Missed Opportunity

I sometimes use Facebook to reach out on cyberspace for descendants of some of your ancestors and mine.

Sometimes people will reply, sometimes others won’t. I am getting used to it, so don’t feel sorry for me…

Just feel sorry for people who miss the opportunity I offer them.

Pam did not miss the opportunity I offered her when she first wrote we were distant cousins. In fact I found out we were 9th cousins three times removed.

That’s close enough for me.

I believe I have found her Bourgeois lineage, and she is checking it out with her cousin. When she does I will share what I have found so others may benefit.

Always free! 

I like to hand a helping hand, but I would like also for get more feedback sometimes when I find someone’s ancestors. Sometimes these people could share what little they know and help me in my search for my ancestors also.

I have so many pictures hanging around with unidentified people hanging around that I would need a helping hand when possible…

Dennis Lagasse wedding picture

Just a thought…

Fred J. Jewell Quartermaster Second Class

You probably never heard Fred J. Jewell’s name before. That’s a pity unless you read the comments on my blog.

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. My grand mom would know of such feelings. She sent 3 sons off to war. Two in the Navy, one in the Army Air Corps. All 3 went M.I.A. during the last year of the war. My uncle Randy was shot down over Germany P.O.W. My dad’s ship got frozen in the North Atlantic after battle with no radio communication. My dad, Coy A. Jewell made it back from the North Atlantic. Almost lost his legs from gangrene. Uncle Randall M. Jewell was machine gunned by a German guard left for dead. He came home. My uncle Fred didn’t come home. You see Fred Jackson Jewell was aboard the U.S.S. Bullhead the last American submarine sunk in WWII. Your son did not die alone that day. He died with 83 FINE YOUNG AMERICANS one of them was my uncle who I never met and I am DAM PROUD of THEM!!!      

I’d like to thank you for posting that link to this sight. I feel a little closer to the man I never met by being here. Thanks again.  


This is the post my reader is talking about…

Click here.


I write so people never forget about their loved ones. You can also writhe about them on this blog if you want like Mark White wrote about his father on my other blog dedicated to men who served with RCAF 403 Squadron.

Sometimes It Takes a Long Long Time

Updated 17 April 2021 with this comment

OMG of COURSE!! That’s Mary Ellen Elizabeth Doucette, my grandmother. I’m Paul John Hogue’s daughter. I barely remember her, but I have a few pictures. Now what year is that photo from? What’s getting me is how much the fellow standing in the last row way to the left resembles both my dad and my brother.

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Take this picture for example.

Ellen Elizabeth Doucette

Only one person was identified back in 2009.

Napoléon Hogue

Then another,

carte mortuaire Jean-Marie-Hogue fils

then another,

Clémentine Hogue

then more people

famille de Joseph Brière

and so on and so on.

This is my latest find.

Arthur Hogue’s wife.

Ellen Elizabeth Doucette and GenevieveEllen Elizabeth Doucette and Genevieve Hogue

I knew her first name but that was all I knew. I knew a few kids thanks to the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census.

Geneviève Hogue 1908 –
Adonis Hogue 1910 –
Alice Hogue 1912 –
Irène Hogue 1913 –
Rita Hogue 1915 –
Catherine Hogue 1919 –
Mary Hogue 1920 –
Paul Hogue 1922 –
Corine Hogue 1924 –

I finally found Ellen Elizabeth Doucette or Doucet surname two days ago. This is where I found that information.

On Family Search.

It’s a document about their wedding.

1906 marriage Hogue Doucette

With that I could ascertain Genevieve’s presence on the picture.

Piece of cake.

Did she leave any descendant or did she die young?

I have waited for five years to identify her and her mother. I can wait for another five years since I am not directly related to these folks but one of my most faithful reader who owns that picture is.

That story does not end here by all means, because when you unlock one door, there are full of lock doors behind that one.

Amazing Offer

Updated 18 April 2021 with this comment

OMG of COURSE!! That’s Mary Ellen Elizabeth Doucette, my grandmother. I’m Paul John Hogue’s daughter. I barely remember her, but I have a few pictures. Now what year is that photo from? What’s getting me is how much the fellow standing in the last row way to the left resembles both my dad and my brother.

