This is a draft post I wrote on May 26, 2010. I could I have waited on May 26, 2017 to publish it, but maybe I will have so much to write about my DNA results that it might never be published.
This is Idala LaGasse.
Idola LaGasse in 1930
This is one of his five sons.
David LaGasse in 1935
David LaGasse has to be very proud of his daughter. She wanted to find her father’s ancestors.
This is the beautiful story of distant cousins living 3000 miles apart who both wanted to find their roots. Pierre lives in Quebec and Alyce lives on the West Coast. They are distant cousins but their family ties are strong so is their addiction to genealogy and old pictures.
Pierre would very much like to own a picture of his great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé born in 1842. He knows he was still alive back in 1912 when his grandfather Léo Senior first got married. Stanislas Lagacé was known as Dennis Lagassee and he lived in Bristol, Connecticut.
Name: Dennis Lagassee
Residence: Bristol borough, Hartford, Connecticut
Birth Date: Aug 1841
Birthplace: Canada Fr
Spouse Name: Harriett Lagassee
Spouse Birth Place: Canada Fr
Father Birthplace: Canada Fr
Mother Birthplace: Canada Fr
Race or Color (expanded): White
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 38
Estimated Marriage Year: 1862
Immigration Year: 1889
Collection: United States Census, 1900
This is a picture of Pierre’s grandfather taken around 1933. He believes the picture was taken in Montreal.
Léo Lagacé Senior 1933
Léo Lagacé Senior is with his first two sons: Léo Junior, who is Pierre’s father, and Marcel who is in the wheelchair. Léo Lagacé Senior was a tailor. That’s what Pierre’s father told him when he was young. Pierre’s father did not talk much about his parents, so Pierre knew almost nothing.
This is Pierre’s father.
Léo Lagacé Junior 1950
Léo Junior became a fireman on May 10, 1950. Léo Senior Lagacé and David LaGasse were second cousins which makes Léo Junior and Alyce third cousins also. Léo Senior Lagacé and Idala LaGasse were first cousins. Pierre doesn’t believe they ever met, but maybe they did.
You see Léo Senior lived in the United States. He emigrated there in 1889 with his parents Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre when he was one years old. Henriette had 13 children. Léo Senior came back to Quebec in 1907 and settled in St-Hyacinthe.
Two years ago Pierre knew nothing about his grandfather’s parents. There was nothing on the Internet at that time. So Pierre went looking for them. Someone gave him a clue and he kept on searching and searching.
This is the final result of his research…
Now if you type “Stanislas Lagace” on Google… this is the first thing you will find
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/Census/individual_record.asp?INDI_CODE=1881CN_1053671_0&frompage=99 (broken link)
It’s the Mormon site. Stanislas is listed as a carpenter in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge. The next thing on Google is not related… but the third one is…
http://nosancetres.monblogue.branchez-vous.com/2008/07/01 (broken link)
This is Pierre’s old genealogy blog where he talked about his findings. Stanislas was a laborer and worked for the railway.
And the fourth…
Well this is Pierre’s new blog…
You see Pierre put his great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé on the map sort of. Now it’s Alyce’s turn with Pierre’s help.
Next time, more pictures of Idala’s family because the search is going on. Alyce won’t mind because she sent them to Pierre… so everyone can see them. Alyce also sent this to Pierre to thank him…