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, written by David read on…

Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

What we don’t hear about the battle of 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 German fire.   What we read on…

March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

  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 Day, I am reposting this read on…

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

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

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 at X.ii.a.2.2. arriving there at read on…

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

The Bourgs of Acadia

  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 stopped using the Melanson name read on…

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 researching my French Canadian, Acadian read on…

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.

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

  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 Kingdom England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, read on…

Melanson Mountain Sign

Melansons in Acadia

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 is believed that this read on…