Genealogy Investigations in Missouri and Illinois #2: Sophie Rousselle and her three—or four—husbands

Sophie RousselleÉmilie‘s sister and third-born child of Pierre Rousselle and Françoise Gagné—was born on November 19, 1807. She was baptized one month later, on December 20, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, in Florissant, Missouri.

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French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #17 John Greenough

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John Greenough is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as John Green on Page 295 (stamped-left page), Line 12, Household 11, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 13, 14 and 15:

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Montréal Newspaper Nuggets: Charles Tourville (1840-1916)

Charles Tourville is my great-great-grandfather. He was born in Lachenaie in 1840. He moved to Montréal with his parents and siblings in 1862, and married three years later my great-great-grandmother Marie-Louise Lascelle. Continue reading

Manitoba Newspaper Nuggets: Marie-Louise Tourville (née Labelle) (1858-1931)

Residential Brandon. Looking West. Credit: Albertype Company/Library and Archives Canada/PA-031622

As you may remember, some of Prosper Tourville and Julie Bélisle’s children emigrated to the West. While daughters Marie-Louise and Julia, and son Magloire (Mack) settled in Montana—Marie-Louise will actually return with third husband to Montréal—, their son Napoléon and wife Marie-Louise Labelle had chosen Brandon, Manitoba as their home—and so did Napoléon’s brother David.

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Genealogy Investigations in Missouri and Illinois #1: Charles Tourville and Émilie Rousselle

By now, you ought to know about my passion for Tourvilles living in Missouri. What basically started with the sole objective of coming up with the death places and dates of Charles Tourville and Émilie Rousselle’s two daughters turned into an extensive and captivating research project—a real obsession. Continue reading

The Bangle Files: #30 | The Two Lost Brothers

Of the twelve children born to William Bangle (1765-1821) and Marie Tourville (1778-1853), two are nowhere to be found: Joseph-Hippolyte, born in 1806, and his brother Félix, born in 1812.

Let’s start with the youngest. Félix was born on June 13, 1812, and was baptized on the following day, in the parish of Saint-Henri, in Mascouche. This is the only recorded event I got for this child: no clue about a marriage or a burial, no nothing. Until a man called Philip D. Bangle caught my attention. On Find A Grave Website, his birth year is 1813. He was married to Polly Ann Loing. Hum… Philip, Félix… I decided he was worth a careful investigation! Continue reading

Montana Newspaper Nuggets: Julia Berube (née Tourville) (1853-1920)

I have written previously about Julie Roture dite Bélisle who married Prosper Tourville on August 25, 1845, at Notre-Dame Church, in Montréal. Many of their children went West—some in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, others in Montana, USA. Continue reading


I cannot believe that 2017 is over! I am afraid to run over my statistics as I am not convinced it was my most productive year. And it has nothing to do with lack of ideas—rather schedule issues I would say. My non-genealogy job keeps me very busy.

Well, the past is the past! After having caught up with my sleep, let’s focus on planning the new year. Continue reading


This year, I cannot join the NEHGS Salt Lake City Tour. I am literally heartbroken. I know for almost a year that I am unable to attend because of my non-genealogy day job schedule but still… Continue reading