Saturday, December 30, 2006

Hello everyone, I hope all of you are doing ok. As for me, well I am doing just fine. Christmas Eve I delivered the gifts to my grandchildren, then went to My Mothers. At my mom's place we were quite a few, and everyone had a stocking filled with lots of goodies, we had a nice lunch, and then I came home early. Christmas Day I went to my son's home for turkey supper with my friend. It is the first christmas that I do not have a turkey dinner for my son and his family, I missed it. Next year if God is willing I will make my turkey meal. I took lots of pictures. Tomorrow is New Year's eve and we are 4 couples going out, the hall is not far away so I am happy with that.
Now on a different note, I have finished copying all the names on the Saint Anselme Tombstones that Lucie has on her site, I have put them on my site . For the ones who do now know where Saint Anselme is, well it is in New Brunswick Canada. While doing the names I came across an uncle of mine, that I thought was buried in another cemetery. So if you would like to see the tombstone of your ancestor if he or she is buried in Saint Anselme, go to my website if he or she is listed then go to Lucie's site at and you will be able to find the stone much easier the way we are doing this. I would like to end this blog by wishing each and everyone of you a Very Happy New Year, may the new year bring you much love, happiness and good luck
have a great day

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hello again, thank you so much for dropping by. Well I do hope you all had a lovely christmas. I had a nice christmas, on christmas eve I went to my Mother's home, and spent time with my siblings, some of my nieces and nephews showed up also, it was nice seeing them. My brother had hung us each a filled stocking and he made us each a DVD of our last two Christmases that we had spent together, it made us laugh seeing some of the photos he had used. On Christmas day I went to my son's house for turkey and had a chance to spend time with my grandchildren. Boy they sure grow fast. The turkey was perfect and we had cheesecake for dessert,mmm.
Now I am back to genealogy, I have been filling my database in my new Legacy Family Tree software. And I have begun to do the Saint Anselme Cemetery names it may take a while but I will have it on my site soon.
I am also helping a friend to trace his Comeau line. So as you can see I have a lot of projects in the works. In my Yahoo acadian roots club I have decided to set my messages on the boards so that I can monitor them first in order to avoid as much spam as possible.
I do hope some of you received genealogy related gifts.
Have a great day

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Hello everyone, nice of you to drop in during the holidays which are very very near. I must say that during these times traffic is very heavy, so please drive safe while you are out and about.
I received an early present, my brother could not wait to give it to me because he knows that I love genealogy, and he came across the Personal Historian software and he bought it for me. I now have it on my computer, and I later found that I also needed Legacy Family software to go with it. So I decided to buy the Legacy familytree software. It really looks quite easy to use to far. I will also need to learn how to transfer the data to my personal historian. What I am going to like about the personal historian I shall be able to add stories such as I have been doing for such a long time in my books that I have researched.So after I have mastered the software I will let you know what I think of it.
I am very greatful to my brother, he too is into genealogy and he loves to save old photos as I too love to do. Earlier I told you that I had gone to the genealogy center and to make a long story short I received a CD that was redone for me from an old movie that contained my mother my father their house their cow their dogs my father's grandmother take around 1937. I had copies made for my siblings and my brother added it to a movie he made from photos taken at my mothers 88 birthday , and he did a fabulous job with it.....These are all things that may be appreciated when we are gone and the decendents have them in their possessions. I know I would love to find photos of some of my old Williams dit Bristol ancestors, since there are two branches that come down to me, my father's paternal line and my mother's father's maternal line. My father's line comes down from Augustin son of Thomas Bristol and Anne Landry, my mother's line comes down from Lucien Bristol son of Elie Bristol,(which are also Williams).
Maybe one day I will come across some of these old photos.
Have a great day

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A special Christmas Story I would like to share with you. Now some of you have heard this story before, some of you haven't. Since this is the Christmas season, I am thinking about my late husband, so here is my story.
My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in 1995. That was really a shock because he was a very intelligent man, he was an electrician and he knew his stuff. He could do cryptoquotes in his head by looking at the puzzle and figuring it out. Anyway to get to my story, he became worse and worse from walking to not being able., to talking and not being able to, to eating and then later having to have his food pureed. And he became bedridden and teminally ill, so I wanted to get him something the christmas before he died, I wanted to get him the Cassette of Ave Maria by Perry Como, I searched everywhere for that cassette, I even went to Ontario, but no luck. And on our local tv station there was this show called Yvonne Colbert on your side, and you could write to her if you needed help. So that Christmas I never got the cassette, and I wanted to much to get it. So in June I wrote to Yvonne Colbert and said, my husband is terminally ill, I am trying to find a cassette of Ave Maria. On July the fourth I got a phone call it was from Starr Dobson, she said Aline we went to a pawn shop and found an LP of Ave Maria by Perry Como, we have made it into a cassette for you, so Ron Shaw will be there tomorrow to present it to you and your husband. And the next day, I was presented with the cassette tape and the LP , and I went near my husband's bedside, and put the cassette in the tape recorder and I said to my husband, "listen honey" the song began to play and I saw a tear roll down his eye... I knew right then he was very happy.... That was July the 5, he passed away July 27. So that was my last gift to him.... I cherish this memory.....Oh and the pawn shop dealer heard that I wanted that song, and he gave it to them , no charge.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Hello and nice to see you. I know you must be busy getting ready for the holidays so thank you for stopping by. Would you like some eggnog or a cuppa coffee? smile. Well I have done a bit more work on my website, I have finished putting the obit index I took from the Evangeline paper on the Cormier and Legers. It took me a long time to find them at the genealogy center, I went through a lot of microfilms. Sometimes I did them while I was searching for other information, other times I went to the genealogy center especially to do them. So I do hope that all my work will benefit someone out there, at least it gives them an idea where these people lived and when they died...I now have the LeBlanc page to finish. Next I need to add more cemetery names from Lucie's tombstone images that she has on her site. So that you may benefit from both of our sites.
Later on I will go to the genealogy center to see if there is something else I can add to our site.
There are so many things online that it is hard to find something that is not already there but I am still keeping my eyes open just in case.
So now I am going to close and get a cuppa coffee, thank you for listening.
Have a great day

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hello everyone , today I would like to talk a little about our group called acadianroots in yahoo. We are over 300 members and growing. Our room is not like the usual genealogy room, our room has feelings not saying other rooms do not , but the members of our group are willing to help if need be and looking for help also. But at times we do talk about other personal things, things that make you smile, and add to the fun of genealogy. If our ancestors were here, they would agree that we don't only want Joe was the son of Henry who was the son of Francis, they would want little tidbits said also. What I am trying to say, is if we have a little humor into our genealogy research I think it is a wonderful thing. It makes us want to go back to the group . So to you members reading this let's find our roots but let us also lighten up a bit .We are growing to be one big family and I really like that idea.. And in the room there is a location where you can opt not to receive all the messages in your email, you can change your messages to no mail.....That is what I have done, I go to the group and read the messages on our board........
At the moment we are also on the subject of DNA, which is very interesting. It is amazing to be able to determine if your ancestors were European, Native American, etc. I would encourage especially the women to have their maternal lines done, especially if you descend from an acadian woman, because as you know there were lots of woman who were thought to be Native American, because no information on them were found, so through DNA some have already been found to be European and some were Native American....So this is a way of knowing once and for all who these first ladies in Acadie were . So in other words , no more guessing, now down to the truth or proof.
Have a great day

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Hello everyone, I know you are all busy getting ready for the holidays but I see that you took the time to drop in have a cuppa tea coffee or hot chocolate and read my blog. I have most of my shopping done, but I would like to talk a little about Christmas and suggest what you could ask for yourself for Christmas,well do not really ask but sort of hint, grin. Why don't you mention you would love genealogy books for Christmas? I know that if I got the New Brunswick provincial marriages I would love that or if I got the 1851 census for Westmorland County, I would love that, or if I got some parish records that have been done.Or the family tree software or even something for your computer like anti virus software.You can order most of the above online, the New Brunswick Provincial Archives have books for sale, the Centre D'etude Acadienne has books for sale and you can order online, and many genweb sites have books on sale, I have a publication page on my site you can order from and I noticed so has Lucie. Now I am mentioning New Brunswick but I am certain Nova Scotia has books for sale, so has PEI etc.
So if you of if you know others into genealogy this would be a great gift.
On another note I have finished both parts of the Barachois Cemetery and added them on my site .So the names are all in alphabetical order on my site and the location is listed on where to go on Lucie's site to find the tombstones. Boy some of those stones were hard to read, there are maybe about 4 or so that I could not read. Some I read partially. Lucie is getting Memramcook and Bouctouche among others so I think the next cemetery I will do will be Bouctouche and then Memramcook, these are big cemeteries, Memramcook is larger than Bouctouche. So it will probably take me much longer to do them .But I will do my best.
So hope you have a great day

