How to search this blog? – And much more…

Updated 5 December 2021

How to search this blog? – And much more…

This is what you will see if you happen to stumble on my original blog and read this…

Forget André Mignier dit La Gâchette!

I know it must be hard to find your ancestor on Our Ancestors or one of your ancestor’s photo on the Internet.


Courtesy Dennis Lagasse IV

This is why I was posting this image so you can find the search button under the comment section.

If you type a name into the search box, you might find lost ancestors I wrote about. Of course if the name is “Sorel” then you might find articles I wrote on the town of Sorel in Quebec also…

On this blog the search button in on the upper left side.

Search button Our Ancestors II

More updates down here on the sequel to Our Ancestors.

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Keeping their memories alive

Monday morning – Comparing moustaches

Tuesday morning- Just imagine

Wednesday morning – Just imagine one last time

Where to start?

Sunday morning – 18 October 2020 – Who says genealogy has to be boring?

Sunday morning – 25 October 2020 – How to start?


Posts I have written since…

Where should I start? Maude Powe

Where should I start? Arthur Joseph Myers

Where should I stop?

Where to stop – Old photos

Where to stop – William Costello

Where to stop – Francis William Powe

Written in 2011

Remembering Harvey Louis Lagasse Jr

A note I had left behind…

A post in the draft section of Our Ancestors since 2014

It’s not over till it’s over…

It’s not over till it’s over… Epilogue

The missing link – Final Jeopardy!

Lives of our French-Canadian Ancestors in New France, Québec and Canada

The Ferlatte Family – Final Jeopardy!

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Keeping their memories alive

FeaturedKeeping their memories alive

Updated 28 July 2021

Most of our ancestors were just ordinary people whose names will never be found in history books.

This is why I had created Our Ancestors back in September 2009 to eventually make contact with distant relatives in the United States and Canada.

Little did I know that in September 2020 I would be contacted by Michael Meteyer, a third cousin once removed who had a lot to share.

Having written more than 1500 posts on Our Ancestors, if I want to write more about Michael’s ancestors and share old family photos, I have to write about them here on Our Ancestors II. This is Michael’s paternal grandparents.

Next Sunday, we will go back in time to Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA…

Always feel free to contact me… It’s always free!

Going back to Rochester, New York in 1916 – Take 3

Take 2 is here

I wonder if Isabel Meteyer Legler and her husband Edward J Legler who lived in Rochester NY are on this group picture?

The only clue I have is this photo shared in 2011.

I never connected the dots before I got a message on Ancestry from Isabel Meteyer Legler’s granddaughter. 

Isabel’s first name was in fact Marie Denise Béatrice Azella. At least that’s what is written in her baptismal act on August 23, 1886.



Maybe Azella didn’t like her first name and preferred to be called Isabel?

Who knows…

The family picture was sent in 2011 with other pictures. I can’t recalled who sent it. 

I could kick myself.


To be continued…

Source Facebook

More from the Albert Stone collection: Seven firemen from Engine Co. No. 23 stand in front of a snow fort they have made on Exchange Street. There is an American flag on top and three placards.

They read, “America first, last, and all the time; “What we did in ’76, ’61, and ’98 we can do in ’17.” The third placard reads “Give us liberty or give us death, as united we stand.” The fort is named Fort Exchange.

Members of Engine Co. No. 23 are: Edward J. Legler, James G. Murray, Joseph R. Lara, Gilbert Owen, Michael J. Donovan, William E. J. O’Leary, Walter T. Fogarty, John B. Toner, John C. Forbes, Timothy J. O’Brien, Frank J. Mengel, Henry E. Weirich, and Ambrose E. Foos.

Not all are pictured. In the background is a horse and buggy. The Empire Garage can be seen on the left.

Going back to Rochester, New York in 1916 – Take 2

This is what I had written last year or was it two years ago…

I don’t intend to identify all these people. However when I find someone I had not been able to identify, I will write about it.