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Free pictures!

If one of your ancestors was Genevieve Hogue or her mother Ellen Elizabeth Doucette… this picture is free!

Ellen Elizabeth Doucette

It was taken on April 14, 1909 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Little Genevieve seen with her mother was born on November 12, 1908 so Genevieve is 5 months and 2 days old give or take a few hours. The picture above is really about the wedding picture of this couple.

final answer

I have been working hard to identify all these people since 2009. Only one person had been identified!

In 2011 I had help from a reader related to Ida Levasseur, Bernadette’s sister. That person told me Bernadette was not Jean-Marie Hogue’s daughter but that she was her niece. Bernadette’s parents were already deceased.

The picture belongs to Cécile Guénette Hogue. She lives in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines. I had known Cécile for quite sometimes. She was a substitute teacher at my school. When I was absent she was the substitute teacher I wanted to have in my classroom. I always treated her fine and my students knew how to behave when I had to be absent.

I retired from teaching in June 2004 then went back to university full-time to get a D.E.S.S. in translation.

Then in 2007 I got addicted to genealogy and old pictures.

But I digress…

In June 2009 Cécile wanted to show me some old pictures. She had this old picture from her husband’s old family album.It was that picture that made me create this blog in the first place trying to seek descendants of these people.

section photo de 1909

I have found some descendants but not in the U.S. In Québec!

This would be too long story to explain.

Joseph Bélisle

Getting back to Genevieve… I did not know Arthur Hogue’s wife’s name.

Arthur Hogue

Arthur was the son of Jean-Marie Hogue.

Jean-Marie Hogue

Jean-Marie Hoguw was this man’s brother. He’s Napoléon Hogue the only person we could identify back in 2009.

Napoléon Hogue

Both men are on the wedding picture. This is their father’s picture.

Jean-Marie Hogue père

This man is Jean-Marie Hogue Senior. He was half-blind…

So what about Genevieve Hogue? You tell me because I know a lot about her ancestors but not much on her.

Back to square one…? Take Two

This will be a follow-up about a post I wrote back in March 2011. This is the original post.


Remember this couple I was talking about last Monday?

I thought in 2009 that they were the newly-weds in a picture taken around 1910 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

I still thought so until Wednesday night when someone sent me a picture.

Here’s the “big picture” of this big picture.

I thought in 2009 that this picture had been taken in 1910.

Think again because someone told me that her relatives had this picture also.

It was taken probably on April 14, 1909 when Bernadette Levasseur, sister of Ida Levasseur, married Joseph Phaneuf.

The woman I had identified as Bernadette Hogue is probably Bernadette Levasseur.

Is this what they will call a soap opera in the future?

Look at this picture someone sent me.

Joseph Brière’s family

It does not belong to her.

She found it on Ancestry.

I still don’t have permission to use it, but I think you will understand why I am posting it.

Compare with this…

1909, Marlborough, Massachusetts

And this montage…


I will try to get permission to post the picture I posted without permission.

Then, I will tell you more, a whole lot more next Monday.


I have identified more people on the wedding picture… I will tell you more next time.

Ellen Elizabeth Doucette

Joseph Brière’s family

My Best 9th Cousin Three Times Removed

Who is my best 9th cousin three times removed?


She is the reader who wrote this comment last week on this blog.

Hi Pierre,
I just came across this while working on my family tree. According to ancestry.com I’m a direct descendant of Jacques Archambault, too. He’s my 11th great grandfather. I’m finding some interesting information on him.

Pam Connors

I replied online and she was quick to react…

Hi distant cousin! :)

I look forward to seeing the relationship. In the meantime here is my connection to Jacques. By the way, I google names while doing my tree and found such interesting things about him and his family. A person never knows what they’ll find! I just wish I could find my Bourgeois side. My 2 x’s great grandfather was David Bourgeois according to familysearch.org and his wife was either Celia or Ledia, no maiden name.


I love reading your comments.

Feel free to send them even though you leave only one then disappear.