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Good morning, nice to see you. Well if you read my winter blog you will see that we have a our first snowstorm. My son phoned me last night and he told me that the roads home from work were very slippery, there were lots of fender benders, seeing people have to adjust their driving speed. I have a little Saturn so I will not venture out onto the road unless they are well salted.
Well I have finished the Pre D'en Haut Cemetery. I never realized how big the cemetery was, I have driven through that little community long ago, my late husband had cousins living there and I came across their tombstones while I was copying the names from Lucie's site. As you know this is a project between Lucie and I on these cemeteries that are on her site. She will be adding more possibly after the holidays , unless she decides to do some before. I am not going to do the Saint Paul ones from her site since I did that cemetery myself not long ago. So I already have the names but not the exact location in the cemetery. You can still go to Lucie's site for Saint Paul but you will have to look for the stones. Maybe later on I may compare her stones with my names and give the location. But I want to first add two cemeteries which Lucie and I both agree should be online for you.So keep checking our sites. I think you will all be pleased in the new year.
Hope you all have a great day

Monday, December 04, 2006

Today I would like to take the time to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I would like to thank you for coming in to read my blogs day after day, that has made me enjoy writing them all the more. To my friends in Scotland, thank you and have a happy christmas I am so happy to have you as my friends . To Lucie Merry Christmas, thank you for all the help you have given me. To My New Found Cousins Eve , Cindy and all the family Merry Merry Christmas from my home to yours. To Carol, and Effie,who I do know are reading my blogs Have a very happy holiday... And to all the members of my acadian roots group, Merry Christmas Everyone, thank you so much for joining and for helping others and having confidence in me.
Happy Holidays.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great day. because today was not really mine. grin. First of all my water pump stopped my friend is in the hospital so I had to try and solve the problem , the plumber will be here tomorrow. Now that is not all that happened to me. I must tell you that I am terrified of mice and rats, and today I was sitting on the rocking chair minding my business, watching television, I had just put the dogs out for their run. And lo and behold, something was running across the floor, I could not believe my eyes, there was this little mouse going about 90 miles an hour and no table for me to jump on , and there I was facing this mouse. Gulp. What should I do? Shoo I said, Get out of here. He just looked at me , now I did not want to be attacked by a ferocious rodent like him or her, so from the corner of the room I spied the broom, so I slowly walked towards the broom, and ran all I could to get the mouse...... I did!!!!! grin. I figured it was either him dying or me dying of fright. Now I did not want to touch that little furry thing so I swept it in the dustpan and tossed him out as far as I could. Whew. Now I feel safer.... smile. Maybe I should stay up tonight with a shotgun in case others come. smile.
I am now in the process of doing the Pre D'En Haut Cemetery to add to my site with the url to go to Lucie's site to see the images on her site. I have copied all the names and now I am putting them in alphabetical order so it won't be too long before I am finished. Lucie has acquired two cemeteries that I know you will all be anxious to see on line, so after the holidays we will get right to it..
Have a great day

Friday, December 01, 2006

Well here we are the first day of December, my how time goes by fast. I told you I would share the little poem I made while I was sitting in a hospital room, now bear in mind that it is not very good but it kept my mind occupied. Are you ready to listen? Ok have your cuppa coffee and here goes.
Once there was an acadian guy
Who thought and thought
And wondered why.
Why did his people have to go
And leave their homes that
They loved so.
To other lands across the sea
Will they return
He'll wait and see.
But now he knows in
two thousand and nine
Their descendents will
meet one more time.

See I told you it was not that good. smile.

On another note, I have finished doing the Haute Aboujagane Cemetery, so if you have ancestors buried there check out my site then go to Lucie's site and find the stone.. I also added the marriages of Adamsville NB on my site.
I am quite busy these past few days , and I am enjoying my new found cousins very much. What very nice folks that they are, I am so lucky to have them in my life.I am hoping that the future will include our meeting in person, maybe next summer.......
Have a great day

Monday, November 27, 2006

Well hello everyone,I have not been able to do my blog earlier , I have been back and forth at the hospital, my friend took sick and landed in the hospital, I stayed with him from 4am until 1 pm yesterday then went back today. While he was taking all sorts of xrays and tests I had nothing to do so I decide to compose a little poem, but I ended doing two. So here is one I will share with all my members of my yahoo acadian roots club. Here goes. grin.
I have a room
This is the truth
The name of it
Is Acadian Roots
My member are
One of a kind
Helping others
Time after time
We are one nice
Big family
If you dont believe me
Come and see
I would not trade
Even one of them
Because you see
They are all my friends.

I may add the other one I did in another blog.
On another note, I have finished both parts of the Cap Pele Cemetery so you can go to my website find your ancestor then go to Lucie's site and see the tombstone.
Have a great day

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Hello , I am so glad you stopped by,especially during this busy season. I hope you all had a very happy thanksgiving day with your love ones. Next comes the christmas season, that is my favorite season. I have always loved christmas, the magic is still there after all these years. But the magic I mean is the feeling I get from giving to others. I honestly don't care if I don't get any gifts but if the time came that I could not give gifts that would hurt. When my late husband was alive, at christmas we would go pick up a gift for a girl of a certain age and a boy of the same age and we would just drop it off to an organization set up to help needy families.We would not leave our name , just give it and walk away. Christmas morning we would have a nice christmas and in our hearts we knew there were two children somewhere receiving our gift. A lady from one of my groups once told me that on christmas eve she goes to her neighbors late at night and sets a gift on the steps, with no name on it, she said that the neighbors still do not know who does it. grin.
On another note, I am keeping quite busy these days, maybe some of my friends think I am forgetting them but not so, I just need to get my work done. I am working on part two of the Cap Pele Cemetery , that is the joint project between Lucie LeBlanc Consentino and myself. It won't be long before I have the second part on my site...
I also need to go get more Ram put on my computer , I will do that Tuesday.I want to make sure I can take my computer with me and take it back home on my way back. smile.
Last night I began doing a bit of gift wrapping and I set up a little tree and a few decorations. My special one is a dancing santa, he sings jingle bell rock, he is wearing suspenders. I had bought that for my Dad the christmas before he passed away so it is special to me because I remember his laughter when he heard it for the first time.
Have a great day

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hello everyone, nice to see you again. Well I have been pretty busy the last few days, I would first like to let you know that part one of the Cap Pele Cemetery is finished and up and running, remember to check the name then go to Lucie's site to see the tombstone because on many of the stones I did not add the complete information, I never added the children, nor some of the wive's dates .I will begin the second part soon. This joint project of Lucie's and mine is going to be a big thing .
I will also add the Adamsville New Brunswick marriages on my site at some time .
Yesterday I went to Saint Paul, I had an appointment to meet a gentleman at the rectory to look at some old cemetery plans. I wanted to find some of my ancestors who are buried there, but not a one did I find that I really wanted to find. I was a little dissappointed but there were other maps I never had time to look at so I shall return another time. I must add that I really enjoyed looking at the old brown colored maps. Wish I could have copied a lot of names down, maybe I will have a chance sometimes in the future.
Finally I want to add a word for Garrett who is in Iraq, he is a member of our group and he posted on our message board today, so I guess he is able to come online. Garrett what you are doing is a great thing, and that goes for all of you in Iraq who are reading this. God bless all of you , Come home soon.
Take Care
Hello everyone, nice to see you again. Well I have been pretty busy the last few days, I would first like to let you know that part one of the Cap Pele Cemetery is finished and up and running, remember to check the name then go to Lucie's site to see the tombstone because on many of the stones I did not add the complete information, I never added the children, nor some of the wive's dates .I will begin the second part soon. This joint project of Lucie's and mine is going to be a big thing .
I will also add the Adamsville New Brunswick marriages on my site at some time .
Yesterday I went to Saint Paul, I had an appointment to meet a gentleman at the rectory to look at some old cemetery plans. I wanted to find some of my ancestors who are buried there, but not a one did I find that I really wanted to find. I was a little dissappointed but there were other maps I never had time to look at so I shall return another time. I must add that I really enjoyed looking at the old brown colored maps. Wish I could have copied a lot of names down, maybe I will have a chance sometimes in the future.
Finally I want to add a word for Garrett who is in Iraq, he is a member of our group and he posted on our message board today, so I guess he is able to come online. Garrett what you are doing is a great thing, and that goes for all of you in Iraq who are reading this. God bless all of you , Come home soon.
Take Care

