I Know Someone Who Is Going to Be Very Happy… Redux

This is what I wrote in 2011. You will understand how I came to know Paul and his brother Albert.

I did not have much to write about on this blog since I wrote about my good friend Ron Depatie  down in Ontario.

Well until this afternoon when someone wrote a comment…

Dear Mr. Lagacé,

My name is Paul Dauphin and I live in North Carolina.  I very much enjoy receiving and reading your blogs every day.  

My mother (Florence Charbonneau) was from Ste-Anne des Plaines.  Her father was Arthur Charbonneau and her mother was Alice Leclerc. 

Arthur’s father was Ovide Charbonneau (I enjoyed the hockey connection in one of your blogs).  She had two brothers: Remi and Flavien.  Flavien was a priest.  She also had a sister – Anita.  All are interred in Ste-Anne des Plaines, except my mother.  She is interred in St. Johnsbury, Vermont where I was born.

Ovide was married to Onezime Vezeau and their children were: Arthur (my grandfather), Joseph, Anna, Henri, and Rev. P. Albert.  

All this is to introduce myself and put into context why I am so interested in your blogs.  I will be visiting Ste-Anne this July around the 12th to the 14th.  My wife and brother and I will be going to the cemetery to pay our respects to my aunts and uncles as well as the ancestors that haven’t met.  I am also trying to get in touch with some of my relatives who I haven’t seen in over 30 years.

I would very much like to meet you if that is possible.  I have many photographs in which you might be interested in for your research.  I have two photographs of old houses in Ste-Anne – one is the house of Ovide Charbonneau and the other is of the house of François Charbonneau.

I have many other old photos of  people in Ste-Anne that I would gladly share.
I have pictures of Laure Estelle and Sylvio Léveillé, who are related and may be related to you? Also of Gerard and Rita Alari.  Rita and Laure Estell are Charbonneaus.

In any case I would love to sit and chat with you and buy you the beverage of your choice.

At this time I have booked rooms at the Hotel Best Western Plus St. Jerome.  If you have a better suggestion closer to Ste-Anne it would be greatly appreciated.  

I hope that you don’t mind that I wrote to you in English (much easier for me) but I can try to write you in French if you prefer.  I read and speak French moderately well.  

Hoping to hear from you,


I know some guy in Ontario with roots in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines who is going to be very happy to read my articles once more… and meet a 6th cousin.

Paul is coming home…

Paul wrote me this morning.

All systems are go.

I even gave him an alternate route to drive to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

There is a lot of road construction in Quebec.

The most direct route would be using Mercier bridge.

But that’s a big NO NO…

There is only one lane open.

Click here for more information on the Mercier bridge.

You see there has been a lack of maintenance on Quebec roads and bridges for about 20 years or so.

It took the death of some innocent motorists crushed under an overpass to serve as a wake-up call.

Too many people to blame so nobody got the blame.

That’s a shame…

Click here to learn more about the overpass collapse.

Anyway Paul is going to come here by Autoroute 30 and crossing the St. Lawrence using  the Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel.

That tunnel is due for refection in 2014 so everything should be fine.

I have invited Paul, his wife and his brother for lunch after their trip from Burlington, Vermont.

They will probably go by Winooski, Vermont.

That’s the place Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse was in 1880. He was working in a lumber yard.

This information does not seem to be much of interest until you find out that I knew nothing about Stanislas’ son Leo Senior born June 5, 1888.

Now I know everything about my Lagacé ancestors.

As I said, Paul will bring his wife and his brother along to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and have lunch at my place.

He does not know it yet but he will also bring all these people along…

Meet Paul’s Great-great-grandparents

I don’t know if Paul Dauphin had this picture of his maternal ancestors.

This picture was one of almost a thousand pictures scanned from the city hall’s archives. It belongs to Ginette Leclair who is related to the Leclair family.

This particular picture is part of Rosario Gauthier’s collection, one of best renown genealogists in Quebec. Rosario died in 2008 and was interred in Ste-Anne’s cemetery,

Rosario Gauthier would visit people in his hometown of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and would give them pictures of their ancestors. This is how we are now able to share this picture of Paul’s great-great-grandparents.

We owe Rosario a lot. He had more than 200 pictures in his collection and many people here in Sainte-Anne still have them.

I had seen the Lacasse-Charbonneau picture, but it was not that interesting… until two days ago when Paul Dauphin from North Carolina wrote a comment on this blog.

This is a beautiful story which is only beginning as Paul will discover when he visits us in July. Just like Ron Depatie and Doris Chaumont, he will be amazed at what he will see and find out about his roots.


Stay tuned for more…

Next time, I will show you two pictures Paul sent me and wants to share with you.


A Walk in Ste-Anne’s Cemetery…

Back in 2009, I went for a walk in Ste-Anne’s cemetery.

I took my camera along.


I don’t believe Jacques Bélisle’s grave is still there.

