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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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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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The Acadian expulsion.

This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

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             Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.   Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry. Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)   A few years ago, we had the amazing …

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Rose-Anna Labelle Memorial Card

Transcription: Memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle

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           The following is a transcription of the memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle, wife of the late Frédéric Sigouin, who passed away at St-Hippolyte on September 18, 1932. __________ A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE Rose-Anna Labelle épouse de feu Frédéric Sigouin décédée à St-Hippolyte le 18 septembre 1932 Seigneur, vous savez combien je dé sirais être …

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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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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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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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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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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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Transcription: Obituary of Pierre Allaire (1951 – 1999)

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           Transcription: Obituary of Pierre Allaire (1951 – 1999)   [Allaire] Pierre À la Maison Michel-Sarrazin, le 3 octobre 1999, jour de ses 48 ans, est décédé M. Pierre Allaire, employé du Musée de la Civilisation, époux de dame Mariette Breton. Il demeurait à St-Laurent, I.O. La familie recevra les condoléances à la résidence funérairé F.X. …

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Transcription – In Memoriam for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

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           Transcription – In Memoriam for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)   Benoît Tardif époux de feu Étianne Perreault décédé le 20 septembre 2003 à l’âge de 83 ans et 9 mois et inhumé le 23 septembre 2003 à Saints-Anges ____________________ The complete original scans of the documents clips above can be accessed by clicking the images. To …

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Obituary for Benoit Tardif.

Transcription – In Memoriam and Obituary for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)

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             Transcription – In Memoriam and Obituary for Benoît Tardif (1919-2003)   TARDIF Benoît A l’hôpital Laval de Québec, le 20 septembre 2003, à l’âge de 83 ans et 9 mois, est dcédé M. Benoît Tardif, époux de feu Étianne Perreault. Il demaurait à Saints-Anges. Les funérailles ont eu lieu mardi le 23 septembre 2003 …

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La Rochelle, France in 1628.

I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

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1          1ShareWhat a shock to find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna! I was reviewing old genealogy articles to find story and post ideas and hit the jackpot with this one. In an article by CanWest News Service’s Randy Boswell from March of 2010, he recounts …

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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

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           I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘. My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a …

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BourgeoisAnne Marie Bourgeois

Transcription: Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001).

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2          2SharesBelow is my transcription of the newspaper notice of the death of Anne-Marie Bourgeois. BOURGEOIS MME ANNE-MARIE Au Foyer de Saint-Célestin, le 30 juin 2001, es décédée à l’âge de 88 ans, Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois, épouse en premières noces de feu Lucien Bourgeois et en secondes noces de feu Welly Luazière, autrefois de Sainte-Monique. La …

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Albertine Audet-Turmel

Transcriptions: Obituaries for Albertine Audet-Turmel.

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2 1    4   7SharesFollowing are my translated transcriptions for the obituaries of Albertine Audet-Turmel in their original French. Original French Texts Obituary #1 TURMEL Albertine (née Audet). Au Foyer Nazareth, le 20 juin 1992, à l’âge de 93 ans et 8 mois, est décédée dame Albertine Audet, épouse de feu monsieur Michel Turmel. Elle demeurait à Québec. La …

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