Just use the search button…

You’ve got to be curious to read this blog, and use the search button like Joe did last week… This is just an example of what I have been doing on my blog since 2009.

It’s all about old pictures.

These twelve pictures were shared by Frank Archambault in 2012 when he got all excited with his ancestors.

Twelve tintype pictures.

More if you count this one.

All the pictures were related to his great-grandfather Jean-Baptiste Archambault who we see here in front of his house. This is not a tintype picture of course.

Jean-Baptiste’s wife Emélie Mercier is on the left. On the right is probably one of his daughters and a grandchild. I just can’t get enough of old pictures especially when I can’t identify who is on them.

This is Jean-Baptiste again.

Proud and keeping still. He went by the name John Shambo.

Jean-Baptiste Archambeault

Jean-Baptiste Archambault aka John Shambo

Emilie Mercier

Émilie Mercier aka Emily Mercer

There is always a story behind each picture even if it is reversed for unknown reasons.

This next woman I am sure is Mary Archambault, daughter of Émilie Mercier and Jean-Baptiste Archambault.

Mary Archambault

Everyone related to her can enjoy this beautiful picture of a beautiful young lady. Mary Archambault would marry her daughter Ida Ashley later in life…

Mary Archambeault at wedding of her daughter Ida Ashey

Her brother William married Myra Alexandre in 1902.

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault

I think he is the little boy on the left on the top row and also on the left in the middle row.

So when all this search is going to stop?

Probably not in the nearest future.

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Genealogical Expedition Redux

I went to another genealogical expedition this week down in Connecticut. I will have more information and stories to share. To get you in the mood, this is what I had collected last year when I visited my third cousin Joe.

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I went to see my third cousin Joe last week after my wife and I went to Vermont to visit the Shelburne Museum.

While I was at his place, Joe and I scanned all the old pictures he had, and he had some very interesting pictures.

You saw the cabinet cards yesterday didn’t you?

Joe had more to show me…

Tintype photographs!

One person was easily identified: John B. Alexander II who fathered 18 children.

But this next one should have been easy. 

He is Joe’s grandfather who I am sure Joe had not recognized.

I did when I came back home to look more closely at the tintype pictures!

Next time we pay homage to Joe’s grandfather.

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Frank’s Kitchen Notes

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

Anyway…

Frank Archambeault once had wrote me in an e-mail that he was living not far away from Plainville. So when I planned my visit to Joe’s place three weeks ago, I wrote Frank about it. 

I figured Frank would be excited by the fact of meeting his two virtual 3rd cousins addicted to genealogy.

So here we are last Saturday morning sitting down at Liberty Diner for breakfast with our wives when Frank shows up by the door.

From that moment on, Frank could not keep from talking and talking, and excusing himself for talking too much.

Being this crazy Canuck who has been writing like crazy since 2009 about genealogy and who tries to find other people’s ancestors down in Connecticut, I could well understand all this excitement and I showed Frank a lot of empathy.

Try to imagine poor Frank cramming in 100 years or so of his ancestors’ stories and anecdotes over two eggs over easy. This was by no means a piece of cake.

So Frank kept talking and talking, drinking cup after cup of coffee… which I think did not help a wee bit…

After Frank ate his breakfast, which was most probably cold by now, all three third cousins proceeded to Joe’s place with our wives deciding instead to go shopping.

Anyway…

When we arrived and sat in the dinning room, Frank pulled a kitchen note out of his hat… a newspaper clipping.

It was something related to this picture, his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

Robin? Robin Who?
She’s not even a blood relative…

Anyway…

Little did Frank know that he had pulled more than one kitchen’s note out of his hat.

In his kitchen’s notes, Frank had the newspaper clipping of the wedding. We had the name of the bridesmaid, which I knew of course, thanks to Robin, and also the name of the best man who was still unknown.

Frank Lagassi!

William Archambeault’s best man was his nephew Frank Lagasse Junior who was his sister’s son.

Frank Lagasse Junior, born in 1883, was the son of Sophie Archambeault and Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé). 

