Time Machine


Dating an old picture is an obsession.

group picture of Helene Lagasse and the Roy family

Even more when dating a picture with a caption written on the back without a date.

group picture of Helene Lagasse and the Roy family identification

What are the clues mes amis?

If the  caption  is right, Helene Roy married a Lagasse. Leda Roy married an Arsenault. In the back Rosa Roy married a Lemieux, Mary Roy married an Émond, Ida Roy married a Bélanger, Derilda Roy married a Fournier, Sarah Roy ?, and Annie Roy married a Ducharme.

What about  Sarah Roy?

Clement Roy

Courtesy Kathy Jordan

Is there more to a caption written on the back of an old picture taken before 1920?

Hercule Poirot

If the caption is right bien sûr.

The old man

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Le vieil homme?
Well, he could  be anyone.

Finding who’s who on picture is an obsession that started in July 2006.

I think le vieil homme is François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank  Lagasse). He is the prime suspect since his three sons (Fred, Edward and William) are there with his daughter-in-law Aurore which is also his grandniece, the daughter  of  his nephew Antoine Lagacé (Anthony Lagasse).

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909


It’s also complicated  to me.

Frank’s  daughter  Cora  Mamie I believe  is also  there smiling  at us since 1925.

But which one is it?

Cora Lagasse Ernie Maynard and wife Amy Gibson

Cora on the left, with her husband Albert J. Maynard

For now I am leaning towards this woman…

Cora Mamie Lagasse

To be continued  after  my other  case.

group picture of Helene Lagasse and the Roy family

Clément Roy’s and Démérise Gagnon’s family

Written in 2012


I know this is hard to believe, but this was written in 2012.

Please bear with me.



I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.


Frank Archambeault once had wrote me in an e-mail that he was living not far away from Plainville. So when I planned my visit to Joe’s place three weeks ago, I wrote Frank about it.

I figured Frank would be excited by the fact of meeting his two virtual 3rd cousins addicted to genealogy.

So here we are last Saturday morning sitting down at Liberty Diner for breakfast with our wives when Frank shows up by the door.

From that moment on, Frank could not keep from talking and talking, and excusing himself for talking too much.

Being this crazy Canuck who has been writing like crazy since 2009 about genealogy and who tries to find other people’s ancestors down in Connecticut, I could well understand all this excitement and I showed Frank a lot of empathy.

Try to imagine poor Frank cramming in 100 years or so of his ancestors’ stories and anecdotes over two eggs over easy. This was by no means a piece of cake.

So Frank kept talking and talking, drinking cup after cup of coffee… which I think did not help a wee bit…

After Frank ate his breakfast, which was most probably cold by now, all three third cousins proceeded to Joe’s place with our wives deciding instead to go shopping.


When we arrived and sat in the dinning room, Frank pulled a kitchen note out of his hat… a newspaper clipping.

It was something related to this picture, his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

Robin? Robin Who?
She’s not even a blood relative…


Little did Frank know that he had pulled more than one kitchen’s note out of his hat.

In his kitchen’s notes, Frank had the newspaper clipping of the wedding. We had the name of the bridesmaid, which I knew of course, thanks to Robin, and also the name of the best man who was still unknown.

Frank Lagassi!

William Archambeault’s best man was his nephew Frank Lagasse Junior who was his sister’s son.

Frank Lagasse Junior, born in 1883, was the son of Sophie Archambeault and Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé).

You should know Sophie Archambeault by now.


Do you remember this unidentified couple from the tintype pictures Frank had sent me?

– Sophie, I am bit confused…

What about this montage?


François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank Lagasse Senior) died on January 1st, 1937, and he could well be here on this picture with two of his other sons: Edward and William.

I would go out on a limb and say that the little boy is the grandson of Frank Lagasse Senior. Alfred Lagasse was the son of Frederick Lagasse, another son of Frank Lagasse Senior.

Alfred was born around 1922 and he could be with his mother Aurore.

Frederick or Fred could be here on this other picture holding his son Alfred and having a cigar!

If I am correct, Sophie Archambeault could also be on that picture as one of the three old ladies in the back…

Finally, if I did not make a complete fool of myself, this picture could have been taken at Lake Compounce around 1927 since all these people were living around Bristol at that time.

Still confused?

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

I hope this will help.

I wonder if Frank is reading this having his morning cup of coffee?



Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

I was wrong on Lake Compounce around 1927.

Thank you for sharing

Dennis Lagasse II

Collection Lionel Lagasse via Dennis Lagasse IV  

This is just one of the many pictures Dennis has shared. He has shared more than 100 old pictures, and each one has its own story to tell.

Dennis III and his five sons

I know Dennis is enjoying the blog as well as those who write comments once and awhile. You don’t  have  to  comment every time  I  post  something.

Sharing  is what fuels Our Ancestors.

I had written about the A-Team who are all the people who  have shared so much since 2009.

The A-Team

I like to add a touch of humour to Our Ancestors.


Genealogy is a serious business. People make a lot of money. I don’t.

I  never cut corners and make you believe things like who was Hector Philias Lamothe in old pictures.


This  week  I posted  this  beautiful  picture. A lovely pregnant wife with her nice  looking husband.

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909

At first I believed  the man  was young Dennis Lagasse II with his pregnant wife Henriette Alexandre. Maybe I thought my grandfather Leo was also on this picture.

But I was wrong.

Dennis II and Dennis II 1916

The time frame was all wrong. It could not be winter 1887 in Notre-Dame-des-Anges in Quebec. The only possible couple was his first son Antoine (Anthony) and Délia Bertrand whom I first met on a visit to St. Thomas Cemetery  in 2011 with 3rd cousin Joe.

Anthony Lagassse

I had written about that visit to St. Thomas Cemetery where Anthony rests in peace since 1934 surrounded  by two of his children Aurore and Joseph.

Aurore Lagase

I had also written about Joseph in 2012.

Joseph Lagasse August 16, 1968

And about his brother William…

It’s  a  long way  to  Tipperary…


Tip of the iceberg

My blog Our Ancestors is just the tip of the iceberg when you know that I have more than 36,000 files on Ancestry and close to 6000 pictures of all kind.

My family tree is like a big jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces seem to fit in well, then when I look at them another time, they don’t.

So I make hypotheses to identify people on pictures without captions

men with straw hats 2

Case in point…

You all know the Odna case.

Odna & Frank 1913

Odna Lagasse and Frank Ritchie

Later in life…

Odna and Frank 1941

Odna and Frank

Frank Ritchie can’t be who I first thought he was on these pictures.

man with car

I first thought this was Frank Ritchie, Odna’s husband.

We see this man several times in pictures shared by readers.

Ida Lagasse and sisters

Frank Ritchie - Hector Lamothe - Levi Napoleon Lagasse - ? - ? - Ida and Odna Lagasse

Then I looked more closely at this picture, and I saw the light.

Hector Philias Lamothe, Ida Lagasse’s husband!

Levi -  ? Dubé - Hector Lamothe and Ida Lagasse

Levi Napoleon Lagasse, mystery woman, Hector Lamothe and his wife Ida Lagasse

Child- Odna - Frank - Ida - ? - ? - Levi Napoleon - Dubé? - Hector Lamothe

Here we have little Helen Ritchie with her mother Odna Lagasse Ritchie, then Hector Lamothe, his wife Ida Lagasse Lamothe, two mystery ladies, Levi Napoleon Lagasse, God knows who she is, and also no idea who he is but not what I think he was…

East Bristol 1915

Hector is again on this picture.

Levi - ? - Frank Ritchie - ? - Hector Lamothe

Brothers-in-law and cousins?

Puzzling isn’t?

One final note…