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hello everyone thank you for stopping by . I went to the CEA today and I extracted all the marriages in the Adamsville Parish Records, and I shall be adding them to my website soon.But first if you read Lucie's blog yesterday you will know that Lucie and I are doing a joint project, Lucie has uploaded various cemetery tombstones, and I am going to copy the names on the tombstones and add the names in my website, so if you go to my website ,and for example you have a John LeBlanc from Barachois, you look on my page to see if he has a tombstone, if so I am going to try and list where the photo is located on Lucie's site, then you go to Lucie's site and it will be much easier to find. Otherwise you have to look through a lot of tombstones to try and find your ancestor. So Lucie and I came up with this idea and we both think it will be a great help to many of you.
I have begun doing the Cap Pele Cemetery, there are over 800 stones so I am doing it as quick as I can.... Once I have the page up and running I will let you know. And Lucie will do the same.
To end todays blog I would like to wish each of you who are celebrating Thanksgving to have a very Happy Thanksgiving
Have a Great Day

Monday, November 20, 2006

Good morning, it is early here in New Brunswick. Looking out my window I see that we had rain overnight. Yesterday I took a drive to Moncton, because I wanted to go take a photo of the Shediac Road Cemetery. I wanted to put in on my cemetery page in my website, which I have now done.
I took a lot of photos and chose the one I liked best, the one that I chose was of the masoleum and a family plot. Then my friend wanted a photo of his grandparent's tombstone, so I walked over and took it for him but the ground was soaking wet. I would have loved to stop and see my grandparent's stones, but I was not exactly sure where they were and the ground was too wet. So I shall try and make another trip at a later date.
I am still working on my latest cemeteries, I have a large part of Saint Paul in Kent County New Brunswick done ,I am doing them alphabetically so it will be easier for you to search for your ancestors, I am now at the letter R for Saint Paul.
My Shediac Road cemetery has more stones in it but what I am doing for my Shediac Road cemetery is I am adding all the acadian names , and the ones who married acadians, plus I am adding all the names that are in the cemetery,the irish and the english names I am adding mostly only one entry each name, but if you see a surname that you are looking but the person's name is not among my list , it doen't mean that thy are not there because on some of these names there are more than one listed so please contact me and I will do a lookup to see if your ancestors are among the ones I did not add. At the moment I am at the Surnames D in my Shediac Road Cemetery. My Saint Paul Cemetery will be complete, I am not excluding any names that I found.
Now changing the subject, as you know Christmas is getting nearer, I always loved the christmas season, on our way home yesterday I noticed that this paticular house that is decorated each year has put up their outdoor decorations. They usually had something new every year, but they are not totally done yet. I love taking a drive around the holidays to see the decorated homes. I am looking forward to being with my son and his family this christmas day. But on another note I do wish my late husband were here also. He would always make us laugh around christmas time. He was such a good person, a good hearted person, I told my friend yesterday, see that microwave? That was my husband's last christmas gift to me. I remember when my son was little and we used to buy him little battery operated cars and racing cars , train sets, and my husband would set them up for our son then he would play with the toys himself. grin.
Memories are so precious. It would be wonderful that when we leave this earth our memories would stay behind, since that is not possible it is really up to us to share them with our loved ones now. That is why I love my books that I have worked so many years in. Do you think my son would remember his first black eye? Now he will because I have it down in my book, he came home from training in Karate with my brother John who was the instructor, my son was around ten or so, he came home and he had this baseball cap down over his face, I said why do you have your hat on covering your eyes? He slowly took his cap away and voila! a big black eye. Now my grandchildren will read this years from now, and grin.
Have a great day

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Good morning, the sun is shining, the rain has stopped. So I am in the mood to do more genealogy, grin. Speaking of genealogy, I must share this with you because I feel it may be important to many of you. Lucie has told me, she now has images of the tombstones of Shediac, Haute Aboujagane, St.Anselme, Barachois and Pre D'en Haut.Now this is a great thing. I know I want to go and look at the Barachois cemetery, I had walked through it but never jotted anything down.Also Lucie said she should soon be having more cemeteries such as Memramcook, which I am anxious to browse through. So be sure to check out her site, I really believe she has a great site. . Well done Lucie.
On another note, I shall be adding the old Shediac Road Cemetery on my website which is located on the Lewisville Road in Moncton, it is an old cemetery, used before the Chartersville Cemetery, they have since stopped burying there.
Now changing the subject, as you know Christmas will soon be here, so what can you ask for as a gift? Why not ask for stuff for genealogy? you can now order many censuses , or genealogy related books. And for you to make someone happy on Christmas morning, why not buy a toy for a boy and a toy for a girl and drop it off to some organization? Even if they do not know who gave it to them, you will know you have brought joy and laughter to some child. Just a thought.
Have a great day

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Well another day has come and gone, so much to do and so little time. smile.
I would like to share something with you today, that may be of help to you later on. As you know I have met a long lost cousin, and some of her family, and at the moment we are getting to know each other day by day. It is so nice to be able to share .
Anyway when I first began my genealogy, I didn't have a clue how to go about it, so I began writing to various places, churches, relatives ,friends, genealogy societies. I would get clues from my mother, my aunts,and so on. Well there was only one great uncle left on my mother's side, his name was Larry. Now Larry was up in age. So yesterday I wanted to share one of his letters with my cousins, and I began reading it, he was 91 years old when he wrote it. On the letter he spoke about his family and cousins, his letter was so interesting I hadn't noticed that he gave me information that I had not noticed. For instance he told me he had an uncle and an aunt that I never knew existed. wow... He goes on to mention a little about each family. I am keeping this letter , to me it is important...He told me his great uncle died in PEI, hmmm another place to search. He also mentioned St.Bruno Quebec could he have meant St Bruno Van Buren? More to check out.
My point to you is, look at old letters from your relatives if your mother had any, or if your aunts or uncles have any. You never know what you will find in old letters.......Did your relatives move to the USA? Did your relatives go out west?
Where did the letter come from? Can you see the stamp on the envelope? These are all more clues to use in your genealogy research.
Do you now have relatives away? A grandparent? A great uncle or aunt? Maybe you could write to them, say hello and ask them questions about their family and do they have any information to share with you about their parents?
I hope I am making sense to you in my blog. Genealogy is like being a detective, and my moral is seek and you just may find.
Have a great day

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hello and thank you for dropping in again, if you are new to my blogs,please come in make yourself at home. The sun is finally starting to show. We had lots of rain but I would really prefer rain to snow. I love to see snow on christmas eve. I find it adds magic to holidays. Then after the holidays, the snow can go away. grin.
Well I am having such a great time sharing with my new found cousins, I have so much I want them to know.Now my brother who also is into family history,is just as excited, if my cousins send me photos, I send them to my brother. He hasn't got all the photos yet, but we are going to go and have them finished together.
And this gives my mother information too, since my cousins are on her side of the family.
Now many of my mother's family lived in or near Saint Paul in Kent County at one time, that is where my mother told me so many stories of when she was little, that I passed on to my grandaughter, so I have decided to put my Saint Paul Cemetery transcriptions that I did on my website at , I am going to try and add some unmarked graves. I began my page last night, hope you like it.

On another note I am going to add this , just in case some descendents, or relatives may be reading this blog. I am looking for photos of the family of Lucien Bristol married to Anne Landry, they had a big family two of whom are Domithilde and Salome, then they had Paul, who had many kids, then Mary,and Betzabee, so if any of you out there have photos of any of these people,please let me know

And if you have descendents of Jacob aka Jake Williams and Osithe Leger who lived in Notre Dame and in Moncton, I would love photos of them, Jake is on my paternal side.