Once it stops raining, I will go for another walk…


This is what Wikipedia says about dopamine…

Dopamine is a catecholamine neurotransmitter present in a wide variety of animals, including both vertebrates and invertebrates. In the brain, this substituted phenethylamine functions as a neurotransmitter, activating the five known types of dopamine receptors—D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5—and their variants. Dopamine is produced in several areas of the brain, including the substantia nigra and the ventral tegmental area.[1] Dopamine is also a neurohormone released by the hypothalamus. Its main function as a hormone is to inhibit the release of prolactin from the anterior lobe of the pituitary.

Pretty heavy stuff…

In layman’s terms… dopamine is possibly playing a role in pleasure seeking.

Anyway, Ron sent me this yesterday.

He was wondering where Jacques Bélisle, his great-grandfather was buried.

J. E. Dugas is this priest…

He presided the funeral.

This is J. E. Dugas’ biography…, but it’s in French.

He was Ste-Anne’s priest from 1884 to 1907. He was the one responsible for building Ste-Anne church one of the most beautiful churches in Quebec.

Jacques Bélisle was buried in the cemetery behind the church…

Joseph Euclide Dugas was this man’s brother.

Georges Dugas knew Louis Riel. He was near him when he was hanged.

Georges Dugas (1833-1928)

Clergyman, author.

He wrote Western Canadian history from the French Canadian point of view. His works were sometimes in opposition to the Anglo-Canadian point of view put forward by George Bryce and others. He was born in Lower Canada, at St. Jacques de l’Achigan and studied at L’Assomption College. He was ordained in 1862, coming to Red River as a missionary in 1866. He was, therefore, a witness to and an actor in the resistance of Louis Riel. He wrote the history of the events of 1869-70 from the Metis point of view. His attitude toward the aboriginal people of the prairies was not complementary. In a Transaction that he wrote for the Manitoba Historical Society in 1901, he refers to them as people who “must be ruled by fear just as we tame wild animals by exerting that power.” Georges Dugas’ younger brother Francois was also a priest and came to St. Boniface in 1889 where he served as Vicar General and cure of the Cathedral. George Dugas remained in Manitoba until 1888, when he returned to Quebec to Ste. Anne des Plaines.

He is commemorated by Rue Dugas in Winnipeg.

Further reading:

    Dugas, G., Mgr. Provencher et les missions de la riviere Rouge, 1889.

    Dugas, G. L’Ouest canadien, 1896.

    Dugas, G., L’Histoire de l’Ouest canadien de 1822 a 1869. 1906.

Profile revised: 3 August 2008

Want to learn more about Ron?

Click here.

Next time, we go for a walk…

I just can’t wait.

Hi Ron… I’m back

I have decided to ease up a little on the French version of this blog about genealogy. I have written close to 950 articles since January 2008.

That’s a lot!

Last week I learned why I wrote so many.

It’s all about dopamine.

Click here to view a video telling the effect of texting and its probable cause.

The title is Are We Digital Dummies?

The rush you get when you go looking for your ancestors is probably related to dopamine just like when you’re texting your friends on your Blackberry. You just can’t stop.

Call it addiction…

Anyway, my friend Ron sent me this burial act dated 1892!

He wants to come to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines to find Jacques Bélisle’s grave.

I always thought Jacques Bélisle was buried in Montreal.

Guess what?

Ron sent me that burial act, but since he can’t read French well enough, he could not figure out what it said.

Well I can.

I know Ron reads my English version of my blog about genealogy so I know, dopamine or not, that he will be back tomorrow to learn where Jacques Bélisle was buried.

See you tomorrow.

The long and winding road of Ron…

Ron Depatie was desperately searching for who had built la Maison Chaumont.

Ron thought Toussaint, the son of his ancestor Jacques Bélisle, had built la Maison Chaumont.

Nice job…

After Ron and I teamed up in our research, we believe that another Toussaint, the son of George Bélisle and Olivine Bélisle, built la Maison Chaumont. This Toussaint also built this house on 3rd Avenue…

Nice brick job… 

Ron who has some expertise in old houses renovation noticed something quite interesting.

The brick job was done by the same person.

Ron had to travel a long and winding road to find his roots, and he is still looking because when you start looking for your ancestors, they are everywhere.

All roads lead to Ron…

All roads lead to Ron…

Ron lives in Midhurst, Ontario.

Midhurst is not a stone throw away from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

But Ron had to come to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines to see where his ancestor Jacques Bélisle had lived back in the 1800s and he brought some family members along with him…

Ron gives a tour…







Ron had brought his father Leo along and Leo brought his 39 Chevy truck.

Nice truck…

Ron is knee-deep in genealogy. He’s been digging for seven years.

Ron found his Holy Grail when he visited me.

Two men obsessed with their roots talking about their ancestors while family members were listening and trying to follow what was being said.

Ron’s ancestors go back to Belle-Isle-en-Mer in Brittany.

I found some old postcards on the Internet…

I’m sure Ron will one day visit Belle-Isle-en-Mer.

His father Leo won’t be able to go there with his 39 Chevy truck though…

Just watch me…