Megaman, Faxanadu, and old pictures

Getting addicted to video games is easy. You just have to defeat the final boss like in Megaman II.

Or in  Faxanadu…

I have done so a few years back when my children were old enough to get addicted to video games. 

In 2007 I almost stopped playing getting instead addicted to old pictures and writing blogs. First one was Nos ancêtres, then its spin-off Our Ancestors, then another one and another one about World War Two, and the list went on and on, enough to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records I guess. 

Enough to scare people away I guess also. If you have been following me from the start you know how addictive writing Our Ancestors can be. 

I understand also when people stop following or are not interested anymore. 

C’est la vie…

Looking for Olsime Lagasse?

Search no more because Olsime, or Alcime, or Onésime is my 5th cousin twice removed.

It was not easy to find him in my private family tree on Ancestry. In fact he was not there at all except for his ancestors Basile Mignier dit Lagacé and Catherine Dubé.

I just had to find him after I got a request on Ancestry this morning.

Hi Pierre,

My grandmother was the daughter of Olsime Lagasse. Olsime’s parents appear to have been Julien Wilfred Lagasse and Clarisse Lagasse. I’ve noticed you have a Julien Lagasse in your family tree. Perhaps it’s the same one? I’m trying to figure out how Olsime’s wife had the same last name as him, I can not find a different last name on her and I haven’t been able to find any information past Julien and Clarisse. If we do in fact have a relative connection would you mind sharing pictures and information you have, please?

I just can’t resist such a request…

Happy Birthday Dennis

Found  on a Facebook page

Focus: French regiment, Carignan-Salières Regiment defended and fortified New France. There 1,200 soldiers overwhelmed the 3,000 residents of New France in 1665.


IMAGE – Illustration ‘Unibroue’ régiment de Carignan-Salières by Charles Vinh

The Carignan-Salières Regiment (1665-1669)

The Carignan-Salières Regiment was the only one to be deployed in full to Canada during the French Regime. To establish a sustainable presence in the colony, the colonial authorities provided a variety of incentives, such as distributing seigneuries to officers in the regiment or marrying soldiers off to the Filles du roi to persuade them to settle in the colony at the end of their service. Of the 1,300 soldiers and officers from the regiment sent to New France, more than 400 settled permanently in the North American territory.

The Carignan-Salières Regiment arrived in New France in 1665, 57 years after Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608.


In view of the fact that there were only 3,200 people of French ancestry in Canada, of whom about 500 lived in or near the town of Quebec, it is easy to guess the emotions raised in that little colony by the announcement that such a large force was arriving. There was enough commotion just trying to find lodgings for all 1,200 soldiers and 80 officers! It was not long before the troops were deployed. By the end of August, eight companies had been sent to build strongholds all along the Richelieu. These became the forts of Sorel, Chambly, Saint-Jean, Sainte-Thérèse and Sainte-Anne. The four companies from the West Indies were attached to the Carignan-Salières Regiment but not incorporated into it, retaining their identification with their respective regiments.

The presence of so many troops radically altered the colony’s military position, which had previously been so precarious. At last the towns could be defended by suitable garrisons, and forts built to block the Richelieu, the traditional path of the Iroquois. Enthusiasm was such that numerous Canadians volunteered to provide support to the Carignan-Salières Regiment. In just a few weeks, the small French colony, which had been huddling defensively for a quarter of a century, changed its outlook from that of besieged to that of aggressor. A new tactic of attacking the Iroquois in their own villages emerged.