Santa comes earlier this year…

Santa comes earlier this year Dennis…

Yep… Sure looks that way Peter…

Each year I play Santa… on this blog about genealogy.

Click here for Chrismas 2009 and here for Christmas 2010. This year is not different.

Let’s say it’s a tradition of mine.

I like this little animated gif image of Santa… with his trusted mule.

Like my grandfather Leo Lagacé, I have a great sense of humour or humor if you live in the States like my grandfather did from 1889 through 1907.

My grandfather’s parents moved to the U.S. in 1889, Bristol, Connecticut to be more precise, and Leo came back to Quebec the year his mother died.

Leo died on January 1st 1964.

I had just turned sweet 16.

Back in 2007, 100 years later after Leo came back from the U.S., I started being interested about my ancestors in general and about my grandfather.

I knew very little about him then. A lot of hearsays and a U.S. silver dollar dated 1888.

Back in the 50s, Leo Senior never talked that much to his grandson. I think in fact he never spoke to me.

Maybe he did, but I can’t recall. My grandmother did though. He would pass along some information on what was the name of the American President at the time…

Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Leo Senior had a poor health and he was quite poor.

Little did I know then in the 50s that he had been rich in the 20s and the 30s and that he lost his fortune twice to gambling.

So when I came into this world, my grandfather was 60 years old, in poor health and poor.

I don’t think he was that much interested about his new grandson Pierre.

Maybe he was?

He never told…

Anyway, time have changed… and now I have a new grandson and I will talk to him a lot.

I was always curious and very patient by nature.

I still am.

I wonder where I got it from.

So when I got interested about my ancestors back in 2007, I had what it took to go and look for them.

And look I did and I looked a lot.

I never found my grandparents’ marriage license.

The reason was simple… They were never married…!

Someone sent me my grandfather’s death certificate with his mother’s name on it…

H. Alexandre.

With this little piece of information, the floodgates opened wide.

I found Leo Seniorwas first married in 1912. I had his parents’ name: Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

I won’t go into the details because this is not the subject of this article.

So are you still interested about Lucille?

 

How is all this related to Lucille Lestage?

Quite simple.

Since I knew almost nothing about my American roots, I started writing this blog to help others find their French-Canadian roots and maybe learn more about my American relatives.

This is what I did with my distant cousins Alyce out west and Claudette down south back 2009, and with Odette, somewhere in the middle, another distant cousin back in 2010.

A few months ago, Dennis Lagasse found his roots reading my blog.

In a few minutes Dennis was transported back in time and became Dennis IV. He shared the few pictures he had with me which reunited me with my grandfather’s nieces and nephews.

This is what I am doing right now with Robin who lives in California and who is searching for her husband’s ancestors.

She found a picture of someone who meant nothing to her.

Nothing to her, but something to Sandy, Joe and I.

Well I guess you will have to come back on Monday for the end of this story…

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