The Munding and the Meteyer families are on this photo taken in 1916. I am sure it’s 1916 because of this woman I believe has to Églantine Niquette.

At first I thought she was a little on the heavy size, but this morning I found out that Églantine Niquette was in fact about 6 or 8-months pregnant. She would give birth to Joseph Alfred Métayer on July 8,1916 in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Little Alfred would die a month later on August 17, 1916.

Églantine Niquette was married to Frank Meteyer who I think is here behind is mother Clara.

Frank had married his cousin Églantine in 1911. Églantine was the daughter of Émile Niquette and Genevieve Meteyer. This is who I think is Genevieve Meteyer.

She was F-X Meteyer’s sister seen with his wife Clara Niquette, Églantine’s aunt.

Before I had figured this photo was taken in 1916 because Josephine Munding was holding her son Ernest Charles Meteyer born January 4, 1916.

Ernest is just a few months old just by looking at how Josephine is holding him.

So what about Églantine Niquette who had married Frank Meteyer February 23, 1911?

These are their children I could find documents on.

Joseph François Xavier Émile Métayer 1912–
Aline Métayer 1913–
 Joseph Alfred Métayer 1916–1916
 Marie Pauline Annette Métayer 1917–
 Joseph Horace Roger Métayer 1918–
 Rita Métayer 1921–
 Yvette Marie Fernande Métayer 1923–

Rita is the child I could find a marriage certificate. She married Henri Parizeau in 1951. I don’t think they had any children who might want to look for their ancestors.

End of what I had written…

Which brings me to this message I had on Ancestry.


My grandmother was Isabel Meteyer Legler her husband Edward J Legler was my Grandfather they lived in Rochester NY and I still do I believe were cousins…

To be continued next Sunday.

A Day in the Life…

When you are looking for your roots you will find documents that fill some gaps.

I am not closely related to Maria Anita Viens who was a bookkeeper in New Bedford.

How I got curious was this message I got on Ancestry.

Bonjour! Vous êtes relié à ma recherche par l’intermédiaire de mes ancêtres canadiens George M. Viens, épouse Eudora Gelineau, mère Julienne Chagnon et père Frank Cummings. George et Eudora sont mes arrières grands-parents. Je suis nouvelle avec l’étude d’ancêtres. J’aimerais en apprendre davantage et me connecter à mes parents canadiens et français. Je ne parle pas encore français. J’aimerais apprendre. Peut-être avez-vous des informations et des conseils. Je voudrais savoir comment vous êtes liés à mes arrière grands-parents!! J’espère avoir de vos nouvelles!

K. A., Massachusetts, États-Unis

How could I resist?

To be continued…

However there’s a problem.

La Famiglia 2017 – January 2017 The Mocciolo Family

This is the 2017 calendar cover I posted yesterday.

This is January 2017.

These are the names as identified by Joe.

To be identified later…

Eva Mocciolo (1905-1998)

Eva Mocciolo (1905-1998)

Maria Carmela Mocciolo (1909-2003), born March 1,1909 in Waterbury.
Photo taken perhaps in the 1940s. She married Joseph Pazera (1909-1972).

Maria Carmela Mocciolo

Maria Josephine Mocciolo (1896-1974), with her first husband, Nick Cappella.

The boy is believed to be her first child, Nicholas, photo circa 1920.

Maria Josephine Mocciolo

La Famiglia 2022 – Redux

You probably have not noticed this yesterday… It was not a typo on my part.

If the Internet still exists in 100 years from now, some amateur genealogist might be thrilled to find this.

Joe Palladino has been preserving his old photos on calendars well before 2017. That was something I did not know. He told be yesterday in an email.

Hi Pierre – this is pretty awesome – nice job, and thank you.

I went back to check and I believe the family calendars actually started in 2014. The theory behind it was simple: A relatively inexpensive way to archive photos, cut them up and frame or form a wall display of some kind once the year was over. (I think I still have extras from all the years.) But it is special, every day of the day, to check the calendar and always see a lost loved one, or in many cases, an ancestor that we never knew.

