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 …

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

Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

  The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought largely by Canadian troops consisting of all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) from April 9 to 12, 1917, with the objective of gaining control of the German held high ground, ensuring that the southern flank of the forces could advance without the threat of …

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

  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 Philias Albert Emery, and the second was another grand uncle, Pte. Joseph Turmaine – and here are their WWI war stories.   In honor of our upcoming Remembrance …

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine.   Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS at 2.00p.m. on 14th Sept. and proceeded to Brigade Headquarters …

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 …

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 …