You can contact me by going to my website and go to the sidebar.....hope to hear from someone on these photos.

thank you
Have a great day.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous.
They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it.
If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful
in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.

The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.

So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older
boy to see the preacher in the afternoon. The preacher, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy
down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son?" The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?!" Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.

The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God?!" The boy screamed & bolted from the room, ran directly home & dove Into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time."
"GOD is missing, and they think we did it!"

Hello everyone, thought that I would make you smile today, I found the above little joke very cute and I hope you do to.
We are having rain again, so now is the time to catch up on things I didn't get around to doing.
I was looking through my big big family tree book, and I noticed that it is getting very full, so I am going to buy another big binder and divide the book into two parts. As you know I recently connected with some distant cousins, and we are really going to town with exchanging info and photos. I am savoring every tidbit that they send me, and I believe they are doing the same. For having found each other to me it is opening another door in my genealogy search.
Now you may ask me, do you have a genealogy software? No, I do not, I did have one but I wasn't too impressed with it, but perhaps later I shall get the family tree maker. you see I started before computers, or before I knew about them, I wrote everything down by hand, I wrote to churches, in Quebec, in England, in the USA etc. I received many copies of Baptism and marriages. Now this is on different branches of my family. I have three huge binders full, and still finding more. I would really like to organize all my info and make a book. But for now I keep digging and writing it down. I know it is easier to have a program, but one day my grandson or grandaughter might say, my memere wrote all this down herself. And on the other hand maybe no one will understand my handwriting. smile.
I have added a few more names in my Margaree marriages, still have a few more to add. I am not sure if I told you, but for christmas I am giving my two grandchildren each a photo 8x10 of my great great grandparents. that would be ten generations for them.......... I am blessed with being to see a photo of my great grandparents, so if my grandchildren take care of those photos, maybe other generations will be able to enjoy the photos.To end todays blog I would like to say, Hi Eve and Cindy and Terry my new found cousins.
Have a great day

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Well, as I told you I made my grand debut in the movie black eyed dog, but don't ask for my autograph before you read this. grin. Last night we went to see the movie, that my brother, my nephew and I were in. It was shown at the crystal palace in Dieppe. So my friend and I sat down, my brother and his friend came in, my brother sat on one side of me, so we could try and identify each other.

The movie began, and we watched for local sites since it was filmed in Miramichi , Moncton and Hillborough.

The story centered around this waitress , and her family and friends, and surrounding it, was a murdererer at large. And Halloween was near so we were suppose to be in the Halloween scene. Of course when that scene came on screen, our eyes were glued to it. Oh this is where we were entering the hall. Nope couldn't see any of us, but of course that shot was a fast shot, now we are into the hall , and here comes the part that I walked behind the actor (yes the shot that my wig got caught in the workers tool belt) haha. Oh yesssssssss there I am walking by, like a shot of lighting, if you would blink your eyes at that moment I would be gone.But you do see me with my long wig . My brother was suppose to be in a shot playing pool but he wasnt there. But the storyline was quite interesting, so if ever that movie comes on DVD, I will pick it up for sure. I enjoyed my evening very much and I wanted to share it with you.... Guess I will have to wait for a bigger part to give you my autograph haha.

Well if you check out my website you will notice I have begun my Margaree marriages, I was going to put a photo of Margaree at the top, but I sort of think the bride and groom are cute and the page is regarding marriages. Hope you all like it.

Have a great day


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hello , and welcome to my blog. I notice I have a bigger audience than I thought, so that must mean that some of blogs are not bad. smile.
Today it rained most of the day, so I decided to go to the genealogy center. I looked through some parish records that someone had asked me to look at.
Then I wondered what I should add now to my website, I had been asked to add different things, so today I extracted some marriages from the Margaree Nova Scotia parish records. There were lots of LeBlanc, Chiasson, in the records. Next I shall make my webpage and add the names on it. So for you who have ancestors in Margaree Nova Scotia, check to see when I add them.
On another note, I am not sure if I told you this or not, but a year ago, i was an extra in a movie called the black eyed dog. I was in a Halloween scene dressed as a witch. My brother and I were on the set at 730 am, and we stayed until nearly ten pm. I was in three scenes, the first one I was in I was sitting at a bar, and my cue was to walk across the room, which I had to do three times, one time my long wig got caught in a worker's tool belt. grin. Then another scene I was standing outside the hall (which is really our local legion) and talk to a few people while we were waiting to go into the dance. A police runs into the hall at the same time.
And the last scene was inside the hall and I am sitting near the stage and a policeman comes and makes a speech that a murderer is on the loose.
So guess what? Tomorrow the movie is playing in our theatre and I am going to see if there is a glimpse of my brother and I. If I am discovered I will give you my autograph . haha.......I really doubt if I will be seen but you never know. I will let you know in another blog (that is IF I am in the movie.) But it was so much fun when we were all in the hall waiting to be called to do our scene, everyone was having a great time, I knew a lot of the people because they were in my dance class. yes I took dancing lessons, and hope to return next fall. I took jiving which I have always wanted to do, and I took some cha cha but didn't stay . Now I want to go and learn the jive all over again. It is a good work out and it is a place to make friends.
Have a great day

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

hello, nice to see you again.If this is your first time,make yourself at home, grab a coffee, tea, I have some soda or even hot chocolate.
I have been busy sorting out photos today. I have received so many new ones, of some of my relatives. It is so nice to put a face to names on paper is it not? I always seem to look for resemblances, does he look like my father,does she look like her grandaughter? As I have mentioned before, now is the time to collect these old photos, do you have kin that is in a senior home? Or a nursing home? Why don't you drop in for a visit? View their albums, ask them questions. And to add a few more words, make sure you have a system to identify your photos, years later some of your descendants won't have to ask "Who is she?".Notice the backgrounds in the photos. Where was the photo taken? Sometimes there are great stories behind a photo. For instance my grandfather Rosimond and Grandmother had a double wedding in 1915. Well they had their wedding photo taken with another couple who married at the same time. I had thought that the couple with them were their witnesses but my brother went to the church and found out who they were.
Regarding my website, I will keep adding new things as I find them. I have a few ideas on what to add next, but you will have to check off and on to see if and what I have done.
I would like to end this blog today by saying ,saturday is rememberance day, so it is time to remember all those men and women who fought and died in the wars, of the ones who fought and returned to their love ones too. They did it all for their country. And to you all the veterans " Thank You and God Bless You."
have a great day

Monday, November 06, 2006

A picture is worth more than gold to me, and I want to share this with you, because two angels have been sent to me. Let me explain. About two years or so ago, I had posted on some message boards, asking if anyone had photos of my grandfather's sister and her family. I had totally forgotten I had posted. Yesterday, I received a reply to my post and it was from one of my distant cousins. What a wonderful surprise. She is the grandaughter of my grandfather's sister, and I am also in touch with her daughter. They have and are still sending me the pot of gold. Photos, and information of my ancestors and kin. Remember I showed you the photo of my great grandmother Domithilde Bristol? Well they have sent me a photo of her with some of her children, and she is much younger. They sent me photos of one of my mother's cousins that Mom used to write to all the time.I am going to make a calendar for my mother with her photo on it, and not tell my mom, so she will be very pleased. I in return am sending some info that I have and some photos that I have. My mother returns from a trip tomorrow, so I am going to share this with her. There are photos that are unknown, so maybe my mother can identify them. So now I have found some of my relatives that I am going to get to know better. I just wanted to share this with you, because I am so excited, and they are also excited. smile. Oh and they sent me lots of photos of my grandfather's sister and her husband and kids. What a great day I am having.
Have a great day

