How I came to know about Blanche and her long search for her ancestors…?

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…

dossier militaire Azarias Gendron

From then on, the more I found about Blanche’s ancestors, more and more questions were left unanswered.

To be continued.

A sad yet beautiful story – an orphan in 1917



October  27th, 1915, a little baby girl was born. Her name was Marie Ernestine Blanche Gendron. Her name is still Marie Ernestine Blanche because Blanche was celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.


How I came to know about Blanche and her long search for her ancestors is a sad yet beautiful story thanks to Lise Andrée, her daughter-in-law.

A Métis Family in the Pays d’en Haut

Pierre Lagacé:

Worth sharing

Originally posted on Voyageur Heritage • • • Community Journal & Resource Guide:

by James LaForest

Genealogical Chart for Gautier dit Saguingoura/Capie8k8e Family

What did it mean to be Métis in the Great Lakes Region, historically? What form did historical métissage (the intermarriage and cultural mixing of First Nations/Native Americans, French and French Canadian, and Métis people) take? What impact did British and American (Yankee) military and economic dominance have on mixed-race individuals, families, and communities in the Detroit River region after the French era and as the fur trade diminished? What impact did Métis culture prior to the mid-20th century have on individuals who were members of Great Lakes fur trade families – people who were Métis or part of the kinship networks of Métis families which could be found originally in population centers such as St. Ignace, Green Bay, Kaskaskia, and Detroit? How did a multigenerational Great Lakes Métis culture pre-dating the Red River Métis survive into modern times?

Until recently questions such as these would have been…

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Dowsett’s War, Part 2

Pierre Lagacé:

Part 2…

Originally posted on The Rant Foundry:

Once I had the tip from my mother that my great-grandfather may have served in the Boer War, I went hunting for any records.  Sadly, I found no record of him in any of the records at either the National Archives or the War Memorial.  There were, however, other items at the Memorial that related to other Dowsetts, a handful from both of the World Wars.  It didn’t surprise me that there were others, but there were two Dowsetts that both saw active service at Gallipoli so I kept looking around.  There was an Arthur (Jack) Dowsett from a relative’s Ancestry tree that I had seen, and now I had come up with a citation for Jack Dowsett at the Memorial and war records for a J A Dowsett at the Archives.

After sifting through the records for his enlistment details and any family information, comparing data from a few…

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Dowsett’s War – Part 1

Pierre Lagacé:

Fascinating research

Originally posted on The Rant Foundry:

A couple of years ago while watching the late news one evening I caught the TV spot for’s free trial membership. Having had more than just a passing interest in my genealogy and heredity since doing a high-school research project on my family tree, I decided to sign up and look into it.  Little did I know an amazing journey into my family history was awaiting me.Ancestry com

In my mid twenties I had spent considerable time reading about the history of my Scottish ancestry through my father’s side. I knew that my paternal grandfather Robert Hay along with his siblings had come from the Portobello area of Edinburgh and had migrated to Australia with their father in 1926. I also knew that my maternal grandfather Roy Dowsett and his brother Doug had served for Australia in World War II.  Beyond that, I knew nothing substantive about either side of…

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