I am always thinking about stopping you know.
Why are we searching for our ancestors?
To link past generations to future generations…
At least this is what I have been doing since 2008, first on Nos ancêtres, a blog written in French, then this one you are reading right now.
I always reflect upon what I am doing here writing post after post after post on “dead” people.
Just linking past generations to present generations so they will in turn share what they know to future generations…
The problem is getting the right ancestors which is not always easy.
Are you sure?
Was André Mignier’s nickname really La gâchette?
Gilles Tremblay who has done extensive research thinks otherwise.
Pierre-André faisait donc partie de la « compagnie de Alexandre(Isaac) Berthier, Sieur de Bellechasse et de Villemur qui avait été détaché à bord du Brezé du régiment de Laillié », André comme tous les soldats Français portait un surnom, donné généralement par un des officiers de la compagnie, qui correspondait soit à un trait de caractère, une caractéristique physique, une manie, un défaut ou une qualité etc. qui caractérisait un soldat par rapport aux autres. Pierre-André semble être connu sous deux surnoms. Du côté de sa descendance américaine on lui attribue le surnom de La Gâchette (trigger). Cependant, rien ne permet de croire qu’il portait ce surnom. Du côté canadien, Pierre-André portait le surnom de l’agacé. Était-ce parce que tout le monde s’amusait à l’embêter ou est-ce qu’il se sentait embêter par tout le monde? Ceci restera certainement un secret. Or, ce surnom se retrouve sur une des cartes de Gédéon de Catalogne de 1709, qui montre la concession de la Rivière-Ouelle.
I had read his essay on André Mignier but never noticed that part until a distant cousin pointed out this week…
Collection the Tillman family
Little Ethel is the little baby girl on this picture.
Little Ethel is going to prove a point in all that I have been doing since 2009 on this blog. This is going to be quite long, but Jen can’t hardly wait.
Well I think she can’t…
And still trying to figure out who’s who?
After five years!
Trying to identify people on old pictures isn’t that easy even if I know this is my great-grandaunt Philomène Lagacé.
Libbie had six daughters: Philomène, Flavie, Agnes, Helen, Myra, and Marie Elmire. On that montage made in the late 1800s, I sure about three daughters: Helen, Myra, and Marie Elmire. But I just can’t positively identify Philomène, Flavie, Agnes.
Is that all important?
That’s the question I have been asking myself since I wrote my first post on this blog.
That could have been the title of this blog I created back in September 2009.
There are so many lost ancestors out there to be reunited with.
I have got little clues about this young man who might be related to Phoebe Alexandre.
Could he be her husband Charles Lestage?
Phoebe was a lost ancestor back in 2010 on a picture of sisters taken in the late 1890s in Bristol, Connecticut.
Little by little lost ancestors came to life on Our Ancestors.
First with Myra Alexandre.
Myra married William Archambault.
Myra’s and William’s descendants connected and shared a lot since they had a lot to share.
My new found third cousin has very little to share about what she knows on her great-grandmother Phoebe Alexandre seen here from Joe’s collection.
But that’s okay. People can’t share what they don’t have.
Maybe in five years from now someone related to Phoebe’s daughter Lucille will find my blog and start sharing…
Sweet Sixteen Lucille Lestage
This is part of my third cousin Joe’s collection of old pictures.
The woman in the middle is Philomène Lagacé, my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé’s sister.
Stanislas Lagacé (DennisLagasse)
Joe also had these pictures in his collection of old pictures.
I knew who she was.
He also had this one…
Ditto… Myra Alexandre.
This old picture comes from Robin who isn’t even related, but shared more than 100 old pictures.
This is how I found out who Phoebe was when I compared a picture sent in 2010 by Sandy, another third cousin…
Phoebe (Flavie) Alexandre and her sister Myra Alexandre
There is so much more to this story…
Everything is written on this blog created in September 2009 which now has 1001 posts.
I know I will reach 2000 in a few years down the road because there are so many more third cousins looking for lost ancestors out there on cyberspace.
Still active, but on my other blogs. I will only write from now on when someone wants to share old pictures or need my help with his or her ancestors.
Band of brothers
I don’t intend to reach a thousand posts just to reach that goal.
I never intended to write that much in the first place.
Guess I got carried away.