Friday, November 03, 2006

Hello, well I am hoping your day is going fine. I have been into my photos, and I just saved them to a CD. Some of these photos are important to me, such as the one of me taken in my great grandmother's apple orchard that she started from seed. Another one is of my great grandfather's brother 's stone I stumbled upon while doing the Richiboucto Village Cemetery. He was the one who would go to the city with my great grandfather once a month, to buy their groceries and pay for them the following month. He later settled with his wife and most of his children in Gardner USA. But one of his daughters married a Richard and settled in Richiboucto Village, after his wife died my great grandfather's brother moved with his daughter . He died in 1944.He was born in Van Buren Maine in 1845, my great grandfather was born in Van Buren in 1846. So it is nice to have photos to go along with their stories.
I am still adding marriages to my PEI marriages. I have a few from Egmont Bay and Tignish, and more of Rustico. It is nice to see my website growing, and to know that some of you may benefit from my site. I keep trying to find information that is not already online and to add it, so that you will have lots more places to search and not always find the same information everywhere you go. So this is all for this time.
Have a great day

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Yes this is the url to my winter blog, i hope you will bookmark it or add it to your favorites and drop in once in a while. I have a feeling that where I am living now will give me a lot of information to share with you regarding my winter.
Changing the subject, I have added a DNA link to my website, in case any of you are interested in DNA . I had never heard about DNA until a famous trial on Television talked about it. Honestly I did not understand one thing about it. All these words they were using were words I did not understand. But since then, I have heard a lot about Genealogy and DNA. And it opens up a whole new world. Through DNA the scientists can trace our ancestors way back. The DNA tests can sometimes tell you if you have other bloodlines such as Native American, Europeen, maybe even Anglo Saxon and so on. As you know in the past, many records of our ancestors were destroyed, either by looting and burning, or the parish churches burning, or court houses destroyed and possibly other reasons. So DNA opens a new door for Genealogy Researching.
My maternal lines goes back to Perrine Bourg born around 1626 married twice , first to Simon Pelletret and then to Rene Landry. I wonder how many of you descend from the same lady?
Something to think about.
Have a great day

Monday, October 30, 2006

Today is a chilly day, this morning it was minus 2 with the wind chill factor. I have a feeling that I shall be telling you a lot of stuff about my winter days in my other winter blog.
I have added all the PEI marriages that I had extracted on my site. I shall be going to the genealogy center soon and look for marriages in Tignish, Egmont Bay and other villages on PEI.So I would suggest you check my website often to see when and what I have added. I added a new link , to the Northern New York American-Canadian genealogical Society. I have spoken via email to a lady who said she has Acadian Roots, and looked at my site, she was impressed, and is adding a link to her site.
I also want to mention that Lucy LeBlanc Consentino is working quite hard on her site also. She is adding information on Restigouche and Carleton, I believe she has finished Restigouche. So check her site often.
If you have any suggestions on what we both can add to our sites to help others, or what you would like to see on our sites regarding genealogy please send us an email. If you go to click on the photo, then on the sidebar you will see how to contact me.
I also have been to the New Brunswick Provincial Archives, they have added new stuff. One that I am impressed with, is Dan Johnson's vital statistics he had taken from various newspapers. He has since passed away, but the Archives have his books. I went and tried it, I looked for a surname first to see if it was listed, and yes there was a listing so I clicked on it, and lo and behold it had the short obit of my great great grandfather (who died in his bed in 1893 at the age of 84).
They also have some cemeteries listed, there are some catholic and some protestant ones. It is worth going to have a look.
Have a great day and Happy Hunting for your Roots.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hello, thank you for stopping by,I haven't posted in a few days , so I thought I would do so today. The weather is changing, evenings are getting cooler.There has been snow reported in Ontario and parts of the USA. Soon it will blanket my part of the country. So I decided to start a winter blog, sort of like a diary, it will probably be very funny at times. I shall begin the posting the first part of November and I will give you the url later, I do hope you will come share my winter blog.
This morning I have finished drying my summer savory herbs and I put them in bottles. For the ones who do not know what summer savory or sariette is, well it grows like a bush, once it has flowered you pull the plants out and hang them upside down somewhere to dry.( I had mine in my computer room in the corner with some white paper on the floor in case some of the plant fell.) Today my plants were real dry so I stripped the dried leaves from the plants, crushed them and voila I now have some summer savory. I use it for chicken fricot, and for my turkey stuffings.
Now on to genealogy, yesterday I went to the genealogy center and I extracted some marriages from some PEI parish records. I am going to add them to my website, but some of the records were so hard to read, some of the records looked as if they had been chewed by mice so you get a word here and a word there.
I was having a nice conversation with Mister Stephen White and he told me that
the first records of Tignish were lost, there are no records before 1832.
So I will do my best to write them as correctly as I can, but you need to verify the information that I am adding for instance Drouin and O'Coin and Aucoin, the ones that I thought were Drouin could be Aucoin because the writing was hard to read. I shall add some marriages from Rustico and from Miscouche to begin with, and when I go to the genealogy center I will extract more when I can.I hope by adding these marriages , some of you will benefit.
Have a great day

Monday, October 23, 2006

Well, it has been a while since I have posted so I decided I had better get busy.
We had a power black out a few days ago, no lights anywhere around where I live, and we took a drive into the nearest village, all was pitch black. The power was off for around 3 and one half hours. I returned home from the Bingo it was so dark, and I then had to find my candles. The two dogs were underfoot , while I was fumbling around, good thing I did not trip over them .(smile).But I found my candles . I am going to buy these little lights that look like a lantern but is run by batteries and have some around the house....
I am still working on my Minoudie Parish Index, I am now at the Melanson's so it is going fine.. I was thinking this morning, what could I add to my website, that others will find some of their information. Should I add Bathurst? Should I add Pokemouche? Even just adding the index gives you a clue to where your ancestors were. I would like to add something that others do not have in order for all of you to benefit.So I shall think about it some more.
Now I am also into the Christmas Spirit, on Christmas Eve all my siblings are meeting at my mother's home. She is now 88 years , so we want to be together. We are also exchanging names, so I know who I am buying for.
I would love so much to do something for someone to make them happy for Christmas, it would be nice to just buy something or fill a box with food and sneak up to a house, drop off the box in the middle of the night and run away, no names , no clues. Can you imagine how some faces would light up the next morning? Hmmmmm. it is an idea.Maybe some of you could do the same in your neighborhood.
I don't know if any of you remember reading or hearing about this couple who gets a gift every christmas about the 12 days of Christmas? They got a partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves etc. And they do not know who is sending the gifts. So the mystery goes on.
So now I hope you have a great day, I hope you find your missing links if you are into genealogy. See you next time.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hope you brought yourself something to drink, while you are visiting. Remember I told you I would post little tidbits I find in the paper once in a while? Well today i will post one, and then share another one of my stories with you.
This was in the Evangeline newspaper August 31 1886 page 3, column 3.
Translated:: Haute Aboujagane(NB);
At this same moment we hear of a terrible accident that happened in Haute Aboujagane, two horses harnessed to a hay wagon bolted. Mister Damien Bourque ran in front of the horses to stop them and he tripped and was seriously hurt. Three children who were in the wagon received light injuries. Doctor Belliveau arrived in no time and aided Mr. Bourque who suffered from a brain concussion.

On a lighter note: As I have mentioned in one of my blogs, I have made a story book for my grandaughter on the young days of my mother. So the other day, Mom said to me, "Did you tell her the story about the moose? " I said I am not sure, so I phoned my grandaughter and she replied no. So I made her another page to her story. Here is the story, but in her book I used different names and I told her who they really were.
One day after a snowstorm, my mother and her brother who lived in the country, overlooking a meadow looked outside through their window. The snow had formed a nice shiny crust. Looking towards the meadow, they spotted something that was caught in the crusty snow. So they put on their winter coats and hurried out to see. Well my mother's brother who was around11 or 12 at the time, was not afraid of anything, so he ran ahead, my mother following behind, and came to this big moose, it could not move fast since it would sink each step it took, so my mother's brother walked up to it, and jumped on its back, Mom said he never stayed on for very long, but he did end up on the back of the moose. I can picture this happening and how they would look , since I have photos of them at that age.
So as you can see, the children of long ago, had their own kind of fun. But this could have had a sad ending had that moose revolted or fell on my uncle, so I would strongly advise anyone out there don't try it......
Have a great day

