Why I keep writing this blog?

Post No 620

Why I keep writing this blog?

The reason is simple… I like old pictures and people keep sending them!

Teresa, Amanda Ménard’s great-great-granddaughter, sent me this picture along with the other family pictures you saw yesterday on Thanksgiving. 

Amanda Ménard

Amanda Ménard

This woman is not my ancestor, but I know a lot about her.

In 2010 I thought Amanda Ménard was no. 15 on that picture. I was sure her husband was no. 12. He was my granduncle, my grandfather’s brother.

That was the first time I had seen his face, and I got all excited.

Some of Amanda Ménard’s and Dennis Lagassey’s children were on this picture: Levi, no. 10 and Ida, no. 3.

Bertha with family in Bristol

The little girl was little Germaine, the daughter of no. 5 and no. 2.

I have a picture of little Germaine.


No. 1

This is the original picture sent in 2009 by someone’s mother I scared away.

original picture of the Lagasse family

No. 12 was Pepere.

I have sometimes scared away people with my passion for old pictures and putting names on faces instead of numbers like woman no. 2.

Alice Myers!

Sounds familiar?

I have been writing this blog with the hope that someone might be willing to share old pictures of his or her ancestors who could be distant relatives…

Robin did just that in 2011 even if she was not related to me. Her husband was.

She sent me this picture of these people seen here. She did not have to send it but she did. Philomène was a great-grandaunt I had never seen before, and I was able to identify who were the others after a few trials and errors.

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre I family

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre, his wife Philomène Lagacé,
their daughters Myra, Mary and Helen with her two boys

I did not scare Robin away and she scanned more than 150 photos so I could post them on this blog.

These next distant relatives seen here on a photocopy of a picture was sent by Dennis Lagasse IV in 2011.

picture from Dennis 1.1

These people are mostly the same people seen on this picture.

original picture of the Lagasse family

Dennis had shared what little knowledge he had at that time about his grandfather Levi Napoleon (Levi), the no. 8 guy, and his great-grandfather Dennis III (Pepere).

On the photocopy, Pepere is seen between his daughter Mary on the left and his wife Amanda Ménard on the right. All 11 children are on the picture.

I did not scare Dennis IV away with my passion for old pictures. On the contrary he sent me later an old man’s picture part of a collection of more than 100 pictures his father Lionel had kept.

Dennis Lagasse II

Stanislas Lagacé

Then he scanned all the rest of the pictures.

That old man was my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé II. He changed his name when he emigrated to the U.S. He was Dennis Lagassey III’s father and my grandfather’s father.

Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis II) was the son of Stanislas Lagassé I, who also had changed his name to Dennis Lagasse when he emigrated to the U.S.


I am not after having written 620 posts on this blog.

file Stanislas Lagacé

I keep writing this blog because I like to share what people have shared.

I would like to show you a picture of my great-grandmother Harriett Alexander who married Dennis Lagasse II in 1862. Her real name was Henriette Alexandre, but I only have Henriette’s file on Ancestry to show you.

Ancestry file of Henriette Alexandre

I know there are pictures of Henriette somewhere in the U.S., and I would be more than delighted to see them.

So, this is also why I keep writing this blog.

I keep writing to get lost ancestors reunited with their descendants who share my passion for genealogy and old pictures.

Like Donna who sent me the original of the photocopy, and have shared so much information and photos in 2013.

Dennis Lagassey family

So if this woman is your great-grandmother, your great-great-grandmother, or your great-great-great-grandmother, and you are now excited about all these pictures, and you have old pictures of people you don’t have the faintess idea who they are…

Amanda Ménard

Then feel free to contact me by writing a comment or using this form below.

I just hope I did not scare you away with all this. If I did, then at least you know where Dennis Lagasse IV got his given name…