How I came to know about Blanche and her long search for her ancestors…?
One of my readers on the French version of this blog asked for my help last month to find her mother-in-law’s ancestors. She wanted to give her as a birthday present a poster of her ancestors and of her descendants. Her descendants were quite easy to find for Lise-Andrée Morin. Searching for Blanche’s father’s and mother’s ancestors had been a lifelong search for Blanche Gendron who had became an orphan in 1918.
Marie Charette was her mother. Azarias Gendron was her father. They were married on September 8, 1914, in St-Casimir-de-Portneuf. According to her grandmother Clara, Marie had died in 1918. Azarias had also died in 1918. That was what Blanche had been told by her grandmother Clara Lefebvre who raised her after Blanche’s parents had died.
With this scant information Blanche had this headstone erected in St-Casimir-de-Portneuf.
The family knew Azarias Gendron had enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War One, but that was all the people knew. This is where my search began. Did Azarias Gendron die in the Great War for his country?
I was lucky to find his service record on the Internet…
From then on, the more I found about Blanche’s ancestors, more and more questions were left unanswered.
To be continued.