Have a terrific year!

This is the 2017 calendar cover I posted yesterday.

This is January 2017.

These are the people.

Next time, who are these people?

La Famiglia 2022

Somewhat precious artefact in 2122.

Joe Palladino has been preserving his old photos on calendars since 2017.

This is the 2017 calendar cover.

Joe and I think the young woman in the back was Robert Miller’s mother.

A closer look…

While I was working on my family tree I was struck by the resemblance with this woman.

This led me to create this montage I sent Joe.

Joe agrees there is a resemblance.

This is Edwina Miller’s family tree. Her paternal grandmother was Edwina Newcity (Villeneuve)

Descendants of Edwina Newcity can find her on Find A Grave. They can also find her on Our Ancestors and its sequel Our Ancestors II or on Google.

Richard A. Newcity – Last Post

Two weeks ago Joe Palladino’s cousin sent him what he thought of  Richard A. Newcity.

To say the least, he was robust, full of life and loved to mix it up, always ready for a bit of verbal judo. He had a quick wit and a natural ease dealing with people. Knowing him, it was no surprise that he held the rank of Master Chief in the Navy. When Dick spoke to you he always looked directly into your eyes and leaned in, focused on you and nothing else at that moment. The phrase “lean in” gained popularity for many reasons, but in his case it was a feature of his personality. He had a propensity for action, often rocking on his feet like a boxer or the ballroom dancer he was, ready for the next move. We had many young naval officers in our organization and it was always interesting to watch them interact with Dick. Even though he was a civilian, they were deferential and always referred to him as “Chief” or “Master Chief”.

Everyone respected him not just for his prior service, but because of his demeanor and the way he respected them. He cared for his coworkers and looked out for them, particularly in troubled times. It was not uncommon for him to display emotion or tears when speaking about someone who was in a difficult situation. That concern and respect for others was evident as he was a member of the Military Honor Guard and attended to the burial of many CT veterans.

Lastly, he was rock solid dependable. I am certain whether aboard ship in dangerous seas, under enemy assault or just as I knew him in the workplace, he would always have your 6.

The Navy has a customary farewell expression when parting company with others, thus: “We bid you fair winds and calm seas.” That may be a pleasing thought to leave with his surviving relatives.

Your cousin

These are Richard Newcity’s ancestors and one of his great-great-grandfathers.

James Edward Newcity


Richard A. Newcity

You will find Richard A. Newcity on Find A Grave.


Find A Grave is about remembering those who have passed away. Sometimes you will just find a headstone. Some headstones tell very little about that person. If you are lucky in your search for someone, there will be an obituary with the memorial.

In Richard Newcity’s memorial this is what you can read.

Richard “Dick” A. Newcity, 72, of Bristol, husband of Patricia (Kinosh) Newcity, died on Saturday (January 14, 2011) at St. Francis Hospital. Dick was born in Bristol on May 9, 1938 and was a son of the late H. Frank and Bernice (Gibbs) Newcity. He is a longtime Bristol resident and retired as a Master Chief from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service. Dick was a member of St. Matthew Church, and St. Matthew School Board, Forestville. He enjoyed golfing, record collecting, ball room dancing and was a member of the Military Honor Guard of CT, the Officers Club of CT, and the Broadcasting Club. Besides his wife Dick is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Jennifer Pryde and her husband Charles, of Lithia, FL; two sons and daughters in law, Mark Newcity and his wife Lisa, of Barrington, RI and Andrew Newcity and his wife Tara, of New Hartford; four grandchildren Emma and Julia Newcity and Katie and Ashley Pryde; a brother and sister–in-law Paul Newcity and his wife Sharon, of Harwinton and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday (January 20, 2011) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Matthew Church for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 AM. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the St. Joseph cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday between 5 and 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew School 33 Welch Drive Bristol, CT 06010.

His son Mark is also on Find A Grave.


