Then I lose control…


J’ai inscrit des détails sur la photo, mais je vous donne quelques noms ici: à l’arrière de la voiture, de gauche à droite: Joseph Groleau le père (correction: je crois que c’est Benjamin Richer), les enfants de Joseph Groleau et Valentine Richer: Florestine Groleau, Florida Groleau, en avant d’elle son plus jeune frère Adélard, Églantine Groleau, Idaise Groleau. Dans la voiture au volant Oliva Richer, les 2 jeunes femmes à l’arrière je ne suis pas certain…et Osias Richer. Debout en avant à gauche c’est William Richer (l’acteur américain James Franco me fait penser à lui!), ainsi que le plus vieux de la famille, Gilbert Richer fils, à droite. Environ 1918. 

Who are these people I am not even related to?

And who are these people anyway?

The answers are all here on this blog from someone who posted a comment on Nos ancêtres, the French version of Our Ancestors.

Bonjour! J’aurais mille et une questions, mais disons que je vais m’en tenir à une. Avez-vous des infos sur les Aumais de Pointe-Claire. Des bouchers de père en fils. Plus précisément Jean-Baptiste Aumais et Julienne Lebuis Lavergne. Je cherche des informations sur leur vie à cette endroit. Je cherche aussi des images, photos…etc! J’ai en gros tout le monde, mais j’aimerais un peu d’histoire si cela existe. Merci à vous! Réal.

I told Réal he could write on my blog about his ancestors if he wanted to…

Réal told me he had his own…



This is Réal Lavergne’s blog.


Click on the image to be redirected to his blog…

Réal has some beautiful old pictures and he is also on Ancestry…

Speaking of old pictures… Do you remember this one I posted in 2011?

Myra Alexandre's and William Archambault's wedding picture

Click on the picture!

It’s been awhile…


It’s been awhile since my last post

Sometimes I wait for distant cousins to connect once more. More often than not I scare them away with all that I have been writing about dead people.

I understand everyone isn’t addicted to genealogy as I am. What people don’t know is that I am in full control of that addiction which started in July 2007 with this old picture.


In full control except when people write me comments and share old pictures of people I am not even related to.


Then I lose control…

Jerry Robetoye / Jerry Robitaille (Updated 2/8/2015)

Updating the search…

Our Genealogy

This is a photograph of Jerry Robetyoye who was born March 15, 1846 in Canada.  He married a woman named Lovina Secor (Or possibly Decor or Secov – Her name was obtained from their son’s birth certificate and is not very legible).  She was also born in Canada.  Jerry and Lovina had a son Louis L. Robitaille, born February 12, 1902 in Massachusetts.

On Civil War Pension Form and in New Bedford Massachusetts City Directories; Jerry’s last name is spelled “Robetoye”. The 1920 US Census lists him as a widower, living with his son Louis.  It says that he speaks French and was naturalized in 1896.

Jerry died January 30, 1928 and is buried at Rural Cemetery in New Bedford, MA.

Jerry Robetoye

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Robitaille from French Canada

Searching since 2007…

Our Genealogy

I am tracing the ancestors of a Louis Robitaille [c1902-1962] of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.  He was born in Mass.  Parents names currently unknown, but both were born in French Canada.  Hoping to trace them to the Robitaille clan involved in the founding of Quebec City that can be traced back to France.

Update: Louis’ parents are Jerry and Lovina Robitaille. Jerry was born 15 March 1846 in Canada and spoke French. He immigrated in 1863. He served in the Cavalry. On his Civil War Pension form and on New Bedford City Directories his last name is spelled “Robetoye”. He is buried at Rural Cemetery in New Bedford, Mass. Lovina’s maiden name is either Secov, Secor, or Decov.

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Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a ghost…

I have never met one.

The only time I was confronted was when my mother died.

I did not see her but my brother-in-law did the night she died. He did not make this story up, that I am sure of…

I have been writing this blog since 2009. I have written more than 1000 posts.

Tony told me I was a prolific writer. I write to share what I have found about ancestors no longer with us like my great-grandfather Stanislas.

Dennis Lagasse II

I would have like to tell you more about Adolphe Pierre and Elphège Lagacé, but I think I scared away their descendants.

Adolphe Pierre Lagassé

Adolphe Pierre Lagacé

Valéry Forand Blanche and Frobe

Frobe Lagasse and Elphège Lagacé?

Frobe Lagasse's family

Blanche Lagasse, Frobe Lagasse, Laurent, and Joseph Norman Lagasse,
and Valéda Forand

Elphege Lagasse

Elphège Lagacé

Well c’est la vie!

“What if I’m a ghost?”

Things to think about when it comes to all the ancestors I have written about…

Tony's Domain

ghost hanging over bedThis was something that occurred to me some time in early 2014. My daughter was three years old at the time and was usually a good child when it came to going to bed although once in a while she would decide she wanted to stay up. Other times, it was not that she didn’t want to go to bed but rather she wanted some company for a bit while she fell asleep.

This particular night she asked me to stay with her while she nodded off and so I found myself sat on the bottom of her bed waiting for her to go to sleep. She then complained that the lamp, the only source of light in the room, was keeping her awake so I knocked it off and ended up sitting in the darkness. About three times I suspected she had finally gone to sleep but each time…

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