A most welcome visit to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

Edited 30 August 2021

With Hurricane Ida, my interest was rekindled with the Chaumont family living in Louisiana.


Post No. 1

Doris Chaumont is an amateur genealogist. She’s the daughter of Léopold Chaumont who is the son of Rolland Chaumont, the son of Joseph Chaumont. I had talked about Doris in an article on my blog about genealogy.

The man in the picture is Joseph Chaumont. He’s Doris’ great-grandfather. Joseph Chaumont left Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines  around 1910.

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Joseph Chaumont, Albertine Blouin and their children

This picture was taken in 1923 in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Doris’ grandfather, Rolland Chaumont, is the little boy behind Joseph. Joseph Chaumont came here with his small family from Earlton in Ontario to visit to his parents.

First I thought it was for his parents’ anniversary, but Moïse Chaumont and Marguerite Desjardins were married in 1880. I don’t see why people would celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary…

This is the famous picture I had posted before on my blog. The picture was taken in 1923…



This picture was sent to Doris by Sylvain Lauzon. At first, we could identify only a few people, but now everyone in the picture has been identified, which is quite a feat. This is another picture with only the children of the Chaumont-Desjardins’s couple.


The photo was taken at the same time because everyone is dressed up the same.

Doris always wanted to do her family tree. She told me once that when her father was talking about Monseigneur Chaumont, his face would lighten up. He would have like to do his family tree. After her father died, Doris went on a mission to do it for him. She went on the Internet on January 17, 2009 and found my old genealogy Website. We exchanged a lot of e-mails and she was able to trace back her Chaumont ancestors.

Doris has her own Website.

We could say that Doris is now an expert when we want to know something about the Chaumont family, at least I think so. Sometimes I can’t even follow what she wants to explain to me. Those who know me, and try sometimes to follow what I am saying, must find some solace and find this funny at the same time.

Early in September, Doris sent me an e-mail. She wanted to come to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. She asked me if there was a hotel. With my sense of humor, I said there was not much accomodation except for le Bar des Plaines and la Maison Chaumont. Then I had this great idea… I talked to her about this great new B&B place… but she never understood that Nicole and I were inviting her for the weekend…

Now, a photo-story of Doris’ trip to her ancestors’ place…

Breakfast at Au gré des jours restaurant…

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Élisabeth, Mireille, Nicole and Doris

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Yvon Lauzon, Lise Lauzon, Lise Therrien, Richard Lauzon, Elisabeth, Richard’s daughter, Mireille, Richard’s wife, Nicole who is hiding behind me with a great smile on my face…

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Yvon Lauzon, Lise Lauzon, Lise Therrien, Richard Lauzon,
Elisabeth waving at the camera…, Mireille, Nicole who makes an appearance and I, closing my eyes at the wrong time…

A visit to the cemetery to find her ancestors with two top notch guides…

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Yvon, Richard and Doris

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Calixte Chaumont’s monument, Doris’ great-great-great-grandfather

Calixte Chaumont 1832-1876

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Moïse Chaumont and Marguerite Desjardins

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Doris’ great uncle, Adéodat Chaumont, a priest

and her great aunt Marie-Louise Chaumont, a nun

A visit to Maison Chaumont…

It was closing time but members of the Cercle des fermières let us in.

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We were welcomed in

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Doris was all smile

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Photogenic Doris

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Doris and the famous Chaumont barn

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Peek a boo…

From now on, Doris will have fond memories of her ancestors’ place and of a great B&B to stay in…

13 thoughts on “A most welcome visit to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

  1. I recognize a couple names here from my tree in this post: Therrien and Marcotte on Doris’ tree. I will have to look further.

    • Read Alyce’s story where she once thought of putting all those pictures she had in the garbage since she did not know who these people were on them.

      • Oh my gosh………how I wish I had some of the old photo albums that I know some of my relatives had. Who knows where they are now. I don’t know so much about my dad’s paternal line and all the people who had information have gone now. I will check it out.

      • I have no idea where I would look. I don’t have any contact with the current generation to see if anyone had an old trunk. They probably threw all that stuff away because they didn’t know who they were. 😦

      • Sad isn’t… This is what happens most of the time.
        I have thousands of old pictures.
        I am a very “rich” person…

    • Then Robin’s story who had scanned more than 100 pictures even though she is not even related to me… her husband is although a distant cousin…

      Or Dennis Lagasse IV… who is related and shared more than 100 pictures where I could identify my great-grandfather and a lot of his descendants.

      Or my visit to cemeteries with Joe who lives in Plainville…

      All unbelievable stories…

  2. Isn’t genealogy and ancestry so exciting when we make all of these long ago discoveries. It gives one such a high. My husband and I would love to move to Quebec for a while just to explore and see all the places my ancestors lived. Maybe we will meet someday!

  3. Reblogged this on Our Ancestors and commented:

    I could have waited until September 25th to reblog this.
    This is my first post on this blog which led me to write Ripples…

    This is a true story. Doris had asked me in September 2009 to translate what I had written on Nos ancêtres, my blog about genealogy which is in French.

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