Found this posting on the Internet… in Dutch… then I found this in my inbox…

I warn you again…

Genealogy is addictive, so is my blog…

It’s not to late to stop…

Proceed with caution…

Ahead one-third…

Herm Sulkers - 2005 sm

Full speed ahead…

Aflevering 2.

Herman Sulkers kan ook benaderd worden via email (veel 83-jarigen kunnen dat tegenwoordig) via

Wie brengt hem in het contact met naamgenoten en mogelijk achterneven en -nichten.

Z’n opa en oma vertrokken ongeveer 110 jaar geleden uit D’oord naar omgeving Zaandam vanwaar in 1910 naar Winnipeg, Canada!

Dinteloorders, groot nieuws!

Een nazaat van een gezin uit Dinteloord, dat van Hermanus Sulkers (geb. 22 april 1852) en Maria Johanna Vriens hoopt in juli 2003 vanuit het verre Canada waar hij 83 jaar geleden geboren is, Dinteloord te bezoeken.

Natuurlijk is hij op zoek naar verre familieleden en kan daarbij hulp gebruiken.

Hij en twee nichten zijn al een paar jaar aan het vroeten naar hun ‘roots.’

My Dutch is not that good…

But in this forum post I know that Hermanus Sulkers (geb. 22 april 1852) means Hermanus Sulkers (born 22 April 1852).

We now have Herm’s grandfather’s birthdate.

This is a translation done on an Internet translation site…

Episode 2.

Herman Sulkers can also be accessed via email (many 83 year olds can do nowadays) via
Who brings him into contact with possible namesakes and nephews and nieces. His grandparents left about 110 years ago, D’haven from which to nearby Zaandam in 1910 to Winnipeg, Canada!

Dinteloorders, great news!
A descendant of a family from Dinteloord that of Hermanus Sulkers (born April 22, 1852) and Maria Johanna Vriens hopes in July 2003 from the remote Canada where he was born 83 years ago, Dinteloord visit. Of course he is looking for distant relatives and can thereby help.
He and two cousins have been a few years to Vroet to their roots.

Well, I think we get the message…

It says that Herm is going to visit Holland.

Now for my inbox…

This was in it…

Thanks for the e-mail!

Yes, I know the history of the Athabaskan and Herm Sulkers, my first cousin, was a wonderful guy.   We shared a lot of family history information during Herm’s later years.  I have a number of articles about Herm and the Athabaskan.  I’m not sure which ones you posted, but thanks for writing, anyway.

Best Wishes,

Ev Howard

I sent her this message…


I was looking for more information about Herm on the Internet and I found your message posted in 2005.
I took a chance to help you in your search. Have you found more ancestors in Holland other than Hermanus?

Tomorrow I will write an article on my blog about Herm’s genealogy.

Herman Sulkers was a great man and my articles on him are to pay homage to a man who served
his country. My wife’s uncle was also on the Athabaskan. He’s 81 but he doesn’t want to talk about the ordeal
he went through. He said he was rescue by the Haida.

My blog Lest We Forget pays homage to him and to his comrades.

Pierre Lagacé

Now we are going somewhere, maybe to Holland… Who knows?

See you tomorrow.


Anton or Antonia… that was the question

Remember Anton or Antonia…

That was the question I was asking myself.

Well, the person was a man…

I found this on the Internet while searching for more information…

The message was posted back in 2005.

Evelyn Howard

14 July 2005

Interested In
Family history from Holland. – Names: Bijl, Vogelezang, Sulkers.


My parents came to Canada in the early 1900’s with their respective parents and families. My father-Anton Sulkers was born in Zaandam. His father was Hermanus Sulkers and his mother was Maria Johanna Vriens. My mother, Adriana Bijl was born in Krimpen a/d IJssel. Her parents were Evelytje Vogelezang and David Bijl and his father was Andries Bijl. Anyone with a possible connection?

Write to me please.

Thank you.

The message said… Write to me please…

So I wrote a message.


Did you know Herm Sulkers, the son of Peter Sulkers, son of Hermanus, was a sailor on the Canadian destroyer Athabaskan.
I posted a lot of articles on this subject.

Pierre Lagacé

Now at least I know Anton was not Antonia… He’s Evelyn Howard’s father.

I wonder if I will get a reply.

See you.

It’s addictive… beware

Welcome if you just came in from my blog on wartime memories.

If you did not, then I have another blog about war memories. It is called Lest We Forget…

While doing my articles on Herm Sulkers, I found this on the Internet about him.

This is the message… It appears to be a newspaper article. I added the picture.

