Keeping their memories alive

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Updated 29 April 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!

Unknown people

I have little to go on trying to identify people on this photo, but I can try….

Unknown names

Pauline sent it.

Hello Pierre,

Hope you are well!!  Just curious about some photos sent to me by Jacques. Neither of us knows who are in these photos except one of them (with children) might be Dr. Gagnon (Joseph?) and Eugene Gagnon to his left?  Could this be a graduation perhaps (diploma in hand?)

Dr. Gagnon.Eugene.Unknowns

The other is a formal shot and I would love to know who is in that photo too. 

Unknown names

I would also like to learn more about Dr. Joseph Gagnon (son of Francois Xavier Gagnon.)


This postcard shows his home/pharmacy but I haven’t found too much about his employment. Curious, where did he get his training? Might he have been a pharmacist? Looks like he made a good living!!

Thanks for any help you can give me on the photos. (Curious, do you know a photo/face recognition mechanism that might help?)   You are the master, so I start with you!! 🙂


Hope you and your family stay well. Thanks for keeping the genealogy quest alive with your blog too! 🙂


Lost ancestors?

Lost ancestors?

Are you lost when you are looking for your lost French-Canadians ancestors?

Well look no more because I probably wrote about them on my blogs Our Ancestors and Our Ancestors II. I have written more than 1,000 posts on both blogs. So if you want to know more about François-Xavier Métayer who became F.X. Meteyer when he emigrated to the U.S and also about his wife Clara Niquet also spelled Niquette, then this will give you the scope of my research on these two ancestors.

First I will start with Clara Niquet. This is Marie Rose Clara standing besides her husband François-Xavier on a photo taken in 1916.

This is the original photo most probably taken in Rochester, New York.

This is Clara again seen on a family picture taken in Rochester, New York in 1938.

I am good with comparing faces and I am sure this is Clara Niquet with her son Ernest Darius Meteyer, seen behind her, his wife Josephine Munding and all their children. I could go on and on about who’s who on that picture, and in fact I did go on and on when I wrote about them here on Our Ancestors II.

The Meteyer Family – Season I, Episode 1 – Summer of 38

Getting back to Clara, she was the daughter of Pierre Niquet and Rose-Délima Montmarquet…

This is her family tree with some missing branches. It goes back to the first Niquet ancestor. Clara has a tiny drop of royal blood, but another long story.

A closer look to Clara’s family tree…

Now what about F.X. Meteyer whose brother was Édouard-Elzéar Métayer seen in the middle in the first row and who had a twin brother?

In fact, his mother had two sets of twins. Édouard-Elzéar and Alfred born on June 10, 1844, and then Geneviève and Étienne born on September 2, 1857.

Who were F.X. Meteyer’s parents?

I will tell you more next time on Our Ancestors II because this might become much more confusing to follow.

Going back to Rochester, New York in 1916

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.

How I first learned about Phoebe’s existence…? — Our Ancestors

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you. Original post published in July 2010 My new found distant cousin Sandy posted a message on my new Ancestry family tree page. I had decided last month to migrate my family tree from My Heritage to Ancestry. […]

How I first learned about Phoebe’s existence…? — Our Ancestors

I don’t remember where I got this story.

Maybe someone wrote me asking me for help and then I found this in my search.

Now I remember who wrote me on Ancestry…

Bonjour Pierre,

Nous sommes peut-être des relations de la famille Bleau. J’habite aux États-Unis, mais j’ai pu tracé ma famille assez loin. Ora (Laura) Bleau était mon arrière-arrière grand-mère. Ceci est le compte de ma mère qui est malheureusement décédée juillet dernier.

Bernice was Ora’s daughter…

The Meteyer Family – Season 1, Episode 6 – Meet the Mundings

The Meteyer Family – Season 1, Episode 6 – Meet the Mundings

This new blog about our ancestors is a sort of experiment. I have had very few readers from now, but having lots of readers is beside the point.

One day someone will stumble upon this blog and feel somewhat overwhelmed. This is what happens when someone stumble upon the original Our Ancestors where I posted more than 1500 articles.

Having met the Meteyer family in 1938, the search is on for descendants of the Munding family.

Josephine Munding, Ernest Darius Meteyer’s wife, is seen here with her parents Joseph Munding and Margaret Ritz, and her sister Anna Martha Munding.

Shared by Michael Meteyer’s sister last October, I have been able to find out who were most of these people and write about them a little on Our Ancestors II.

Last week this is what I had written…

I won’t even try to identify all these people nor ask you to count how many you see.


Do you honestly believe what I had written?

Last week I remembered Grace Kenealy’s niece.

She was found here on Find A Grave…

Chances are slim I will ever be contacted by her descendants, maybe one chance in a quadrillion?


What about identifying some ancestors on this group photo? Why not start with the baby Josephine Munding was holding in the spring of 1916 in Rochester, New York.

Tune in next Sunday morning for Season 1, Episode 7 – Ernest Charles Meteyer on Our Ancestors II.

As always, always feel free to contact me… It’s always free!

The Meteyer Family – Season 1, Episode 5 – Still waiting to be remembered

The Meteyer Family – Season 1, Episode 5 – Still waiting to be remembered

Where all this will lead us to I still have no idea and it’s the most exciting part of writing about it.

Twenty-two people were on this photo taken in Rochester in 1938, and some are ancestors still waiting to be remembered.

Michael Meteyer’s sister had shared this photo last October and I have managed to find out were most of these people and write about it on Our Ancestors II.

I won’t even try to identify all these people nor ask you to count how many you see.


Last week I think I have found one child…

Patricia Kenealy

Patricia Kenealy montage

She was Grace Kenealy’s niece and she is remembered here…

As always, always feel free to contact me… It’s always free!