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 church 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

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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.

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…


Ron’s Labor Day

It’s Labor Day today. I hope you’re not working.

Ron’s search for who built la Maison Chaumont continues.

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

My ancestor’s son built this…

Ron had written me a comment.

Hi from Ron Roture dit Belisle (known today as Ron Depatie)

This reply comes from reading an old blog I found on your site dated March 18, 2008 THE HOUSE OF CHAUMONT STE ANNE DES PLAINES.

Just wanted to let you know that there is an old family from Saint-Anne-des-Plaines coming out of the closet for the first time in over a hundred years today…

In this article you speak of Toussaint Belisle as being the local custom contractor to have built this house. I would just like to add, for any one who might be interested in knowing, that Toussaint Belisle an entrepreneur had three other brothers also, Léon, Élie, Frederick Belisle seen named as entrepreneurs in the area of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines and Montreal. They were the sons of Jacques Belisle and Elmere Therrien of Ste Anne’s. Leon Belisle also known as Leon Despatie was my great-grand-father.

Thru your blog that I just read today, I found out something I never knew and that was Toussaint was a home builder in Ste Anne’s and it would be neat to know if his brothers helped him on this one.

Well that’s all from me for now. I thank you for taking the time to read this and hope it gave some information that might be helpful to others.

Thank you.
Ronnie Roture dit Belisle dit Depatie

After searching and searching, Ron and I think that another Toussaint, the son of George Bélisle and Olivine Bélisle, was the builder. He built also this house on Third Avenue…

Ron is with his uncle Paul


Ron has some expertise in old houses restoration and he noticed something quite interesting while examining la Maison Chaumont, the house on Third Avenue and also this one.

See you next Monday.

Ron’s back on track…

The Bélisle family of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines is on the map as well as on the Internet, just as much as the Lagasse family is.

I don’t know where I am heading with this, but anyway… full speed ahead.

1939 Chevy

Three Toussaint Bélisle could have built la Maison Chaumont.

Click for a larger version…

Toussaint Bélisle the First was born on May 19, 1857 in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. This Toussaint was the son of Joseph Bélisle and Josephte Chaumont. Josephte could also have Josette and even Christine as a given name.

This Toussaint married Vitaline Duquette in 1880. The name Toussaint Despaties was written in the marriage certificate. After Vitaline’s death, Toussaint married Alphonsine Lapointe in 1894. Toussaint Bélisle was written in marriage certificate. His mother’s name became Marie-Louise Chaumont…

In the 1891 Canadian census, we find that this Toussaint is a carpenter which should make him a serious candidate for the builder of Maison Chaumont.

Toussaint Bélisle the Second was born on October 30, 1858, also in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. According to his marriage certificate he is the son of Georges Bélisle and Olivine Bélisle dit Goyet. Georges is a farmer in the 1881 Canadian census as well as his son Toussaint…

Toussaint Bélisle the Third was born on October 31, 1858, one day after Toussaint the Second. His parents are Jacques Bélisle and Elmire Therrien.

This is Ron’s lineage.

A working man, Ron Depatie dit Roture dit Bélisle dit Rotureau

Jacques Bélisle lives in le Trait-Carré according to the 1881 Canadian census. He is a laborer just like his son Toussaint.

Of our three Toussaint, only one seems, for the time being, to have the necessary skills to build the house  of Joseph Chaumont… except that… whether we are talking house building or genealogy, we should never that anything for granted.

We will try to get to the bottom of this on Labor Day.

Ron will be back next week…

I did not have time to write the follow-up article about Ron’s ancestor’s in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.

My article was first written in French for my blog Nos ancêtres, and I need to translate it in English.

I promise to do it by next Wednesday.

So if you can read French, here is my article.

Bon mercredi.

On va parler de la famille Bélisle de Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Je ne sais pas où tout ça va m’amener, mais je fonce…

En premier, je vais commencer par vous parler de Réal Bélisle.

Réal Bélisle n’a probablement « pas rap » dans toute cette histoire de la famille Bélisle sauf que…

Réal était un de mes élèves dans ma classe de 6e année à l’école Saint-François dans les années 80. Réal était un élève charmant quoiqu’il pouvait se mettre dans le trouble à l’occasion.Rien de majeur, rassurez-vous. En fait, je ne me rappelle de rien en particulier.

