The Bourgs of Acadia

St. John River Campaign: Raid on Grimrose (present day Gagetown, New Brunswick). Expulsion of the Acadians.

  I and my children are descended from several noteworthy immigrants from France who were original pioneers of Acadia, including the Bourgs of Acadia.   In the past, I have posted about our Melanson ancestors, who we most readily associate ourselves with, since the family name carried down through the generations to my mother, who …

Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

  In researching genealogy, translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky, and the same goes for other languages as well, and mistakes can easily be made.   Getting one term, phrase or word wrong can mean taking your research off in the wrong direction based on the interpretation of that word.   While …

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

Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

  Today starts the 99th anniversary period (April 9-16th) of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, in honor of which I am posting this article previously written and included several links to other posts with information about my ancestors and Vimy Ridge.   The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought largely by Canadian troops consisting of …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Feb 2016.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

  The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Feb 2016.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Feb 2016.   Liberia Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974 Portugal Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 Ukraine Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 United …

Melansons in Acadia

Melanson Mountain Sign

Pierre ‘dit Laverdure and his wife Priscilla Mellanson (my eighth great grandparents on my mother’s side) were known by the name, nickname or title of Laverdure. We are descended from the second of their three sons, Charles ‘dit la Ramee’ Mellanson, (my seventh great grandfather). The origin of the name ‘Laverdure’ is not known, but …

It’s important to know naming conventions for genealogy #namingconventions.

Naming conventions in genealogy.

  I have learned to pay close attention to the names of individuals in my research as knowledge of naming conventions can be key to investigating a family’s genealogy. Frequently, the names provide valuable clues to the answers to my questions.   Individuals from differing cultures, time periods, religions and families were known to follow …

In Remembrance.

In remembrance.

Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those we lost.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in battle:   Private David Coon (1824-1864) – Civil War (4th great grandfather) The following letters, …

Medieval Genealogy Research: Myth vs. Fact

Medieval history: Myth vs. Fact

I have found my many years of our family genealogy research to be both difficult and rewarding; especially medieval research when one has to distinguish between myth and fact. There is no feeling like breaking down a ‘brick wall’ and finding solid support and/or primary genealogy sources to document the finds.   There are a …