Genealogy runs in my veins… Take 5

People who don’t know me well must be scratching their head.

Pierre 039

Who’s this guy writing this blog about my ancestors?

Stop scratching and start reading, but not all the posts I wrote since September 2009. There are more than 500!

Donna wrote a comment and she finally had the key to find more about Our Ancestors and her ancestors.

If Odna Lagasse is on this picture, and I am sure she is…

Odna Lagasse

then I think this is also Odna Lagasse, the daughter of Dennis Lagasse III and Amanda Ménard. She is seen here on this picture with her brother Levi Napoleon Lagasse, last row on the left and her sister Ida Lagasse, last row on the right…

Odna Lagasse with brother Levi Napoleon and Ida Lagasse

Ida always has a big smile. One day some of her descendants will find her on the Internet. It’s just a matter of time.

Who could be sitting beside Odna on the right of the picture?

I was really scratching my head before Donna’s comment because I first thought that Odna was Bertha…

Odna Lagasse with her husband

Odna’ husband was Frank Ritchie and he was the father of both William Ritchie and Robert Ritchie who both died in WWII?

William Ritchie and Robert RitchieWilliam and Robert Ritchie

What do you think?

Is Frank Ritchie beside Odna Lagasse?

Frank Ritchie

Looks like it doesn’t it?

Odna M. Ritchie was a Gold Star Mother, but you already know that.

Edna's obitWas Frank Ritchie a Gold Star Father?

I don’t think they gave medals for father losing two sons in WWII.


Obituaries are a great source for finding relatives even if there are errors sometimes. This is why you have to double and triple check every information.

As for Odna Lagasse born on October 18, 1893, we now have precious pictures of her and maybe pictures of her husband Frank Ritchie.

Footnote to the footnote

If you are asking yourself if I have found Frank Richie’s ancestors also…

What do you think?

Frank Ritchie

The Young Lady in the White Dress

picture from Dennis 1.1

She is Odna!

Donna wrote another comment…

Here name is definitely Odna, not Edna.
In the picture you sent she is in the second row on the right.
The young lady in the white dress.
One of her sisters was named Mary and the youngest was Antoinette “Toni”.
Those are the two I remember knowing in my youth.

Odna Lagasse

If this is Odna, then this is also Odna Lagasse on that picture with her brother Levi Napoleon and Ida Lagasse…


Genealogy runs in my veins… Take 4

Post No. 506!

Hard to stop looking for ancestors?

You can bet on it.

Hard to stop looking also for other people’s ancestors?

You can bet on it also.

I got this request this morning. Coffee had to wait.


I hope all is well.

I have found from another source that Mélodie Hogue’s husband is not named Joseph Orphire Levesseur, but Joseph Zephire Levasseur.  I have attached the marriage act.  Would please translate this for me?  I think I see the father as Hippolyte Moreau.  I see a former wife of Marie Beauregard.  The mother could possibly be Rita Desser…

Anyway, I am sure you are much better at this and I, and I appreciate your

Thank you.

I wanted to take a break during this summer and come back only in September to talk about that picture that has been haunting me since 2009.

famille Hogue vers 1910

Where’s Edna

I hope Donna will read this post and will tell me where’s Edna on this picture.

I have some family pictures to share like Dennis Lagasse IV did in 2011 when he sent me this one and then 100 more!

picture from Dennis 1.1

Donna wrote a comment. She is Edna’s granddaughter and she has heard about her uncles William and Robert Ritchie.

What is so important about having heard about her uncles?



And this…

William Ritchie

Donna wrote this comment yesterday about this post.

Thank you or this blog. Odna Ritchie was my grandmother.  My mother Doris was the youngest of her 6 children.  William and Robert were the Uncles I never got to meet.  My mother talked of them often.

1921 Canadian Census

The time is more than right…

Click here to sign the petition…

To: The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Media Relations, Library and Archives Canada

Please release the 1921 Census now.
The 1921 Canadian Census is an essential resource for researchers and ordinary people around the world. Given its proximity to the First World War, veteran’s families have expressed a particular need for these details of their heritage.
It was supposed to have been released publicly on June the 1st, 2013, but it is still unavailable. The LAC  has only said, on June the 4th, that it should be out “in a few weeks” which could be three or more than fifty-two.

