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The Acadien (#47535334)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 11 days
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Bio Photo Genealogy first piqued my interest back in the mid 1970s, though I had always been one who enjoyed listening to stories of yesteryear, looked forward to visiting with aunts, uncles, and cous- ins, and liked having close ties with members of my extended family (thanks to my parents). What started as a hobby quick- ly became a passion; and in short time, of course, it became an obsession. Fellow family historians will know exactly what that means.

In the four decades which have since passed, I've badgered and bothered scores of wonderful cousins, collected boxes and boxes of 'family notes', tracked our family roots through four centuries (back to the era of Samuel Champlain), compiled a variety of personal manuscripts and charts, and spent count- less hours hunting down family burial sites in cemeteries near and far. My ancestral connections are 99% French — mostly 'Acadien' on my dad's side, mostly 'Québecois' on my mom's — with a 1% spattering of English and American Indian.

As the late French-Canadien historian Raymond Douville once wrote:
'... it may be impossible to know where we're going — but we can always find out where we've been'.

Documenting one's family history is a reward unto itself; but to memorialize those who came before us, as well as family mem- bers and friends who were once part of our lives, is a simple yet heartfelt gesture that says: 'You may be gone, but you're not forgotten'.

Special thanks to Jim Tipton, the founder of '', to the good folks who work hard to maintain this website, and to the many volunteer contributors — especially those who go the extra distance to put a smile on someone's face.


I count myself among the contributors who have no interest in possessively managing thousands of memorials; yet I'm grate- ful to those who regularly add dozens of new memorials — with a willingness to transfer the ones they don't personally know. Likewise, I'll gladly transfer to family members or friends any of the memorials I've created — as long as they're not personally connected to me in some way. And from a genealogical point of view, I have a special appreciation for those who carefully research and accurately document the past. We all make mis- takes, but there's a vast amount of misinformation and sloppy documentation on the internet.

If I happen to fulfill a photo request for you, I'm glad to do so. Feel free to use any of those photos as you wish. I really don't need (or expect) any personal credit for snapping a photo or two; just pay it forward if you can — by helping someone else. It's a good feeling to know that you've made someone's day.
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Debbie G Morrogh
RE: Michel Cormier #167766991
Thank you so much for that info. Perhaps you could add that to his bio on his memorial? What I would give to be able to hire a professional with the equipment to excavate that cemetery. I went yesterday & my GG grandmothers grave had been overtaken by the grass. If I hadn't known exactly where she was buried, I'd never had found her again. There's so many people that were buried there during the yellow fever epidemics. I'd love to know how many headstones are covered with dirt & grass.
Added by Debbie G Morrogh on Oct 10, 2016 10:20 AM
Debbie G Morrogh
Michel Cormier #167766991
I have a question. Why do you conclude he was buried in Yellow Fever cemetery in Washington and not at St Landry in Opelousas? The records I found in Father Heberts books say he was buried Wednesday, 30 Dec 1790. [Opel Ch vol 1, page 14].
Added by Debbie G Morrogh on Oct 10, 2016 6:26 AM
Thank you
Thank you so much my friend. You and your wife were so instrumental in making Mo's last year a wonderful, happy and peaceful one. And sharing in her death, in her home, as she would have wanted. With you there. Taking her out to lunches. Making her feel like her "normal" self. These are things you should always take to heartI think, but don't know because there is no one to tell me, that September 11th is there anniversary. There are so many times I turn to Mo to ask her something forgetting she is not here anymore. And I drag my fathers desk around!!
Added by Daughter on Sep 11, 2016 3:45 PM
Antoine LeBlanc
Ditto for Antoine...
Added by Anita on Sep 01, 2016 8:44 AM
Marie LeBlanc
Thanks for you input on Marie - I've added it to her memorial and have given you credit...
Added by Anita on Sep 01, 2016 8:29 AM
Teresa Kucera
RE: re: Patrick Dubay
You are welcome. It was a little like finding a needle in a haystack, but was glad that I found it!!
Added by Teresa Kucera on Jul 20, 2016 9:42 AM
Diane Blair

Not a problem Ron. Memorial transferred.
Unfortunately I don’t live in the area. I am 9 long hours away, so I won’t be able to photograph for you.
If I find my old records I’ll be sure to put them up, but when I was there I wasn’t able to completely finish photographing the cemetery.


Added by Diane Blair on Jun 05, 2016 7:03 PM
Janet Whitson
Calvary O'Donnells
Thank you for the permission.

Janet Whitson 48049943
Added by Janet Whitson on Jan 11, 2016 9:49 AM
Janet Whitson
O'Donnells in Calvary Cemetery
Would you be willing to place your photos of Patrick J O'Donnell's #117238936 gravestone on the entries I made for his children whose names are also on the stone- Margaret M, Mary E, John J, Catherine C, and Ann Rita. I just finished the research. Their mother, Margaret Kelly, is my great grand aunt. I appreciate you having taken the original photo for me.

Janet #48049943

Margaret M #156796539
Mary E #156796650
John J #156796902
Catherine C #156796792
Ann Rita #156797017
Added by Janet Whitson on Jan 06, 2016 5:20 PM
Anne Brandt
Mary Maher
Thank you for the information regarding Mary Maher. I have made the changes.

Added by Anne Brandt on Nov 13, 2015 4:39 PM
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