Car Story

Sometimes my research will take an unexpected turn on the road to your ancestors.
I am no car expert, but I know where to turn to for advice. This car is either a 1935 or 1936 Ford Sedan V-8.

Hi Pierre
Your car is probably a 1935 Ford. Some 1936 models were a copy of the 35. I base myself on the style of the ventilation slots on the side of the hood and on the little grille that we see. Another element: the bottom of the front wing. It was an extremely popular car, especially because of its V-8 engine.


Lionel had identified who was who and also had told his son Dennis where the photo was taken.

The farm Levi rented became the Bristol Central High School at 480 Wolcott St Bristol, CT 06010. My dad says they lived there until he was 5 or 6 years old, so that would be 1937 at the latest?

That picture was taken either in 1937 or a little earlier.
I had search for more information about the three children to find how old they were. Then something happened on Google when I typed in…

Dorothy Daly Diana Dube!/Obituary
But there was more unexpected turns on the road leading to your ancestors…
On Facebook!

To be continued…

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How to find your way on this blog?

Good luck!

You need all the help you can get to find your way around.

How Jon T. Lagasse can find his way is by looking at my private tree on Ancestry.

Even looking in there is quite mind-boggling.

What would be more mind-boggling is if I had only written in French about Jon’s ancestors on the French version of this blog Jon would have never found his ancestors.

Never in a million years…

Jon’s mother had posted a message on a genealogy forum in 2000, and then wrote a comment on this blog in December 2009. She never followed up on her comment though.

Tough luck…

I guess the time is right for Jon to get reunited with his ancestors don’t you think?


Comments on this blog gets me going.

I guess How I met your ancestors? was a great idea after all, and it will come back later this fall which is just around the corner.

Rosh, whose a prime commenter, had replied last week to one of my comments I made on her blog about one of her ancestors. I wanted to know if she was sure about what she was writing.

We made some educated probability guesses based on DNA, which led us down a completely different path than we had originally thought we were a part of.

We have made some guesses based on others in the tree who had documentation. We pieced together a story which my aunt told me. They knew of an old maid who was my dad’s great aunt………etc. etc. and from there we started doing searches of census records, baptismal records etc. and we think we’ve come up with the closest matches that we can get. I don’t have a record that says who William Wallace’s parents are, but we’ve been able to piece together information based on ancillary people and records.

Yes, ancestry’s hints are definitely not fool proof, but we’ve done the very best we could with what we had and put what we thought would be the best picture for research purposes. I’m repeating myself and blabbing.

I hope you can understand partly what I’m trying to say anyway.


Educated probability guesses are what I have used before as well as old pictures to finally figure out who’s who on that 1912 picture.

family picture of Dennis Lagassey and Amanda Menard with children

Can we move on please…

Most of the captions for the girls are correct on that old picture: Alice is Alice, Tony is Toni, Ida is Ida, Bertha is Bertha.

This picture was part of Alice Lagasse’s collection of old pictures.

Michael, who has found who was her birth grandmother after a long search, has shared this picture with me two weeks ago. So my educated guess is whoever wrote the captions knew that Alice in 1912 was Alice, Michael’s birth grandmother.

But Gert in the white dress can’t be Gert since Donna had already identified for us her grandmother Odna. She should know who her grandmother Odna don’t we?

four generations Amanda Odna Doris Donna

 Amanda Ménard (sitting), Odna, Donna and her mother Doris

Odna would then be Gert or Gertrude who married Francis Spielman.

Still mixed up? Don’t worry I am mixed up sometimes with your ancestors.

The captions for the boys were a little mixed up, but I don’t want to take too much of your time explaining all this part.

As far as “Mary” on the porch, next to Dennis Lagassey III, she’s not Mary but his wife Amanda Ménard.

I just saw some rolled eyes out there.

I will be back later this week and tell you more about Harry who I did not know was in the army….

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse

One more time around and we will quit?

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I am well aware that some readers might be fed up reading about this family picture taken around 1912 in East Bristol, Connecticut.

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Am I overdoing this?

Not a bit if you are one of Alice’s descendants and if you are looking for old pictures of Alice’s siblings and who’s who in the family tree.

original picture of the Lagasse family

Round one

This picture, which looks like more a photocopy, was sent in 2011 by Dennis, Levi Napoleon Lagasse’s grandson, and I had to make sense of the notes written on the side by his father Lionel who was Levi’s only son.

picture from Dennis 1


According to the Lionel’s guessing notes, Alice was the little girl on the left in front of her big sister. That note had led me to mix up most of the girls’ names since.

I knew at that time, thanks to this next picture, who were the boys and I knew that some notes were wrong except for Levi’s name and the people on the porch.

original picture of the Lagasse family


Round two

Then this picture was sent in 2013 by Donna, Odna Lagasse’s granddaughter…

Dennis Lagassey family


No caption, but Donna said the young lady in the white dress was her grandmother Odna. So I figured she ought to know who her Grandma was.

Round three…

This was added last week on Michael’s Facebook. Michael is one of Alice Lagasse’s descendants… Most captions are wrong, but…

family picture of Dennis Lagassey and Amanda Menard with children


Smile Alice… because we now know who you are and all your siblings!

One more time around and we will quit?

It this the final answer to the game Who’s who I have been playing since 2011?

Who's Who

Don’t place your bet right now because there is always a new old picture popping up on this blog.

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse aka Henri Lagacé

Blogging makes you lose weight!


This is a group picture of students I had back in 1991.

I was quite an impressive teacher with all that weight.

Underneath laid someone gentile as Koji commented yesterday.

You read the comments don’t you?

Pierre! OMG! Is that you with your students??? I didn’t know you were a teacher.

I’m sure they learned of sacrifices and bravery! And what did I do to deserve this?!?!

You are much too gentile, Monsieur…

Merci beaucoup! And you sure do know me!

That’s the fun part of this blog.

There is an anecdote to this picture posted on Facebook last week.

I got notified I was on a picture…



I read all of the comments on Facebook and I kept a low profile. Comments made were nice and not derogatory.

Then I dropped a few comments about my weight and my sense of humor (humour if you are English speaking).


No more commenting…

I believe some students never expected this, just like Koji receiving his award.

Teacher's Pet Awards


Second row on the right, the girl next to the boy with the Montreal Canadiens jersey…


I met her yesterday. She was with her kids and I was with my grandson in the same municipal park. She did not recognize me.

I told her…

You’re one of my students.

She looked at me… and I told her my name. She told her’s.

Then she remembered and said…

They don’t make teachers like you anymore.

OMG! Moi!