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 …

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

The following is my full transcription of photocopies of the handwritten pages of the war diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917, during which my great uncle Joseph Philias Albert Emery went missing in action. 1917       Vol. VIII, Page I March 1st Battalion in the …

Transcription: WWI Attestation Paper for Joseph Antonio Turmel

Joseph Antonio Turmel; WWI attestation papers.

Transcription of the front of the Attestation Paper of Joseph Antonio Turmel. FRONT ……….5th M. D.……….FIRST………………Depot Battalion…..??????????……Regiment Regtl. No….3286557…. PARTICULARS OF RECRUIT (Stamp in right margin of upper third of the form: MILITARY DISTRICT ????, CENTRAL REGISTRY DEC 18 ???? ????????????) DRAFTED UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917 (Class…………ONE……………) —————————- Surname…………………………………………………TURMEL………………… Christian Name……………………………………..JOSEPH ANTONIO……………………… Present Address……………………………………St …

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 …

Transcription – Obituary of Mme Reina Bond-Labelle.

Hull, Quebec.

Transcription of the obituary of Mme Reina Bond-Labelle, de Hull.   ORIGINAL FRENCH BOND-LABELLE — Mme Reina, de Hull, est décédéé le 15 juin 1986, à l’âge de 63 ans. Fille de feu Albert Bond et de feu Cécile Lalonde. Epouse de feu Armand Labelle. Elle laisse 2 fils: Félix et André; 1 fille: Denise; …

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 …

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 …