Researching Our LGBT Ancestors

As we celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month is more significant than ever. It is a well-established fact that ever since there have been humans on the earth, there have been LGBTQ people. Noted historian John Boswell traced our history from our unions in Greco-Roman times to the Church-sanctified … Read moreResearching Our LGBT Ancestors

My SAR Journey: Application

Completing the application takes some time, but it is not overwhelming. Before starting to fill out the application form, be certain that you have completed all research. You will need a copy of your birth certificate and, if you are married, your marriage certificate. For every generation back from you to the Revolutionary War ancestor … Read moreMy SAR Journey: Application

My SAR Journey: Service

Some French-Canadians joined the Americans in fighting against the British, fighting side-by-side with those who were not that long ago their sworn enemies. Many joined militias in the colonies that bordered Canada, especially in New York. Those who have French-Canadian ancestors who appeared early (prior to 1850) in the United States should look or evidence … Read moreMy SAR Journey: Service

My SAR Journey

Aside from family associations, French-Canadians do not have a large number of lineage societies. Part of that may come from the fact that, compared to the United States, Canada has a relatively peaceful history. Thus there are few opportunities for those of us of French-Canadian descent to join one of these groups. Recently, however, this … Read moreMy SAR Journey

Have You Written Your Obituary Yet?

Genealogists are obsessed with finding our family’s stories. We spend countless hours combing through records, attempting to recreate our ancestors’ lives. If we’re lucky we find letters or diaries that give us an insight into who our ancestors were. Unfortunately, it is all too often the case that there is no surviving correspondence or diary.  … Read moreHave You Written Your Obituary Yet?

Centennial of a Disaster: The Great Molasses Flood

Just past noon, one hundred years ago today, a storage tank owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. The 2.3 million gallons (8,706 tons) of molasses contained within it immediately started sweeping out like a tidal wave, destroying everything in its path.  Horses, wagons, automobiles, buildings, and even the elevated railway line were destroyed. … Read moreCentennial of a Disaster: The Great Molasses Flood

World War I Private Éloi Morin

Éloi Morin was born 10 September 1887 in the small town of Saint Calixte de Kilkenny, Quebec, about 35 miles north of Montreal. He was the fifth son of Onésime Morin and his second wife Céline Pelletier. Onésime and Céline had eleven children between 1876 and 1894. The family included two older sons of Onésime … Read moreWorld War I Private Éloi Morin

Our Living Memorial to 9/11

Genealogists spend a tremendous amount of time in the past, seeking out our family members. We work hard to not only identify them, but to go past the bare bones of “born, married, died” to get a glimpse into who they were as individuals. How did they fit into their communities, both locally and on … Read moreOur Living Memorial to 9/11

Euphemie Jalbert’s Life of Strength and Perseverance

Today is International Women’s Day. Genealogists know how important it is to tell the stories of the women in our family just as much as the men. Today I would like to share the story of my ancestor, Marie Euphemie Jalbert. Euphemie was born at Cap St. Ignace in Montmagny, Quebec, 3 January 1806, eldest … Read moreEuphemie Jalbert’s Life of Strength and Perseverance

Ste Marie de l’Incarnation

In 1639, Marie de l’Incarnation left France for the wilderness of Nouvelle France. At forty years old, she had already lived an interesting life. She had no way of knowing what a lasting difference she would make in the world. Marie Guyart was born at Tours, France, 18 October 1599, daughter of Florent Guyart and … Read moreSte Marie de l’Incarnation