Digging up Dutch roots new pastime for Winnipeg-born senior
CHILLIWACK, British Columbia

Discovering family roots for the North American Dutch often is a tedious process. It covers great distances and could span a lifetime. The need to know did not come overnight to third-generation Dutch Canadian, Winnipeg-born Hermannus Sulkers, now 83, but became more compelling when he, accompanied by his daughters Catherine and Jane, in 1998 visited the Netherlands for the first time. He returned home with more questions than answers about his ancestors. This summer, another trip, his fourth, has been planned when he hopes with two sons to link up with namesakes in ancestral Dinteloord, a village south of national nature park Biesbosch.

Complicating Herm’s searches are a lack of sufficient fluency in the Dutch language, no known family and the fact that his grandparents launched their overseas venture from a different place than their ancestral town.

The Sulkers family left in stages for Canada from around Zaandam. In 1906, their 17-year-old son Herb left for Winnipeg to be followed two years later by siblings John, Cornelis and Antonia. In 1910, their Dinteloord-born parents Hermannus and Maria Johanna Sulkers (Vriens) embarked for Canada on the ship S.S. Victorian with eight of their other nine children. The one daughter who had stayed behind died in 1945 and was buried in Zeist.


S.S. Victorian

Return to Netherlands
Grandfather Sulkers soon deeply regretted his emigration to Canada and was troubled over the family’s separation from the daughter who because of health reasons had been denied permission to come along. He died fairly soon after arriving in the country. In the early decades of the twentieth country, a significant number of Dutch immigrants around Winnipeg, like their counterparts near Chicago, made a living as market gardeners. They and most of the Sulkers’ grew vegetables which they sold in the city, usually off the back of their horse-drawn wagon or truck. Although a steady trickle of newcomers joined the Dutch community of Winnipeg, few went the opposite direction. Herm’s father Peter and his mother went in 1951. Of the others who did, it will be quite safe to state, nearly all had joined the Canadian war effort, Herm as a navyman on Canadian destroyer Athabaskan. Following of a disastrous naval battle during which the ship was sunk off the French coast in May 1944, Herm was rescued and send to a German POW camp. While he never came close to setting a foot on Dutch soil then, Sulkers’ interest in Athabaskan commemmorations and reunions eventually brought him back to Europe.

This year’s visit to Dinteloord will be Sulkers’ second. Accompanied by a fellow Dutch genealogy enthusiast who has assisted him with his research he had no contacts for the first visit to the 17th century village in Prinsenlandpolder (so named after a son of Prince William I, the Taciturn, who spearheaded the diking project for the area around 1600). With help from sources in Canada, Sulkers learnt that his surname is most common in a half-moon around the Biesbosch where his upcoming visit already has been announced.

Sulkers’ grandparents with their four eldest children left Dinteloord during the 1890s for a farm job in the Zaandam vicinity, likely joining others who had migrated there earlier (the Haarlemmermeer reclamation works of 150 years ago also attracted people from the Western part of Brabant). Circumstances around Dinteloord in the late 1800s were far from ideal for farm labourers.

Link to the ship…




I found the article thanks to Evelyn.

This is the link.

Who is Evelyn? I found her in Cyber space…

Another footnote:

I found the Sulker family on Elmwood street in Winnipeg in the 1911 census.

Click here for the image file.

This is part of the page.

1911 census

The picture is fuzzy but we can see the Sulkers came from Holland. Mary Sulkers (Vriens) came in 1910 with some of her children while others came in 1909 and Herbert in 1907.

In the census we have an Anton, a son, but the article says Antonia came to Canada. It’s a woman’s name. Is there an error in the census? I found many errors while searching in censuses…

I will dig in for more information about the Sulkers…

Stay tune…

Chris Ardoin

I found this on Chris Ardoin on You Tube…

Chris Ardoin

Chris Ardoin

This text was also on the site.

Chris Ardoin (born April 7, 1981 in Lake Charles, Louisiana is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the young artists that helped form nouveau zydeco, a new style of music that fused traditional zydeco with various styles including hip-hop, reggae and R&B.

He was a child prodigy belonging to a musical dynasty (his father was Lawrence Ardoin and his grandfather, Bois Sec Ardoin). He started with the accordion at the age of two and grew up listening to zydeco only for the most part until he was in his teens. When he was just ten, with a help from his father Lawrence, he formed the Double Clutchin’ zydeco band with his elder brother Sean Ardoin on drums.