Mark A. Newcity, 51, of Bristol, Connecticut died on November 18, 2014. Mark was born May 4, 1963 in Patuxent River, Maryland to Richard and Patricia (Kinosh) Newcity. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1981 and from the University of Connecticut in 1986 (where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity). Mark earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1989 and he practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut and in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a history buff and an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, and his beloved UConn Huskies. He also enjoyed family vacations at Cape Cod, gardening, golfing, and long walks with his dog Daisy. When his children were young, he resided in North Attleboro, Massachusetts where he was a soccer coach for the North Soccer Club. Mark was happiest when spending time with his children who will remember him for his devotion as a father, his sense of humor, his intelligence and guidance, as well as for making the best pancakes in the world.

Mark is survived by his two daughters, Emma Carol Newcity and Julia Patricia Newcity of Barrington, Rhode Island, his mother Patricia Newcity of Bristol, Connecticut, his sister Jennifer (Newcity) Pryde of Lithia, Florida, his brother Andrew Newcity of New Hartford, Connecticut, as well as extended family throughout Connecticut. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Newcity in 2011. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joe Palladino was asking me in an email if I knew something about Richard Newcity since I had researched the Newcity family. 

Hi Pierre – we visited with a cousin of mine today and ancestry topics came up, as they always do (he receives a calendar also) – and he mentioned that he once knew a Newcity, Frank A., born, died, buried in Bristol, Conn. – and it seems more than likely that he is part of the family tree somewhere, although I cannot seem to place him.

Does a Richard Newcity ring any bells for you? He was a career Navy man.

I have attached his info from Find A Grave –

Take care – Joe P

I did not have anything on Richard Newcity but I was curious to find out who were his ancestors. 

See you on January 1st, 2022 

Joseph Lagassé – Epilogue Part 3

You will find this on the original blog…

Joseph Lagassé – Epilogue Part 2

I could never have imagined that I would have written that many posts on Our Ancestors back in September 2009. I have eased up a bit in 2021. In 2016, I did not know Joseph Lagassé had died on January 17, 1947. He was 99 years-old. 

Almost ten years ago this is what I had written on this blog…  

This story really started 1027 posts ago with the story of Doris who wanted to visit Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec where her ancestors once had lived.


I acted as a guide. After her two-day visit, she wanted me to translate what I had written in French on my blog Nos ancêtres so her distant relatives she had in Louisiana could read it. Our Ancestors grew from there. I just continued on with stories about my genealogical research in the hope of making contact with distant relatives living  in the United States since my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé emigrated in Bristol, Connecticut in 1889.

picture from Dennis 2

Stanislas Lagacé with two grandchildren Mary and Harvey

In 2009 or 2010, I knew Joseph Lagassé was my great-grandfather’s brother, but he was just a name on a census page.

1852 Census

Then I found his baptismal act.


20 August, 1848

Where he had lived in 1861…

1861 Census

In 1871…

1871 Census

Who he had married in 1878…


Where he had lived with Edwina in 1900…

1900 Census

with their only child, their son Robert on the next page…

1900 Census Robert Lagasse

Where the couple had lived in 1940…

1940 Census

In 1942…

1942 Directory

Source Ancestry

When they died…


source Find a Grave

Where they rest in peace…

Forestville Cemetery

source Find a Grave

I knew little I knew about my second great-uncle Joseph until last Friday when Joe Palladino wrote a comment on the blog, and wanted to upload old pictures. Since Joe couldn’t, I wrote him a personal  message…


Joseph Miller Lagasse?

I believe this is young Joseph Lagassé in 1869 when he reached 21. I think  his wife Edwina Newcity is probably one of these three women, probably she is the one in the back since Edwina was the youngest daughter of Edward Villeneuve and Scholastique Aveline dit St. Jules.


We will probably never know for sure if Edwina Newcity is on that picture because my second theory is that it could be Joseph Lagassé’s sisters Elmire, Agnes and Marie-Anne on that picture.

The search goes on and on…

Now, I feel 2022 will be a great year for our ancestors starting with this photo of Eva Mocciolo.