Pam is glad to have found her best 9th cousin three times removed because after he found the link to our common ancestor…,


I found her Bourgeois lineage

BOURGEOIS, JACQUES (Jacob), surgeon, colonizer, founder of Beaubassin; b. sometime between 1618 and 1621 in France, probably at Couperans-en-Brie (department of Seine-et-Marne); d. 1701 at Port-Royal (Annapolis Royal, N.S.); founder of the Bourgeois family in Acadia.

Before leaving France, Bourgeois had entered the medical profession. He came to Port-Royal in 1642 with 18 families that Governor Menou* d’Aulnay brought with him on one of his voyages. Bourgeois’ father, also named Jacques, was an army officer at Port-Royal and was the brother-in-law of Germain Doucet, Sieur de La Verdure, Aulnay’s assistant. In 1654 Sedgwick* seized Port-Royal, and as by the terms of the capitulation soldiers were to be repatriated, Jacques Bourgeois senior returned to France; his son remained in Acadia, where he became the ancestor of a large number of descendants. In 1643 Bourgeois had married Jeanne, Guillaume Trahan’s daughter, who was born in France in 1631; they had ten children, seven girls and three boys.

At Port-Royal, Jacques Bourgeois became a farmer and shipbuilder. He traded with the Bostonians, particularly with John Nelson and William Phips*; he learned their language, and was the interpreter for the French in their dealings with the English. In 1672 he sold a partof his holdings at Port-Royal in order to settle, with his sons Charles and Germain and two of his sons-in-law, in the Chignecto Basin, thus becoming the first promoter of settlement in this region; he built a flour-mill and a saw-mill there. A few years later, in 1676, the region was made into a seigneury, the holder of which was Michel Leneuf de La Vallière (the elder), a nobleman born at Trois-Rivières; the new fief, 100 square leagues in extent, was named Beaubassin. As La Vallière brought in settlers and indentured employees from Canada, two distinct establishments adjoined each other at Beaubassin; but a clause in the title to the land grant protected the interests of Jacques Bourgeois and the other Acadian settlers established on the domain; it was not long before the two elements of the population merged into one.

The Chignecto region provided Jacques Bourgeois and the whole settlement with fertile marshes, and high ground suitable for farming. The Shediac portage was an important relay station in the sea communications between Acadia and Canada and a strategic position commanding the isthmus and Baie Française (Bay of Fundy). By the time of the expulsion of the Acadians, Beaubassin had become one of the most prosperous places in Acadia.

The distinguished colonist had settled at Port-Royal again before 1699; he died there, an octogenarian, in 1701. The family name was perpetuated by two of his three sons: Charles, born in 1646, who married Anne Dugas in 1668; and Germain, born about 1650, who married his first wife, Marguerite Belliveau, in 1673 and his second wife, Madeleine Dugas, in 1682; the third son, Guillaume, left only a daughter.

Clément Cormier

AN, Col., C11D 3, f.191. Coll. de manuscrits relatifs à la N.-F., I, 149. Recensement de l’Acadie, 1686 (BRH), 681. Placide Gaudet, “Acadian genealogy and notes,” PAC Report, 1905, II, pt.iii, 1; App. A, 1; see also his Notes généalogiques (preserved in PAC and the Archives de l’université de Moncton), and his studies in the Évangéline (Moncton), 5 Feb. and 10 Dec. 1942. Arsenault, Hist. et généal. des Acadiens, 61–63, 361. Rameau de Saint-Père, Une colonie féodale, I, 167–69, 171–72, 175; II, 335.

Well I think I did because we had little to go on.

When I am certain, I am sure the floodgates should open wide like my search for Edwina Newcity… the mother of Robert Lagasse.

Lawrence Lagasse Redux

This is about the same article I posted two years ago. I was writing about someone who wrote a comment on this blog. 

Let’s go back in time…


I knew Harry Lagasse had a second son whose name was Laurent or Lawrence. His first son was Gerard H. Lagasse seen here with his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather.

Dennis IV broke the news about Lawrence when he sent me these newspaper clippings.

The plane that crashed as a WACO 10.