In 1994, the band released their debut album That’s Da Lick from Maison de Soul label. Though it was Sean who handled all the vocals and songwriting, the album was credited to Chris as they considered putting younger Chris in front would draw more attention to the band. Chris came more into the center of the spotlight in the follow up effort Lick It Up! released a year later, sharing vocals and songwriting duties with Sean. Sean left the band after releasing the album Turn the Page in 1997 to concentrate in his solo career.

In 2005, Chris changed the band name from Double Clutchin’ to NuStep, and released Sweat, the first album under the new name. M.V.P. followed in 2007.

This is the link to his grandfather singing…

Alphonse Ardoin

Alphonse Ardoin

The first song is Eunice Two Step and the second Bonsoir Moreau.

Alphonse or Bois Sec Ardouin was Amédé Ardoin’s cousin.


Amédée Ardoin

Now that’s genes for you…

One more time…

Alphonse Ardoin 2

Blues De La Prison

Alphonse Ardoin

Okay… but it’s the last one.

In this video we see Lawrence Ardoin, the son of Alphonse Bois Sec Ardoin.

Lawrence Ardoin

Lawrence Ardoin

As an amateur genealogist, the only problem I have is with the surname… Is it Ardouin or Ardoin…? Sometimes I see both.

I do hope that one day some Ardouins’ or Ardoins’ descendants will write me.

Amédé Ardoin 1898-1941

Who is Amédé Ardoin the man who made people dance in Louisiana…


Amédé Ardouin

I got interested in Amédé Ardoin because of his song Two Steps De Prairie Soileau, the place where Narcisse Chaumont died in 1896.

I let you listen to this song in this article.

Here are some links to his music… and also others…

Two Steps de Mama

Two Steps de Eunice

Madam Atchen


La Valse Ah Abe

Breaux Frères – Tiger Rag Blues

Amédée Breaux – Les Tracas du Hobo

Léo Soileau – Demain C’est Pas Dimanche

Addictive hey!

Who is Amédé Ardoin…

This is what I found on Amédé Ardoin.

Amédé Ardoin (March 11, 1898 – November 4, 1941) was a Louisiana Creole musician, known for his high singing voice and virtuosity on the Cajun accordion. He is credited by Louisiana music scholars with laying the groundwork for Cajun music in the early 20th century.

Ardoin, with fiddle player Dennis McGee, was one of the first artists to record the music of the Acadiana region of Louisiana. In December 9, 1929, he and McGee recorded six songs for Columbia Records in New Orleans.[2] In all, thirty-four recordings with Ardoin playing accordion are known to exist.

The date and place of his death is uncertain. Descendants of family members and musicians who knew Amédé tell a story, now well-known, about a racially motivated attack on Amédé in which he was severely beaten, probably between 1939 – 40, while walking home after playing at a house dance near Eunice, Louisiana. The most common story says that some white men were angered when a white woman, daughter of the house, lent her handkerchief to Amédé to wipe the sweat from his face.[3] Canray Fontenot and Wade Fruge, in PBS’s “American Patchwork”, explain that after Amédé left the place, he was run over by a Model A car and crushed his head and throat, damaging his vocal cords. He was found the next day, lying in a ditch. According to Canray, he “went plumb crazy” and “didn’t know if he was hungry or not. Others had to feed him. He got weaker and weaker until he died.” Others consider the story apocryphal. Other versions say that Amédé was poisoned, not beaten, possibly by a jealous fellow musician.

Contemporaries said that Amédé suffered from impaired mental and musical capacities later in his life probably from that infamous night. He ended up in an asylum in Pineville, Louisiana. Author Michael Tisserand in his book The Kingdom of Zydeco concludes that Amédé probably died in the asylum, though no definitive record of his death exists.

Source : Wikipedia

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Next time, we go to Memphis, Tennessee, and meet the King and Colonel Parker.

Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, 1896

Richard Lauzon, Yvon Lauzon’s cousin, sent me these pictures.

Hi Pierre,
These are pictures of Ste-Anne taken in 1896.

The convent and the train station appeared in the newspaper Le Monde illustré on the Saturday edition of June 6, 1896.

couvent 1896


vieille gare 1896

Train station

The picture titled L’amour dans le nord, was published on January 2,  1897 and Après la messe was published on February 6, 1897 in the same newspaper. I think all the pictures were taken at the same time in 1896.

après la messe 1896

People gathering after Sunday’s mass

I have had the original copies of this newspaper since I was 18 when I was at cegep d’Ahuntsic.

I was also puzzled by the couple’s identity in the sleigh.

l'amour dans le nord 1896

To consult Le monde illustré

See you soon,