The long and winding road of Ron…

Ron Depatie was desperately searching for who had built la Maison Chaumont.

Ron thought Toussaint, the son of his ancestor Jacques Bélisle, had built la Maison Chaumont.

Nice job…

After Ron and I teamed up in our research, we believe that another Toussaint, the son of George Bélisle and Olivine Bélisle, built la Maison Chaumont. This Toussaint also built this house on 3rd Avenue…

Nice brick job… 

Ron who has some expertise in old houses renovation noticed something quite interesting.

The brick job was done by the same person.

Ron had to travel a long and winding road to find his roots, and he is still looking because when you start looking for your ancestors, they are everywhere.

Sixth inning… Remember Adolph Lagasse

Do you remember him?

Click here.

Sandy had this in her files.


Pierre Adolphe Lagasse 1851-1922

Then this…


Elphege Lagasse 1879-1923

And this…

Adolphe Lagasse lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He died in 1922.

His son Elphege died in 1923.

Adolphe was Idala’s brother. You know everything there is to know about Idala.

There is always something more to learn…

Fifth inning… Marguerite Alexandre

This game can go extra innings you know…

Last month, Joe sent me this picture of Marguerite Alexandre, Henriette Alexandre’s sister.

It’s not over till it’s over…

Marguerite is one of Joe’s ancestors.

That’s as close as I can get to have a picture of Henriette Alexandre, my great-grandmother.

I am very lucky though because I have the pictures of all my 8 great-grandparents except Henriette’s photograph.

Pierre Lagacé tree

I know all about her: she had 13 children.

Five were still living in 1900. That’s what the 1900 U.S. census said.

Henriette’s sister, Marguerite Alexandre, is Joe’s great-great-grandmother which makes us third cousins.

Joe told me he could use all the living cousins he can get.

I think I could also…

Joe has a great sense of humor, just like mine and like Melissa’s.

My grandfather Léo Lagacé was quite a clown. That’s what someone who knew him back in the 1920s told me.

Her name was Dorilla Landry, Maria Landry’s younger sister.

I met her in April 2009. She was 95.

I talked about the Landry family in this article

Sandy found out that Léo Lagacé and Maria Landry, who got married in 1912, had a child: a little baby girl.

Her name was Yvette Noëlla Lagacé.

Noëlla was born on December 24, 1913. She lived only 16 days.

I don’t think many people ever knew this…

Fourth inning…

There is someone out there in the bleachers who is watching this game.

I don’t know who this person is, but he or she downloaded some of Pierre Lagasse’s picture on my Ancestry site.

Pierre Lagasse and Mathilde Leblanc

Pierre Lagasse

He or she had been looking for information on Beatrice Delores Robear.

I don’t mind because I do not own my ancestors or my ancestors’ relatives even if I have been searching a lot for the past three years.

Pierre is my great-grandfather’s brother.

Band of brothers…

Pierre and Stanislas had other siblings…

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Click to zoom in

This person was looking for Emma Lagasse, daughter of Pierre Lagacé and Mathilde Leblanc.

Emma was born in 1880 and she married Henri Robert who switched his name to Henry Robear.

Emma and Henry had these children:


Henri Arthur

Beatrice Delores

Vernon Fredrick

This person must have had a ball with all the information that can be found on my site.

Click to zoom in

I would only wish he or she would play ball with us and maybe send us a picture of Emma Lagasse.

One nice thing about this blog is when you now type Emma Lagasse on Google, you get this…

If you type Beatrice Delores Robear, you get this…

Next time, fifth inning.

Third inning

Linda is quite a genealogy player…

She had covered a lot of grounds to find her roots. The only error she made was with Agnes’ parents: Pierre Lagacé and Mathilde Leblanc.

Sandy and I backed her up. 

Linda is not the first one to commit this error. Sandy told me we see this error a lot on the Internet. Mathilde Leblanc did not marry Pierre Adolphe Lagacé, son of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David.

She did not…

Pierre Lagacé and Mathilde Leblanc

Sandy knows all about Pierre Lagacé, son of Stanislas Lagacé and Onésime Cadieux, and I know all about his brother Stanislas Lagasse…

And we know a whole lot more… and we also have pictures .

Field of dreams

Linda on the other hand knows all about the L’Esperance’s branch… and she wants to play along with us.

Delphis Lesperance’s children

Don’t worry about making mistakes when searching for your ancestors. It happens to all of us. We just have to correct them when we see them.

Know someone who likes baseball and genealogy? He or she can join our team.

Next time…

Fourth inning!

All roads lead to Ron…

All roads lead to Ron…

Ron lives in Midhurst, Ontario.

Midhurst is not a stone throw away from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

But Ron had to come to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines to see where his ancestor Jacques Bélisle had lived back in the 1800s and he brought some family members along with him…

Ron gives a tour…







Ron had brought his father Leo along and Leo brought his 39 Chevy truck.