I don’t know if Harry Lagasse had any other children beside Lawrence and Gerard. It must have been a terrible news for Anna Campbell, Lawrence’s mother.

close-up Anna Campbell and Harvey LagasseAnna Campbell and Harry Lagasse

I don’t have any more information about this family.

Maybe someday someone will write me a comment like this person who said Gerard H. Lagasse was his father.

This is what he wrote…

Hi Pierre
I am the first son of Gerard H Lagasse and would be glad to share info. with you.


He never wrote back.


I probably scared him away with all this genealogy thing or his computer broke… or this person tried to be funny and tried to pull a prank. but I am not sure about it.

He could not have made up such a story.

Click here…

Much More Than a Burial Act

This is much more than a burial act.

Antoine Mignier 1797-1875

19 February 1875

Just look who signed!

Pierre Lagassé

P A. Lagassé

Henry Lagassé

N. A. Doré

Isidor Lagassé

François Xavier Lagassé

Now look again… with someone’s picture.

This is P A. Lagassé.

Adolphe Lagasse

Pierre-Adolphe Lagasse

Pierre-Adolphe Lagasse was Antoine’s grandson. Henry, Isidore were also Antoine’s grandsons. The first person who signed as a witness to Antoine’s burial was his son Pierre, Pierre-Adolphe’s father.

Pierre is a common given name with the Lagacés as you can tell by the guy who is writing this blog…


Pierre Lagacé

My journey to find my ancestors started in 2007 and the journey to find your ancestors started in 2009. There is a wonderful story that evolved from my search for your ancestors.

It started with this… which led to this… and this…

and this…

and this.

So in a sense this is much more than a common burial act...

Antoine Mignier 1797-1875

It’s about my great-great-great-grandfather’s burial act.

Now what about this baptisimal act of Jean-Antoine Migné dit Lagassé?

Same ancestor.

Antoine 179722 September 1797, born this morning!

Such a Beautiful Picture

I know I should ease up a little on Our Ancestors…

I am still unable to ascertain this is Anthony Lagasse and his first wife Delia Bertrand.

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909

He looks so much like his dad. He has to be Anthony.

Dennis II and Dennis II 1916Readers will understand how searching for Our Ancestors is a passion bordering on obsession.

Anthony Lagasse is in fact Antoine Lagacé born in 1863. He is the first child of Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse II) and Henriette Alexandre.

Anthony was named after his great-grandfather Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé. 

I don’t have a picture of Henriette Alexandre to show you nor of Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé. This is the only image of Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé I can show you.

 Antoine Mignier 1797-1875

It’s the burial act of Antoine who died on February 17, 1875 in Bedford, Quebec.

I wish I could show you a picture of old Antoine and Henriette Alexandre.

I have so many pictures with unidentified women readers shared. Here are just a few.

young woman Bristol young woman Adams Mass young woman Adams Mass 1 woman Pittsfield woman New York woman Adams Mass woman Adams Mass 1 old woman Adams Mass Bennington woman Woman 9 Woman 8 Woman 6 Woman 5 Woman 4 Woman 3 Woman 1

I am sure Henriette is not one of them.  

But that’s okay. I just wanted to show them.

Now can you imagine finding my blog and starting to write about your ancestors and putting a name on one of these old cabinet cards.

The Calling

Old pictures are so addictive… and speak so much to us…
Such a wonderful story and so beautifully written

Real People Real Stories

ImageThis is Lois Astleford, my grandmother, at her first violin recital in 1908.  Her mother, Sallie Vale, wanted Lois to learn music and language as she had.  But Lois had a different calling.  She played horribly at the recital.  Her mother never again insisted she learn the violin.  Years later, Lois retold the story in vivid detail and with a faint smile.  Did she bomb the recital on purpose?

Perhaps.  Lois was a strong women overcoming hardships during her life.  Her father died when she was baby.   Her high school sweetheart was severely wounded in World War I. They never married.   She later married Cliff Wiedeman and had four boys.  Lois divorced Cliff during the Depression and raised her sons alone.  During this time she took up smoking Pall Mall cigarettes privately in bathrooms. Women were not allowed to smoke publicly or even vote at the time.  In later years, she…

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