Je croise Réal à l’occasion.

Trois fois depuis trente ans, mais chaque fois, c’est une belle rencontre. La première fois, je l’ai surpris en l’appelant par son nom. Il n’en croyait pas ses oreilles.

J’aime ça surprendre mes anciens élèves en leur montrant que je me rappelle d’eux.

Je ne me souviens pas du nom des parents de Réal par contre, donc je ne peux donc retrouver ses ancêtres et le relier avec certitude à toute cette histoire.

Réal est sûrement relié à tous ces Toussaint Bélisle que nous avons dans notre mire.

Pour en revenir à notre histoire, on a bel et bien affaire à trois Toussaint Bélisle.

Le premier Toussaint est né le 19 mai 1857 à Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Ce Toussaint est le fils de Joseph Bélisle et de Josephte Chaumont. Josephte serait aussi appelé Josette et même Christine.

Toussaint s’est marié avec Vitaline Duquette en 1880. On indique le nom de Toussaint Despaties dans l’acte de mariage. Toussaint se remarie avec Alphonsine Lapointe en 1894. On indique le nom de Toussaint Bélisle dans cet acte de mariage. Sa mère devient quant à elle Marie-Louise Chaumont…

Dans le recensement de 1891, on indique que ce Toussaint est charpentier ce qui en fait un candidat sérieux pour être le constructeur de la Maison Chaumont.

Le deuxième Toussaint lui est né le 30 octobre 1858 à Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Selon l’acte de mariage, il est le fils de Georges Bélisle et d’Olivine Bélisle dit Goyet. Georges est cultivateur dans le recensement de 1881 et son fils Toussaint itou…

Le troisième Toussaint Bélisle est né le 31 octobre 1858 soit une journée après le 2e Toussaint. Ses parents sont Jacques Bélisle et Elmire Therrien.

Ça c’est la lignée de Ron Depatie.

Ron Depatie dit Roture dit Bélisle dit Rotureau

Jacques Bélisle vit dans le haut du Trait-Carré selon le recensement de 1881. Il est journalier tout comme son fils Toussaint.

Cette famille est voisine de Pierre Chartrand et Rachel Ouimet, les ancêtres de Cécile Guénette qui habite dans le bas du Trait-Carré.

De nos trois Toussaint, un seul semble, à présent, posséder les compétences nécessaires pour ériger la maison de Joseph Chaumont… sauf que… autant en construction qu’en généalogie, il ne faut jamais prendre rien pour acquis.

On démêle tout ça à la fête du Travail.

Meet Ron Rotureau

I have met so many wonderful people since 2007.

I would like you to meet a very dear friend a mine…

Bert and Ernie…

His name is Ron Depatie.

I had never met the guy before last Saturday. We had only exchanged a lot of e-mails in the last two weeks or so.

If you are confused about all this, then you have to read the first articles where I introduced Ron Depatie to the cyberworld.

Click here for the first article.

Click here for the second article.

This is a picture of Ron Depatie.

He sent it to me two weeks ago.

Have bulldozer, will travel…

Ron Depatie seemed to be a very nice guy at the time, and I never argue with a guy driving a bulldozer.

Ron moves earth around for a business.

However I think this guy has been also digging a lot to find his own roots just like I did back in 2007.

Ron has been at it since 2003.

You see Ron had found out that his ancestors had lived in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines back in the 1880s precisely when this house was built and still exists now.

Maison Chaumont built in 1884

Ron Depatie had written to me because he thought that one of his ancestors had built the Chaumont house. Mind you Ron does not brag about it. It only makes him proud.

So what’s that all about?

At first, Ron and I thought there were only two Toussaints in the picture…

Dead wrong!

There’s a third one and this one is probably the real builder of the house.

Well sort of because all of this is just presumption as they say in genealogy, and also is a question of terminology.

See you next Wednesday with…

Will the real Toussaint Bélisle finally stand up?

Meantime, if you need some little landscaping done around the house, here’s Ron’s business card.

La crème de la crème… in landscaping

Just say Pierre Lagacé sent you.

Now if you are asking yourself… Why is he calling that guy Ron Rotureau?

That’s a good question… and you’ll get the answer along the way.