40 Days | Day 23 | My Waterloo

img_6307Well, it was bound to happen. I guess after that Gold Rush in St. Louis, I had to go on a dry spell at some point.

I just came back from a two-day research at the Ontario Provincial Archives and the harvest has been awfully modest, to say the least. Continue reading

40 Days | Day 14 | A Day At The Archives

fullsizerender-126Home Sweet Home! Just before leaving for St. Louis I had found in a notary’s repertoire numerous contracts concerning the Arpajou family—I’m working on the ancestors of Sophie Arpajou married to Charles Tourville. While perusing said documentation, I stumbled upon the name Bangle. Continue reading

40 Days | Day 12 | Back in St. Louis—Enjoying the City and its County Library

img_6287After having greatly enjoyed our time together, my friend Diane and I had to say goodbye last Sunday morning. She was on her way to the local airport and I had to drive back from Springfield, IL to catch my flight to Montréal at the St. Louis airport. There I was with a few more hours to seize the day.

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40 Days | Day 11 | Goodbye, Springfield, IL and 2016 FGS Conference!

IMG_6019 2Here I am at home returning from the 2016 FGS Conference which was held in Springfield, Illinois. I wish I could have published every day on this blog but that quickly proved to be an impossible task. The first session began at 8AM and the last one ended at 6PM, which was followed by evening events. Continue reading

40 Days | Day 7 | Goodbye, St. Louis and Hello, Springfield!

IMG_6019 2I could tell you that Day 6 was a leisurely one with visits to the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse and the Old Cathedral but a genealogist can’t stay away too long from a repository. So after all that walking, in the afternoon, I went to the St. Louis County Public Library where there is an entire floor dedicated to genealogy with enthusiastic and helpful staff. I was working on people living in Cahokia, Illinois and Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (what a coincidence!). Liz Loveland, who was there as well, made quite a fabulous find herself. Continue reading

40 Days | Day 5 | Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher, Illinois and Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

What a gorgeous and sunny day it was! So hot and humid though!

Here are some pictures that will give you an idea of the day spent in company of Liz Loveland: Continue reading

40 Days | Day 4 | St. Louis, Missouri

IMG_5619Well, that was fun! I’m so sorry to leave the fantastic Missouri History Museum & Research Center, but with all my hard work, I feel I have done the best that I could. Let’s see what I will be bringing back home: Continue reading

40 Days | Day 3 | St. Louis, Missouri

IMG_5619Before stopping by its Research Center, I thought of going to the Missouri History Museum but at the last minute, I sat on the fence as I was a bit tired. Then I got a tweet from Liz Loveland and off I went to pick her up at her hotel for a quick visit to the museum. If you haven’t seen it and plan to come to St. Louis, keep that one on your list. Two majors reasons: it is free and it has plenty of exhibits for every taste—Route 66, The Little Black Dress (mourning dress for us genealogy and history buffs) and the 1904 World Fair. Continue reading

40 Days | Day 2 | St. Louis, Missouri

skinker 1Overwhelmed, that’s the word. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying this negatively. Bien au contraire! I guess this is St. Louis’ way to make me feel as welcome as I always dreamed I would be. Continue reading

40 Days

Missouri History Museum - Front 2012No less than 40 days of genealogy, that’s what I’m talking about. It’s my reward, I have been dreaming about this forever. A real 100% pure genealogy vacation—with virtually no weather issues at hand! Well, we’re not there yet. Still have to wait… 40 days!

What’s the plan? Well, let’s see. I sure do not want to tell you everything right off the bat. But let me say this, my trip will get off to a great start. For those of you who read my posts regularly, any hint of where I always wanted to go? Continue reading