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Hello again, I just noticed that this makes 100 posts. I didn't think I could think of so many things to say. (smile).
Well instead of thinking of the snow that will soon be here, I would like to share with you a little story that happened.
This happened a long time ago. My husband and I had a camp, next door to my sister-in-law. My brother in law had a sports boat, and we all decided to go for a sail . We went way out in the ocean, the weather was really hot, I remember I got this huge sunburn. Anyway we decided to try our luck at fishing, and it was the time that the Mackrel and the Cod were in full force. So we started jigging, and we started catching Cod. I am serious , we had the bottom of the sport boat full of Cod. The smell was something else haha. And the boat was a sport boat not a fishing boat. What a mess in the boat. So we went to shore and we bottled some Cod, and ate some Cod, and salted some Cod, and then we had to just give the rest away.... This was my first try at jigging and I really loved it, since there were no worms to put on the hooks haha...
On another note; I finished adding my Richibouto Village Cemetery to my site, now I am in the process of adding some names from the Minoudie Nova Scotia Parish Records Index Book. I am going to add some names taken at random for now, because there are lots and lots of names, I want to put all the Acadian surnames on my website, but I won't add all the children of each person.
So that way, maybe some of you will see a certain name and know that that is where they where....The records are from 1849 to 1918.....
Have a great day

Monday, October 16, 2006

Hello, thank you for stopping by. I wanted to share this photo with you. This photo was taken yesterday. The weather was beautiful, it was a great day for going for a drive , and taking photos.A few blogs back, I showed you a photo of my great great grandmother Domithilde Williams dit Bristol, and I believe I also told you the story about her planting an apple orchard. Well yesterday , I decided to go see the apple orchard, which is planted near Saint Paul. I had my photo taken among the trees. If only she could see the fruit of her labor, she would be so pleased. I later phoned my mom, and told her that I was at the apple orchard and took photos. We counted the trees, well not exactly the correct total but there are at least 30 trees. My mother told me that Domithilde planted that orchard from apple seeds, she saw them come up ,but never lived to see them bear fruit. Notice how nicely they are spaced? It was a very good feeling standing there ,where my great grandmother had walked and worked. The orchard was planted in the field next to her house.

On another note, I finished the Cocagne Cemetery, and have now started the Richiboucto Village Cemetery, if you find some of your ancestors in the Cocagne Cemetery, perhaps I may have more info on them in my book,since I did not add the entire info on some . And I told you that I had did the names up until the 1980s in Richiboucto Village, well I noticed I have a few newer ones as I add them to my page. So I do hope some of you find someone you are looking for somewhere on my website.

Have a great day


Saturday, October 14, 2006

We are already in the middle of October, my time sure flies. I remember when I was a young girl and it was Halloween, the weather was always cold or rainy. I remember we used to put heavy clothing under our costumes. Then we would pass the houses for treats. I remember taking my son out to pass the houses, we would both dress up, I would wait for him at the road, then I remember taking my grandkids out. (Gee, I feel old) (smile). My grandaughter was always eager to go, but my grandson who was around 2 or 3 at the time would want to go home. Back during my time, we used to take pillow cases instead of bags and we would usually have them nearly full by the time we finished. It is not the same today, there are so many people out there who do not realize how dangerous it can be. Just a reminder that if your children go out, make sure you check their treats, I would not let them eat apples, or anything not sealed. I would not even let my kids go out alone .Many places have cancelled the passing of houses but they do make parties in community halls for the children.
On another subject, yesterday the weather was beautiful, and guess where I went again? Yep, back to the Richiboucto Village Cemetery. The Cemetery was divided in two, so I did the left side, which took me as far as the 1980s, I did all but three rows on the left side. I am very glad I did, it will give me more names for my website and it will probably benefit some of you. Then we went to see the old cemetery that now has a monument, but it was too muddy and wet , we could not enter. Although the weather was nice, you could feel the fall weather, nice but not really hot, and the mosquitos still greeted me, I was in a hurry to get as many names as I could before having to call it a day and I kept saying to the mosquitos, "leave me alone I am busy ". smile.
My cocagne cemetery obits in my website is coming along real good I am now at the Richard's, so soon I shall be finished. Then I start adding the ones from Richiboucto Village.
Have a great day

Friday, October 13, 2006

Well for you living in Ontario ,Canada, I seen on the news that you have received some of that white stuff, the stuff that comes down looking like cotton balls, but are really snowflakes. Yes you have received some snow, and that means it soon will come my way.I have created a winter blog, which I will give you the url a bit later. I will begin doing it , in November. My aim is to make it funny at times and real at other times. I know it will bring smiles to your face when you begin reading it everyday. For the ones of you who do not have snow, this is a chance to read about it .
Well I am still working on my Cocagne Cemetery, I only do a few pages at a time, today I am up to the surname Goguen, and there are lots of them, seeing that one of the founders of Cocagne was Joseph Goguen. He is the one who is said to have adopted my Williams Dit Bristol ancestor.
The story is that a young cabin boy on a ship that landed in Cocagne or sailed near Cocagne jumped ship and hid in a hayloft. Joseph Goguen found him and the young lad could not speak french, so Joseph Goguen who could speak many languages asked him his name, the boy said William and he was from Bristol.
Joseph had him baptized by a missionary and gave him the name of Mathurin (for the missionary that baptized him) Guillaume (which is french for William) and Bristol for where he came from. Some of Mathurin's children later took the surname Williams, some took Bristol, some even took the name Bill.
My great grandfather was born Jacob Bristol, he married under the name Jake Williams. That sure was hard to find at the beginning of my research.
It would be a great find if we could trace Mathurin's ancestors in Bristol England.
All we have is either his first name was William or his last name was Williams.
Not much to go on.
So now I must go work on my Cocagne Cemetery a bit more.
Have a great day

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What a beautiful day, so how do you think I spent part of my day? Well I decided to go for a drive, but where to? Headed up towards Rexton New Brunswick, from there I decided to go towards Richiboucto Village. It is a lovely drive, the leaves are so gorgeous. I used to work in Richiboucto Village around 20 years ago, so as I was driving along, I noticed that not much had changed in that area. Arriving in the Village , I made my way to the church, and yes behind the beautiful church, guess what was there? Yes , a cemetery. Now there was no way I would walk away and not go into the cemetery. I had taken my book and pen along with me and my camera, just in case . So I began walking through the cemetery, it was a bit chilly but I looked at the stones, and I found the brother of my great grandfather. So I took a photo of his stone. next I took out my book and began jotting some names down. I copied around 150 or more names.I did not even do half the cemetery, but I did about one third of it. I began with the oldest stones, my some of the people died at a young age, 17, 22, 35 etc. I omited the young children, maybe I have a few but not many, in order to do more of the cemetery. Then it was getting chilly so I decided to quit and go home. I also noticed there were lots of Richard's in that cemetery .
I will add these names in my website at as soon as I can get my other projects finished so check out my site often to see when I am going to add the cemetery.
If every I get the chance to go that way again, I will copy more names.
On another note/ I opened my trunk earlier today, looking for something , and I came across a school picture of me when I was in grade 7 and age of 12. Now my grandaughter is in grade 7 and she is 12, so I have decided to give her the photo for christmas for her to keep , but you should see the picture. I have a cardigan sweater , it has a hole in the sleeve, it is buttoned the wrong way, that was very typical of me, I guess I was never a little lady back then, I was rough and tough haha.
Have a great day

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you are having a great day. I shall be going to dinner at a friends house today. The weather is so beautiful, the leaves are all in full colors of orange, yellow, reds and greens. Now is the time to take those fall photos. I have ordered my calendars, I picked the best photo from a group of photos I took. Calendars for christmas giving is a great idea. If you have a love one in a nursing home, a photo of yourself and your family on a calendar would certainly be a great gift to hang in their room or set on their bureau don't you agree?
Came across this tidbit in a book I have on Sainte Marie
Jean Baptiste Girouard son of Marin Girouard of Sainte Marie was known for his nervousness.When he was young he decided to go to the USA with his brother Olivier. On the boat he took in Saint John,he slept near the kitchen,and in the morning he heard someone sharpening their knives.They spoke english and Jean-Baptiste could not understand them since he spoke only french,so he imagined that they were going to do away with him. Olivier had a hard time trying to stop him from jumping overboard.His trip to the USA was short lived.
The english had put a scare in him so bad that when election time came and the english would enumerate, Jean Baptiste looked for a hiding place and found the ideal place, in the church steeple where the bell was.Father Ouellet who wanted to help him even made him a bed there.
Have a great day

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hello , thank you for dropping by. The weather is getting colder, so I moved my bird feeders to the back of the house, where it is more sheltered. The bluejays are coming in large numbers. They love sunflower seeds. I fill two feeders up and in two days they are empty. But I love watching them, they are such a pretty bird.

