This Blog Is So… Confusing!

This is post 1255.

I started writing this post last December realizing that searching for someone’s roots can be quite confusing at time as well as reading my blog.

A case in point…

Take given names for instance.

Stanislas Lagacé was born in 1816. His son Stanislas, born in 1842, changed his given name to Dennis when he emigrated to the U.S. His son Dennis, born in 1864, had a son named Levi Napoleon who named his son Lionel who named his son Dennis.

So you have Stanislas I, Stanislas (Dennis) II, Dennis III, and great-grandson Dennis IV.


The spelling of Lagacé is almost endless!

Minier dit L’Agacé

Mignier dit L’Agacé

Lagacé dit Mignier

Lagacé dit Meunier

Meunier dit Lagacé


Miller (English for meunier)










So what’s all this got to do with looking for lost ancestors? You have brick walls, dead ends like this headstone of a Joseph M. Lagasse and an Edwina M. Newcity…

Joseph Lagasse and Edwina Newcity

I found this headstone on the Internet while searching for Joseph, one of my great-grandfather Stanislas II (Dennis) Lagacé’s siblings.

This file is Joseph’s father’s file.

file Stanislas Lagacé

You see Joseph Lagasse 1848 – on the right with all his siblings.

Stanislas Lagacé was born 16 February, 1816. He married Onésime Cadieux in 1840. His brother was Pierre Lagacé born in 1825. Both have lots of descendants who have not the faintest idea of their French-Canadian roots except my distant cousin Alyce.

In 2007, I knew nothing about those people who had Stanislas as a given name. I was working instead on the presumption that I was somehow related to that Pierre Lagacé born in 1825. So I started looking for his descendants in the hope of linking my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior to him.


What I got in 2010 was a message from Alyce .


This thread will be continued when I get my 23andMe reports…

descendants of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David

Next time…

Revisiting St. Thomas cemetery in Bristol, Connecticut.