Connection

Pierre Lagacé:

Sometimes I stumble upon a blog which has an underlying message, and I just have to let the world know about it.

À l’occasion je découvre un blogue qui cache un message subliminal et je me dois de le partager avec le monde entier.

Originally posted on Coming out of Hiding:

Although the Vikings are credited as the first Europeans to land in Canada or North America, it was the french who were the first to set up a lasting settlement. Around 1000 AD, Leif Ericsson, the Norse explorer, landed at L’Anse Aux Meadows in the province of Newfoundland. People say that the Vikings went home after briefly setting up a settlement, but have you ever heard of a First Nations person with blond hair? My husband is a barber by trade. He was cutting a mans hair who appeared to be First Nations but had blond hair. He was looking for his dark roots and didn’t find any. He asked him if it was his real hair. He responded, yes, he was an Indian and it was his natural hair. ‘Must’ve been a viking in my ancestry, eh?’ He was from eastern Canada. hhhmmm

L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

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Four hundred…

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Good morning Mr. Phelps


mission impossible

Good morning Mr. Phelps…

The mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find the parents of Stephen Dague aka Étienne Daigle…

Stephen Dague died in 1923…

Stephen Dague death certificate

Many misleading information have been spread around the Internet about his ancestors. His father is said to have been Stephen Dague and his mother Margaret LaFrance from Moscow, Quebec, but we believe he was born in or around St-Hyacinthe where the Yamaska river flows.

Proceed with extreme caution…

As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, or laughed at, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions…


 mission match

Was Stephen Dague born on March 2, 1827 as told by the informant and as entered in a death certificate in Burlington, Vermont?

Precisely on exactly his 96th birthday?

Where could I find proof of when Stephen Dague was really born?

The parish registers pages for March 1827 in Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish in St-Hyacinthe of course!

These two parish registers images came from Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish in St-Hyacinthe where the Yamaska river flows. That’s the clue I am working on right now.

As you can see Stephen or Étienne is nowhere to be found on these two pages. On the other hand Étienne Daigle could have been baptized elsewhere in the Yamaska region, or he could have been born in Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish in St-Hyacinthe but before or after 1827.

Guess what?

1830 Étienne Daigle

Étienne Daigle was born on March 28, 1830.

1830 Étienne Daigle zoom

He was the son of Étienne Daigle, a laborer, and of Marguerite Messier

His godfather was Pierre Daigle, and his godmother was Charlotte Fontaine

mission possible

I could tell who was Pierre Daigle and Charlotte Fontaine, but remember what I said…

Start small, start slow…