Nice truck…

Ron is knee-deep in genealogy. He’s been digging for seven years.

Ron found his Holy Grail when he visited me.

Two men obsessed with their roots talking about their ancestors while family members were listening and trying to follow what was being said.

Ron’s ancestors go back to Belle-Isle-en-Mer in Brittany.

I found some old postcards on the Internet…

I’m sure Ron will one day visit Belle-Isle-en-Mer.

His father Leo won’t be able to go there with his 39 Chevy truck though…

Just watch me…


William Lagasse

William Lagasse was my grandfather’s nephew.

I don’t believe Léo Lagacé Senior ever met William, but maybe he did. I don’t believe he ever knew what had happened to William either, but then maybe he did.

I never knew anything about William Lagasse. He was just a name in my genealogy data bank. William Lagasse was the son of Antoine Lagacé (Anthony Lagasse) and Délia Bertrand. This is who I believe are Antoine and Délia.

This photo was sent to me by Sandy, my not so distant cousin anymore in the United States. Sandy does not know who they are, but we think it could be them.

Maybe we could be wrong. The man looks a lot like a Lagacé (Lagasse).

On the left is Stanislas Lagasse born in 1842 and on the right is his son Stanislas born in 1864

Antoine was Stanislas’ son and was born in 1863. William is Antoine’s son and was born in 1888 the same year his uncle Léo Lagacé Senior was born.

I am sure my great-grandfather Stanislas learned what happened to his grandson William in 1918. I am sure he did because he lived till 1927.

If you want to know what happen to William, click here I have something to share with you.

If you are somewhat related to William Lagasse or his father Anthony Lagasse, please write me a comment below and I will get in touch.

Second inning…

Now we’re getting somewhere…

After Stephen, whose great-great-grandfather is also mine, Linda has now join our team.

Linda has been searching for the Lesperance lineage for quite a while and she hit a lot of home runs even if she had made an error on Agnes Lagasse’s parents.

No harm done…

Remember this picture…

Agnes Lagasse is kneeling besides her daughter Victoria.

Sandy and I had identified all the people on this picture taken around 1908-1909.

One of them is Delphis Lesperance.

Linda is Delphis Lesperance’s granddaughter…!

Agnes Lagasse is her great-grandmother.

As I was writing this article, I went on the Internet and I found some of the messages she had left on a forum. She had put her e-mail so I wrote her.

Never thought she would write back…

Write back she did. Even the kids had to wait for supper…

Told you genealogy was addictive.

This picture was sent to me by Sandy two months ago.

George Lesperance sent it to her a few years back.

George had identified the people with what he knew then.

Sandy has now identified most of them.

First row: Agnes Lagasse, Francois Lesperance, Elma Lesperance, Edward Lesperance

Second row: Eugenie Lagasse, ?, Marie-Louise Côté, Alphonse Meunier, Philomène Desforges, Joseph Lagasse, ? and ?

The old woman in the centre of the photo is Philomène Desforges.

Philomène Desforges 1843-1933

She was to married Edouard L’Espérance dit Viau. Édouard, just like my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé, had taken another name. He was known as Edward Hope.

Hope is the English translation of “espérance”.

I went looking for Édouard Lespérance or Edward Hope in the Canadian census, and there he was… in 1881 in St. Armand, Quebec.

This is Edward with his family.

Philomène is with her children: Sophronie, Lucie, Henriette, Joseph, Marie, Adéline, Caroline and Lucien.

Next inning, I will try to find Edward Hope’s parents…

I hope.

Bottom of the first

A day in a life…

The wedding of Samuel Lagasse and Marie-Anne Lepage

Claudette, Sam’s little girl, sent me this on Tuesday.

If you don’t know who Claudette is…

Click here.

There is someone else who is playing ball with us…

Claudette’s nephew.

He sent me this picture and a whole lot more.

Stephen and I are fourth cousins. He lives in Texas.

He identified all the people on the photo except the woman on the right.

I knew who she was…

Marie Michaud.

Claudette had this picture of Marie Michaud and her two sons Albert and Roger.

Double play…

Top of the first inning…

First pitch…

I know a lot of people will be happy to play ball with us this morning…

The old woman in the centre of the picture is Philomène Trahan also named Philomène Desforges.

Philomène is Joseph Lesperance’s mother and the ancestor of a lot of Lesperance down in the United States…

Joseph is not in this picture, but he is on this one…

Joseph Lesperance is with his daughter Eugenie Victoria born September 18, in 1902 in St-Armand, Missiquoi county, in Quebec.

There is a sad story to be told about Joseph, but before I tell you what Sandy and I found about him, we will go to the bottom of the first tomorrow…