It is an international embarrassment, especially in comparison to the recent 1940 US census project.  By heralding the US release, crowd-sourcing the indexing, and encouraging the cooperation of public, corporate, religious and other groups, the US digitalization was completed quickly and with minimal errors.

Almost as important, citizens and non-Americans came away with a sense of ownership of these ‘dusty old records,’ pride in the accomplishment, and an enhanced closeness of so many different peoples.

On June the 17th, LAC sources claimed that the job is finished and on their servers, but political directives have stopped further activity. The LAC has been hobbled by cutbacks, had their bosses fired, and even publicly criticized by the former Director for the creation of a ‘pay-wall.’
Please provide an immediate release of the data, even if it is still incomplete. We need transparent, detailed explanations of all such efforts, now and in the future.



Richard Eric Grinndal 1918-1944

Probably not that important that I should write about this person.

I have learned since 2009 that everything I write on this blog is for a reason. I am the one who benefits the most from all this writing I have been doing since 2009.

I have learned so much about myself and others that I have a hard time stopping writing.

So what is all about Richard Grinndal who died on November 22, 1944 and probably left no descendants to remember him by.

I have started writing about him on my blog about No. 23 Squadron. If you have been reading that blog, you know why I wrote it in the first place.

If not click here.

So what about Richard Eric Grinndal?

1940 U.S. Census Richard Grinndal


You tell me because I know very little about him.

Chronology: No. 51 O.T.U.

About Ensign Richard Eric Grinndal…

Sometimes there is something telling me that I should write something about someone on my blog Our Ancestors.

RAF 23 Squadron

This picture could have been taken at No. 51 O.T.U. but I am not sure.


No 51 O.T.U. was stationed at RAF Cranfield.  From 27 March 1944 to 16 October 1944 R.C. Harris was posted there.  He was a navigator radar operator and flew on Beaufighters, Wellingtons, Beauforts, and Airspeed Oxfords.

This page from the logbook is interesting in a way as well as the message from Robert.

Hello Pierre!

I have learned so much from reading the latest blog update.  I had never heard of the Havocs with searchlights linked to the Hurricanes!

One log book scan shows my father as instructor to an American – wonder what happened to him! I have attached some other log book extracts which I hope you will find of some use.

Can’t thank you enough for all the work on 23 squadron and beyond.

Kind regards – Rob

One log book scan…

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Comment From Susan

500th post on my blog Our Ancestors!

I wanted to keep a low profile for the summer, but this comment from Susan is too interesting to leave it in the comment section and be missed by my readers.

My mother, for a while, and my aunt went to St. Anne’s Academy, a boarding school with girls from all over the world, and of course locals. It is now low-income housing!! 

I remember my mother taking me there. Fearfully institutional!! 

Some of  the nuns, (help me out here) Soeurs de Ste. Anne (??) were experts at invisible mending. I’m sure they charged a fee!  Anyhow, the stories I’ve heard about that Academie! 

The grammar school was St. Anthony’s, yes, Pam, French and English.  My gggrandmother Bertrand (nee Gaudet) from Memramcooke, CA insisted on Francais in her home, no parle Anglaise (Am I doing this right?) 

I have a rich heritage on that Hill that I only came to appreciate lately.
I even belonged to the Marlborough Historical Society!! but never delved into my French Hill roots.
I guess I thought I  knew it all !

No parle Anglaise?

Ne parle pas en anglais… Do not speak in English…

Susan’s gggrandmother wanted to keep her descendants remembering their roots.

Going Back in Time With Celina

Pam never expected her friend Susan and I were related somehow. I never expected it also. Celina Marineau is one of Susan’s ancestors. Celina would be this man’s sister.

Jean-Baptiste Marineau

Jean-Baptiste Marineau

I wrote about Jean-Baptiste Marineau, the son of Jean-Baptiste Marineau and Marie-Jeanne Lauzé. Jean-Baptiste is Barbara Marineau’s ancestors.

I never talked that much about Barbara. I only share what people allow me to share with you on this blog. Barbara has shared a lot and I was able to link Barbara to her anccestors and her family history. 

These two posts were part of four posts I wrote about the Marineaus. Something terrible had happened on March 10, 1838 in St-Eustache.

It all started on December 14, 1838.

Click here.

Going back in time with Celina Marineau in one of the darkest period of Quebec’s history.