A note I had left behind…

This is what I had written as a note to the file of Robert J. Lagasse, the brother of Harvey Louis Lagasse Jr. and Eugene Francis Lagasse.

Someone had written a message back in 2009 or 2010 and I wrote this note…

I have to check this out…

This is the message sent by Bob Lagasse.

Maybe it’s not that important after all.

If he lived in the North End of Bristol he has to be your Lagasse

Mid-afternoon on Dec. 7, 1941, I was playing hide and seek with a group of kids from the neighborhood in the north end of Bristol when someone interrupted the game to tell us that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. “Where’s Pearl Harbor?” I asked. “In Hawaii,” they replied. Being that I was a knowledgeable 10-year-old and had studied geography, I summed up the situation quickly. “Did you ever see how small Japan is, compared to us?” I questioned. “We’ll beat ’em in a few weeks,” I analyzed. As I was saying this I was thinking, “If they mess around with my brother, he’ll show ’em.” I quickly ran home and dashed up the stairs to see if everyone knew of the news. As I looked into the living room, it was obvious that they had. Mom was seated and crying and Dad was consoling her. The radio was on giving the accounts of what was known at that time, which was sketchy and often unconfirmed.

The main concern for Mom’s world was that her son was in the Army in Camp Blanding, Fla., and the one-year training commitment would now become a war requirement for an undetermined period. Although Dad was saying all the right words to Mom, it appeared to me that his heart wasn’t really in it. He was less visibly upset than Mom, but I believe that he was more deeply concerned, having World War I experience to call on. It was an anxious, wait-and-see environment for many years to come.

Bob Lagasse


In genealogy there is no “Maybe it’s not that important after all.”

Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville

Click here.


Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville was not my ancestor but his grandfather was!

His godmother Anne Lemoyne is my direct ancestor. I found that out while helping Judi find Abraham Dubé one of her ancestors. I was not able to find more about Abraham even with the help of Susan.

Sometimes you reach a dead end when looking for ancestors, but there is always something new you can find while looking.

I am not  looking for famous people.

Some people do and I don’t mind that at all.


Before I started writing Our Ancestors I did not know Emeril Lagasse had ever existed.

Someone had written a comment looking for her kids’ lineage. So I wrote a few posts about Emeril who is a very distant cousin of mine (8 generation back). That lady never wrote back, but one of her two sons did but never wrote back after.

I can live with that…

I never post anything special about famous people, just when I stumble upon someone who was made famous by history books.

In my book this old lady is just as famous as any famous people.


That’s the reason I have been writing that much since 2009.

But I guess you already know that don’t you?

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Scary isn’t?

Post No. 690

I just hope Judi isn’t scared away from this blog.


I am a very normal person.

Just a tad compulsive about genealogy, old pictures, and writing. I also have a little sense of humor to go along.

I don’t take life or death too seriously.

This search for my ancestors led to Our Ancestors. This whole story started back in 2007 when my brother paid me a little visit and  brought along some old pictures.


That’s when I got hooked on genealogy!

You could read this blog from the start if you want, but you don’t have to.

You would be missing a lot of great stories about great people I have met since September 2009 when I created this English version of my original blog about genealogy I had started to write in French back in January 2008.

Reading a post a day on this blog would take you almost two years.

Reading the French one would take you almost four years.

Scary isn’t…


Why Irene Wilcox is on this picture?

I had to know why Irene Wilcox was on that picture?

Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers

Exeurie Myers and Irene Wilcox (10 May, 1929)

Collection Jason West

That’s what I had been asking myself since last week when Jason sent me lots of pictures. Why Irene Wilcox had her picture taken with Exurie Myers?

Simple. Because the old lady on the left was her grandmother, Louise Beaugrand dit Champagne.


Louise Beaugrand dit Champagne, her son Adélard Turcotte, and her niece-in-law Rose Alma LaRose

Collection Jason West

It took me sometimes to figure it out but I am very persistent. But I guess you should have figured this out a long time ago if you have been reading this blog like Susan and Fran.

I just love to put a name of a face.

Can’t help it.

This time I am sure who the old lady was.


There is something in this picture which is worth noting besides the names.

Look at Rose Alma’s arm. It’s on Adelard’s shoulder which is a sign of closeness. People would not usually put their arm around someone in those good old days. Someone once told me that, and I thought I would share this along also.

Louise Beaugrand-Champagne was Sophronie Beaugrand-Champagne’s sister. Sophronie was Exeurie’s wife and she is seen here on this picture Jason forgot to send me.

It was on his family tree.

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophronie and Exeurie

Collection Jason West

Sophronie died in 1917, and Exeurie never remarried.



Family Search Website

Louise had married Fabien Turcotte, and in 1929 she was a widow.

Headstone Turcotte - Croteau - Champagne - Marrotte - Morell

Courtesy Lisa H.

In 1929 Irene Turcotte (Wilcox), her granddaughter, got engaged to George Morse. Well that’s what I think because they got married in 1930.



Collection Jason West

Are you still following me?


When was Louise born?

Where was she born?

You would be surprised to know I knew all these answers because I had found back in 2012 a lot of her ancestors in my quest for other people whose names were Beaugrand dit Champagne.

Scary isn’t…

Collection Pierre Lagacé


From Susan…

1850 U.S. Census in Essex in the county of Chittenden. Lines 20 to 29.

1850 Census Abraham Dube

Marian (Mary Ann Dubie) is there with her little brother Alonzo who got married…

Alonzo Duby marriage 1862

The problem is not the search of ancestors but when to stop searching.

Remember Mary Ann’s husband Stephen Dague?

I think I found his ancestor…

If you can read French click here.

Still looking…

Abraham Duby

I would have wished the clerk would have been more curious and had ask for Abraham’s parents’ names. Abraham Duby and Olive Bear had a daughter Mary Ann who died in 1930.

death Mary Ann Dubie

She was the wife of Stephen Dague who I think was Étienne Daigle. Étienne was the son of Étienne Daigle and Marguerite Lafrance. I also reached a dead end with this lineage.

To be continued?

Looking for Abraham…?

1880 Abraham Duby

One clue might lead to another, then another, then another.

Use this contact form to reach me. You never know what we can find.


That’s the reason why I have been writing so much lately.

So these children might one day find their ancestors and pictures of them.


Everything is always free here, and you can always drop me a line by adding a comment.

I will get back later with this group picture.

Children who are pictured here in 1958 are the most precious people to write for.


To be continued…

British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube

If TV is boring…

British Pathé

YouTube release

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage…

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