I am still working on my cocagne cemetery, I have a long way to go, since there are so many stones. And I went to the genealogy center and I found some news from various villages .I am going to add them in my blogs once in a while. Here is the first one I am entering.
Meteghan Nova Scotia January 8 1920;

We have lifted the ice these last few days for our Buttery.The farmers have showed up very cold. And we have hope that this industry will double in size from last year. Mister Andre Robichaud has promised us that he will make good butter, and with the experience we know he has, we are certain he will not dissappoint us.
So brave farmers tend your cows, enlarge your herds and you will become rich.

Have a great day

Thursday, October 05, 2006

What a beautiful day it was yesterday, but we had rain overnight so today it is a big overcast. As you know there is going to be an Acadian World Meeting (Congres Mondial) held in Caraquet New Brunswick Canada in the year 2009. There will be Acadian Descendents coming from all over the world. If you decide to go, you will meet other Cormiers,LeBlanc,Arsenaults,etc. At the moment there are already meetings happening to organize the trips etc. I would suggest in booking your hotels motels camping areas etc about at least one year ahead not to be dissappointed. I am hoping that I can attend, I haven't gone to the others but my heart wanted to be there. While you are in Caraquet you can also see the Acadian Village (Village Acadienne) that is like stepping in the past, seeing how our ancestors lived. There will be lots of talk about the World Meeting in the months and years to come.
Now on another note, I am not sure if I have shared this story with you but here goes.
When my grandaughter was four years old, Barney was a very popular show, and she used to watch it regularly. So her birthday was coming and I decided to play Barney. I went to a party store , rented the Barney costume,including big shoes.
Now this was in the month of June. I got some helium balloons to take to the children that were attending and a special balloon with the number 4 on it.
I remember parking the car on the road , getting dressed near the car (it was a really hot day). So my daughter in law had the kids outside on the veranda. I walked up the pathway to the house, and I remember hearing the kids "Barney , there's Barney" and they were all so happy looking, Now I saw my grandaughter and she was looking at me, with a different look, she ran to her mother who picked her up. I gave everyone their balloons and we all went into the house,. My grandaughter began to cry,(did I ever feel bad) my son said "Honey it's only memere dresssed like Barney. So I slowly slipped out, went to the car and took off my costume, returned to the house. She was playing with the other children, she gets up, walks up to me and said" Memere , why did you pretend to be Barney?"
I replied "Because Memere wanted to make you happy". She replied Me don't want you to be Barney ,Memere ME happy already". I gave her a big hug and said Memere loves you.
This is something I treasure.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Today I went to return a book I had borrowed in Cocagne, at the same time I took some photos of the Cocagne Cemetery. The weather was perfect for taking photos.
So when I returned home, I decided to go out again and take more photos with all the fall colors. A friend of mine suggested I go to Bouctouche and she explained where to go. When I arrived there I was overwelmed with the beauty of all the trees and the walking paths and the benches to sit on.
Walking through the paths, I stumbled across an old cemetery, of course I could not go by and not go see. So into the cemetery I went. Some of the stones were very old, there were many different names, but the one that caught my eye was Irving.
And then I realized I was on the property of KC Irving. His homestead was converted into a park , of all kids of trees, there were chestnut trees, weeping willows, spruce , fir, rose bushes , flowers, maple trees and too many to mention.
There was even a little private chapel on the grounds. I had some photos taken of me among the trees, and I will have some calendars made for Christmas to give to my love ones.On my way home I stopped near a brook, and there also the view was breathtaken with all the colors of fall. I took a few more photos.
In ending I would like to say, that if ever you go to Bouctouche New Brunswick especially in the summer or fall, be sure to drop in to that beautiful garden of trees. I am certain to return there as often as I can.
Have a great day

Monday, October 02, 2006

Well it has been a few days since I last posted so today I am going to talk about our ancestors again. First of all I just finished talking to my mother on the phone, I usually phone her to pick her brain (smile). Today I asked her how her mother made Lye Soap, since it was very popular back then. My mother told me that my grandmother used to buy the Lye already in tins or cans, and she melted the fat from the slaughtered hogs and made her lye soap, she had to let it harden and my mother said it was a very strong soap. Now I found an article regarding lye soap online and some exerts from the article said Lard was saved from the hog kill which usually took place at the time of the first hard frost in the fall. Lye was made from the ashes taken from the wood stoves, they would pour water over the ashes and siphon the liquid lye (so my grandmother took the easier way by buying it already done). To make the soap Lye and Lard were mixed together on an open fire and stirred for hours with a wooden spoon or stick , it was said that when the spoon or stick stuck straight up the soap was ready. Then the soap was put in a metal pan and allowed to dry and harden which sometimes took from 2 weeks to a month. Lye soap was used for everything from bathing to laundry to cleaning.
So now I am going to make a little story about Lye soap and my mother to give to my grandaughter to add to her Adventure Book that I have created for her.
On another note, I would like to add that I am adding the Cocagne New Brunswick Cemetery to my webpage, it will have the names of the person, either the parents or the spouse and the date of death. some dates are not available at the moment but as I get them I shall add them. If you find a name with the spouse and you need the parent's name , contact me and I may have their names also.
have a great day

Friday, September 29, 2006

It is raining today, so looking through some of my books, I found something I would like to share with you. Shoes? What did our acadian ancestors wear? What did they wear in the summer and in the winter? Well I read different articles. I learned that many of our ancestors were barefoot in the summer, some wore mocassins in the summer and in the winter they wore a higher boot type mocassin. I also read that the early Acadians used to wear their moccasins, in the summer and for dress up, and when they worked fixing their dykes, and on their boats they wore wooden shoes, (des sabots), These wooden shoes were made from the willow tree. Here is an exert from History and Acadian Traditions by Anselme Chiasson.
To prepare cut and sew shoes from hide was an art.The animal hide was stretched out on the floor,hair underneath,this was stretched as much as they could and nailed all around to dry out.Once dried the skin was scraped on both sides with a knife to remove the fat and hair. Then the hide was tanned by hand.In order to cut a shoe one had to place the foot on a piece of skin, the skin was then cut all around,2 inches from the foot,just enough so that the raised piece would make the height of the shoe. On the toe and the front of the foot a tongue was placed which was sewed all around the skin,while pleating it, it made a nice foot like the mocassins of today.The heel required a vertical seam and another horizontal seam. These hide shoes were comfortable indoors and outdoors.In the winter they made their mocassins a lot higher.They never used laces, but a pleat was made behind the calf and attached to the top with a string. Can you imagine the work in this, especially if you had a big family.
Have a great day

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Today I will tell you fishy stories (smile). I am certain everyone has some of those.
First of all, I have four brothers, two older than me and two younger ones. My oldest brother used to go fishing at a brook called Champ A Zeke, I remember that brook, I used to go there also as a young girl. One day my oldest brother decided to go fishing with some friends, and my younger brother who is but one year younger than me, decided he wanted to tag along. So off they went to fish, now in those days my brother did not have an up to date fishing pole, so he would throw in his line, wait a sec then pull it out again, to toss it further in the brook.This paticular toss, my young brother moved behind my older brother ,and when my older brother pulled the line back to throw it further , the hook caught my young brother in the ear lobe. No one could remove it, so they all returned to my parent's home with my young brother hooked to a fishing line.Then my parents took him to see the doctor and had the hook removed. Later at school , the teacher gave the students home work to do an essay on what they wanted to. So my brother made his essay and titled it " The biggest fish my brother ever caught".
Now another little story: My late husband used to go fishing in a river which was near a camp. The owner of the camp was a retired trackmaster, and the only way at the time to get to the camp was by Trolley, the trackmaster would pace his crossing according to the train schedule, since they had to cross a thistle,and I remember crossing it, the trees below were so small it seemed. Anyway this special trip, my husband and his friends decided to take their sons along. Now my son had never fished before and he was around ten years old.So they were fishing in the river but my son wasn't catching anything, so one of my husband's friend went behind a bush and took my son's hook out of the water and attached a fish to it. Well now my son had a bite, was he ever excited, so he pulled and he caught the big trout that he thought he really caught.We never told him for a long time what had happened because he was a very proud boy when he got home from his fishing trip.
have a great day