You should know Sophie Archambeault by now.

Confused?

Do you remember this unidentified couple from the tintype pictures Frank had sent me?

– Sophie, I am bit confused…

What about this montage?

Anyway…

François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank Lagasse Senior) died on January 1st, 1937, and he could well be here on this picture with two of his other sons: Edward and William.

I would go out on a limb and say that the little boy is the grandson of Frank Lagasse Senior. Alfred Lagasse was the son of Frederick Lagasse, another son of Frank Lagasse Senior.

Alfred was born around 1922 and he could be with his mother Aurore.

Frederick or Fred could be here on this other picture holding his son Alfred and having a cigar!

If I am correct, Sophie Archambeault could also be on that picture as one of the three old ladies in the back…

Finally, if I did not make a complete fool of myself, this picture could have been taken at Lake Compounce around 1927 since all these people were living around Bristol at that time.

Still confused?

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

I hope this will help.

I wonder if Frank is reading this having his morning cup of coffee?

Genealogical Expedition

I went to see my third cousin Joe last week after my wife and I went to Vermont to visit the Shelburne Museum.

While I was at his place, Joe and I scanned all the old pictures he had, and he had some very interesting pictures.

You saw the cabinet cards yesterday didn’t you?

Joe had more to show me…

Tintype photographs!

One person was easily identified: John B. Alexander II who fathered 18 children.

But this next one should have been easy. 

He is Joe’s grandfather who I am sure Joe had not recognized.

I did when I came back home to look more closely at the tintype pictures!

Next time we pay homage to Joe’s grandfather.

I am still wondering…

I am still wondering if this is Sophie Archambeault and the man beside her is her husband Frank Lagasse (1858-1937), another descendant of Stanislas Lagacé I (1816-1900) whom we still don’t  have a picture of.

I have his dead certificate though, but that’s not enough.

Frank is the brother of Stanislas Lagacé II (Dennis Lagasse II, 1842-1927) seen here on another picture Dennis IV sent me last month.

The mustache is a dead giveaway.

There is another mustache I want to show you.

I wonder if this could be Frank Lagasse’s mustache on the old man on the right.

The mustache  is seen again here.

I always thought the old man was Dennis Lagasse II. Now I am sure he is not.

The old man could be Frank Lagasse because one of his son was Bill Lagasse, and the caption with this picture says Bill Lagasse is on it.

One thing for sure, we will know for sure one of these days as well as all the names of all those people on that picture.

As a footnote to all this crazy mustache search.

I am still searching for whose mustache this is.

You know dear, one day he will find out who we are…

Unidentified Couple

This is going to be interesting.

This tintype picture was part of the lot Frank Archambeault sent me two weeks ago.

I started wondering who was this unidentified couple…

The young woman posing here seemed a bit familiar.

Sandy had sent me this picture of Sophie Archambeault in 2011.

She told me that Sophie Archambeault was married to Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé) one of Dennis Lagasse II’s  brother. We already have a picture of Peter Lagasse and Dennis Lagasse on a park bench.

Now I am starting to wonder… if we have the same woman on both pictures since Frank told me that all the pictures he sent me were Archambeaults.

I am wondering…

I am still wondering…

Frank’s Tintype Pictures

Twelve pictures…

More if you count this one.

All the pictures are related to Jean-Baptiste Archambault who we see here in front of his house. This is not a tintype picture of course.

His wife Emélie Mercier is on the left. On the right is probably one of his daughter and a grandchild. I just can’t get enough of old pictures especially when I can identify who is on them.

There is always a story behind each picture even if it is reversed for unknown reasons.

This one I am sure is Mary Archambault.

Everyone related to her can enjoy this beautiful picture of a beautiful young lady. Everyone also can see her brother William who married Myra Alexandre in 1902. He is the little boy on the left on the top row and on the left in the middle row.

I could be wrong, but he looks a lot like William in other pictures people sent me.

So when all this search is going to stop?

Probably not in the nearest future.