Missing Man Found After Decades: Louis Rail (abt 1798-1854)

recherche theme_1After such a busy month (ChallengeAZ 2016) and vaguely dealing with the idea of rewarding myself with well-deserved time off, I—guess what?—ended up on the Web. I then realized that the Holy Family Parish records for Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois were available on Family Search. For those unfamiliar with the area, Cahokia and St. Louis, Missouri almost face each other across the Mississippi River. Continue reading

Travel 2016: My Trip to Vermont ~ Day 1

IMG_5265First day on the road today on my Vermont Research Trip!

As it was supposed to rain in the afternoon, my sister and I rushed to the South Hero Cemetery to take pictures of the headstones I didn’t have time to photograph during my last visit. They can be found on Find-A-Grave but I like to have my own pictures, especially when that place is not that far from home. Continue reading

The Montana Widow: The Husbands of Marie-Louise Maloney Beach Demers (née Tourville) (1864-1928)

I indeed have kind of mixed relationships with Find-A-Grave: I especially love it when it provides us with exclusive information; but it can sometimes lead to frustrations over lack of accuracy when it comes to dates or when photos are so small one cannot decipher the headstones’ inscriptions. Continue reading

Véronique Tourville Roland (née Caillou) (~1812-1841)

When I look at the public member trees on Ancestry with regard to Véronique Caillou, I note that details about her come in various ways:

  • Most of the trees give no parents for her with an approximate birth year of 1813,
  • Others show her with François Thomas Caillou and Marie-Eugénie Harpin, as parents, with a birthdate of June 3, 1813,
  • And, finally, some with no parents with a birthdate of June 3, 1813.

I think these members might have been misled. Continue reading