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Dame Emma Albani

Dame Emma Albani (Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse) of Chambly, Québec

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            Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse (known professionally as Dame Emma Albani), was a world-renowned soprano for most of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.   Featured image: Dame Emma Albini (4th cousin 3 times removed) on her tours of Europe and North America, where she sang for Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I …

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Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

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1          1ShareThe British conquered Acadia from the French in 1710 and subsequently, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. At this time, the Acadians and Mi’kmaq formed militia against the British and as a result of what the British viewed as the rebellious actions of some of the Acadians, British Governor …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.

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6          6Shares  The following are the more recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Dec 2017.   Argentina Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 Brazil Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Denmark Denmark Census, 1834 Denmark Census, 1835 …

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Samson brothers plaque.

Transcription: French plaque commemorating Samson settlers.

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           Plaque of St. Gatien-des-Bois, France commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected at the Church of St. Gatien-des-Blois in January of 1997. Inside the church of St Gatien-des-Bois, France (pictured above), a plaque commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected in January of 1997, which reads (translated from French): “In 1665 the brothers Gabriel and …

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Gummeson - Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel, Axel

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

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            AXEL AND ELLEN (ELLA) GUMMESON   Axel and Ella Gummeson, and Kenneth age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, U.S.A., by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan, on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come …

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Canada Post issues Halifax Explosion stamp marking 100 years since the disaster | CTV Atlantic News

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           THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Monday, November 6, 2017 7:29AM AST Last Updated Monday, November 6, 2017 11:25AM AST   HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov Arthur J. LeBlanc has unveiled a Canada Post stamp that commemorates the Halifax Explosion. The stamp depicts the moments after the munitions vessel SS Mont Blanc collided with the SS Imo …

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Transcription – Marriage of Abraham Fougere and Elizabeth Cordeau

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             Abraham Fougère & Elizabeth Cordeau Film # 1316273, Record # 16   Date and place of Marriage:    Jany 10th 1876 River Bourgeois C.B. How married (by License or Banns):    Banns Full name of Groom:    Abraham Fougère His age:    23 Condition (Bachelor or Widower):    Bachelor Profession or Trade:    Fisherman Residence:    River Bourgeois Where born:        …

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Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)

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            Featured image: Stes-Anges-de-Beauce, Montréal, Québec, Canada Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)   M. Paul BOILY A son domicile, le 5 décembre 1998, à l’âge de 72 ans et 8 mois est décédé M. Paul Boily, époux de dame Claire Girard. Il demeurait à Sts-Anges. Les funérailles ont eu feu samedi le 12 décembre 1998 …

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St. Peters, Nova Scotia

Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

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             Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère. Featured image: St. Peters, Nova Scotia Marriage License of William Beaver and Mary Fourgere No. 440 Province of Nova Scotia Marriage License (Signature) M.B. Daly Lt. Govn (Right Margin) – BY HIS HONOR Malachy Bowes Daly, Esquire Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, &c., …

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Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 - Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

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1          1ShareTranscription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5     1836 a 1899 Bouctouche, Cte Kent, N. B. Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste Registres Photographies a la Paroisse 4 —— B. Olivier Girouard Le 29 Mars 1836 à Olivier Girouard né le 11 fevrier du legitime mariage de Joseph Girouard et …

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Warm memories of smells and tastes...

Warm memories of smells and tastes…

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  1    3   4Shares  I’m in my fifties, but every once in a while I find myself emailing my Mom, asking “Hey, do you remember the ????? recipe you used to make? Could you send it to me? I’d like to make it for Mark and the kids.”   Now, this doesn’t happen too often because I’m not …

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In remembrance.

In Remembrance.

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       3   3Shares  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those in our families who have served, or worse yet, who we lost during military service.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in …

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March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

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  1    3   4SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand …

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Hull, Quebec

What was there?

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1          1Share  What was there is a website that provides comparative photos of a location in the present day with archived photos from history.   My favorite part of genealogy is finding treasured images relating to people, places, events and things in my genealogy research. All of this information provides the color to our ancestors’ stories. …

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Treasure Awaits

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           Today was a great day. I recently received a comment on the post “David Coon” from a descendant of David Coon and a distant cousin (by adoption) to my husband Mark. That one short comment and an initial email resulted in an exchange of some amazing photographs through a fast and furious flurry of emails. …

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Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

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18      3   21SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies remembering the anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand uncle, Pte. Joseph …

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Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

What we don’t hear about the battle of Vimy Ridge.

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       3   3SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.  In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand uncle, Pte. Joseph …

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Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

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            Unknown soldiers can be identified! More than 83,000 US service members lost since the start of WWII are still missing, according to a representative of the Department of Defence. Several lie in forgotten graves on the battlefield and below memorials offering no clue to their identities. New techniques in DNA technology may mean we …

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Family portrait from the mid to late 60's with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom.

Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005)

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           These are treasured pictures of my Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, who passed away about ten years ago at the age of 71. He was the son of Henri Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery, born January 30, 1934 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He married Patricia-Gail Marrion Melanson on March 8, 1958 in Germany and …

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Historic Graveyard Tour of Fort Anne.

Historic Graveyard Tour at Fort Anne.

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           One of the best things we did on a trip we took to Nova Scotia a few years ago was to see the Graveyard Tour at Fort Anne.   This was during our long awaited driving tour of Acadian heritage sites in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. The first stop we made in Nova Scotia …

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Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

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           The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

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Melanson Village Community Hall

Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

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           1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

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Marriage Certificate of Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews

Transcription: Marriage Certificate for Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews (Froemling)

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           Transcription: Marriage Certificate for Chester Blythe and Louise Matthews (Froemling) This is to Certify that Mr. Chester Blythe of Chicago, Ill. and Miss Louise Matthews of Chicago, Ill. Were united by me in Holy Matrimony according to the Ordinance of God and the Laws of the State of Illinois at Chicago on the –25th– day …

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Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger

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            Transcription: Tombstone of Family of Alphonse Bélanger   Bélanger (Left Side) Alphonse Bélanger 1881 – 1933 Époux de Délima Martineau 1876 – 1949 — Edna Bélanger 1907 – 1936 — Maurice Bélanger 1915 – 1915 — Norbert Bélanger 1913 – 1991 — (Right Side) Gatien Bélanger 1911 – 1996 Époux de Éva Labelle 1920 …

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