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Today was a beautiful day, so I went to a park in the city, it is called Centennial Park, it has a little island in the center of a pond. I went on the side of the park where there were lots of trees and picnic tables. I wanted to take a photo among the fall colors. But I think I shall return in a week or so when the fall colors are at their peak. I had a photo of me taken, with a few trees behind me. There were lots of ducks nearby. You could tell they were being fed, since they were not going anywhere, but soon the people will have to stop feeding them so they can fly south.
Now the reason I wanted a photo of me among the fall colors is because I want to have calendars made for Christmas to give as a gift to my family. I have been doing this for many years now. One year I had a calendar made of my grandchildren. Another year I had one made of my mother when she was 18months old.So this may be a idea you might like to try for the holidays? I have friends on line who live in Scotland, and I met them online around 7 years ago. One year I toured the city and took photos of where I lived, and sent them a 12 page calendar, they really enjoyed seeing Canada through my eyes.
Now as for genealogy, I finally finished adding my cemetery of Grande Digue New Brunswick in my website at There are many names listed, and also the names taken from a war memorial monument in the same cemetery.Now that that project is finished, I have to think about what to add next on my site. I know that there are many people coming into my site, and reading about my acadian words, and our recipes, and I am hoping many will come in and share some of their memories about their ancestors on our family memories forum.. I also would like to mention that Lucie LeBlanc Consentino has her own blog, I know she looks at mine and I drop in to read hers, I enjoy her blogs since she is a newbie at blogging and she is doing a super job, her blog is at so I shall end on this note , keep reading our blogs, and a comment now and then would be nice, for both Lucie and I . Have a great day

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Looking through a book on Bouctouche I had loaned from the library, I came across the photo on the left of this little gothic church. For the ones of you who know Bouctouche, you should recognize the area, it is towards the Bouctouche Bay or Fond De La Baie in french, on the left you can see the old Bouctouche Convent which today is converted into a museum. Notice the road wasnt paved.

Now the church you see in the photo, was built around the late 1890s, notice the gothic design, I find it was very pretty. It was situated on the former property of Jacques Cormier who married Osite Pothier in 1770. They called this area Pointe a Jacquot (Jacquot Point).I don't know who Jacques passed the land to before the building of the church, I have not searched for that info yet. The church burned in 1921.So they decided to build a new church in the village of Bouctouche, the foundation for the new church was built in 1926. So for the ones who have ancestors born, married or died before 1921 this would be the church where their services were held.

I have a few ancestors who were in the Bouctouche area, so this gives me a sense of knowing a bit more of the past.My late husband's Cormier line came from Bouctouche, his line descends from Jacques Cormier and Osite Pothier.My grandmother's line descends from Amand Cormier brother of Jacques.

Hope you enjoyed today's blog. Have a great day


Monday, September 25, 2006

First of all I want to share this joke I received with you.
Birth control thru the eyes of a child A six-year-old boy told his father he wanted to marry the little girl across the street. The father, being modern and well-schooled in handling children, hid his smile behind his hand. "That's a serious step," he said. "Have you thought it out completely?" "Yes," his young son answered. "We can spend one week in my room and the next in hers. It's right across the street, so I can run home if I get scared of the dark." "How about transportation?", the father asked. "I have my wagon, and we both have our tricycles," the little boy answered. The boy had an answer to every question the father raised. Finally, in exasperation, his dad asked, "What about babies? When you're married, you're liable to have babies, you know." "We've thought about that, too," the little boy replied. &nb sp; "We're not going to have babies. Every time she lays an egg, I'm going to step on it!"

Well I am still working on my Grand Digue Cemetery in my website, I am nearly all finished adding the names that were in the cemetery. I am hoping that through all my work that it will benefit someone. Yesterday I met someone I went to school with during my first 8th grades, and we were saying , it is good to share memories, and preserve them, he is collection old photos and going to donate them to the genealogy center, I think that is a great idea. Years from now, someone will know what our times were like , what their ancestors looked like. He created a book, with lots of photos of his family and stories and he gave them to all his siblings. I thought that was so nice and to some I am certain the book is very precious.
Last month I went to my grandson's birthday party and I created a storybook for him on his dog Fluffy because Fluffy is old and they nearly lost her, so I created the story as if I were Fluffy tell ing the story. And I had already given my grandaughter a book I made about my mother's adventures when she was little. My mother told me another little story so I made the page up and brought it along to the party. I gave it to my grandaughter and there were lots of her friends there, but she took the page, and ran upstairs with it to put it in her book. That made me feel so good. My daughter in law told me that she is really taking care of the book that her memere made for her.
Have a great day

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Hello, today I would like to share an old story with you that I found in the Moniteur Acadian, which is an old french newspaper. First of all I found a little tidbit about my ancestor Narcisse Chase, and it mentioned that the article was in the moniteur, it gave the page and the year.
So while I was at the Centre D'etude meeting Lucie, I browzed through the microfilm, to the date that I had. Well I found it, it was all in french so I am going to translate it for you the best that I can. The date was August 8 1879. (That was a long long time ago). Headline read
Terrible Tornado (Cyclone in french) in Bouctouche. (New Brunswick Canada).
Wednesday around 6 o'clock at night a thick cloud appeared in the south and headed towards the north. A storm was announced but the clouds continued their way and it seemed to pass us except for a rain that lasted only a few hours.Yesterday morning a dispatcher from Bouctouche put all our town in awe.The announcement was that the storm that passed here at six pm had struck there as a tornado.It struck the church, rectory and 80 homes, sweeping the normal harvest at sea, destroying part of the large bridge and killed four people. It was a disaster like nothing we have ever had on our shores. Our correspondents headed for the disaster area and returned with his report.
At Rivere des Hache Joseph LeBlanc =barn destroyed.Aime F Robichaud =barn destroyed.
Ls B Allain= Barn and House lifted and damaged. Anselme Leblanc =barn destroyed, David PH Cormier=house and barn completely destroyed and an abandoned house lifted.
Ls Denis Cormier =barn destroyed and one side of roof destroyed (this abandoned house belonged to MM Bourque. The 7 or 8 buildings of McAuley destroyed.Powell's tannery =crushed.
The new Bouctouche school built last year with desks costing more the $1200. destroyed.
Trees were uprooted. Roofs of the mill blown away.A brand new barn being built, destroyed.
Alexis Roy,his house, two barns and other buildings destroyed along with his equipment.
Jean-Baptiste Marin Girouard=house demolished. Narcisse Chase house totally swept away, All around him is a scene of debris some wood as deep as six feet in the earth.
Ls Meunier =barn destroyed. Simeon Allain =barn lifted and put back , kitchen swept away, house nearly crumbled.Anselme Allain =nice house newly finished last year, his old one and 2 barns completely destroyed.His trees uprooted. Philip Cormier=new house garage and barn destroyed. Meleme Cormier=barn destroyed ,kitchen damaged and part of his house destroyed.
Clement Cormier =barn destroyed. Francois Bastarache-barn and house levelled.
David Hubert Cormier= house and 2 barns completely destroyed.Olivier LeBlanc =barn destroyed.The ones who perished were the wife of Etienne Duplessis who was bedridden was found dead in the rubbles of her home, An indian lady Jeanne wife of Thadee Nicolas crushed by the chimeny Bricks, A child of Alexis Roy age 2 died. The injured were Alexis Roy in grave condition, Mrs Jean Baptiste M Girouard fractured skull, Narcisse Chase carried with the debris of his house received serious concussions along with his wife and two of his daughters.
Anselme Allain sick in bed was rescued from his home with cuts and bruises.A grandaughter of Philippe Cormier burned her foot on the stove.Two daughters of Thomas Ward broken legs.An indian widow of Marin Nicelas fractured skull,broked wrist, several fingers in serious condition,two young indians fractured arms,a child of Nita Girouard died.

Wasn't that terrible? So years ago there were tornadoes, hurricanes and bad storms. For the ones of you who's families mentioned above are your ancestors, save this article. Mention who your ancestors were, I have Narcisse Chase in my line he was my fathers great grandfather, he was married to Marie Martin.....
Have a great day.