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Bathurst Mill (Gloucester, New Brunswick) – b/w rppc | Forestry Fridays: Historic Views of Lumber Mills & Logging Scenes in Eastern Canada

This is a black and white rppc of the Bathurst Co. Ltd. pulp and paper mill which provided employment for thousands of New Brunswickers  (including my Lagace ancestors ) during the 20th century.


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February 26, 2010 Posted by | . | | 2 Comments

When Bicycling Wasn’t Just A Leisure Activity

The theme for this issue of I Smile For The Camera (hosted by Shades of the Departed) is Travel so I’ve decided to share this image of my mother and one of my uncles in the late 1940s near West Bathurst, New Brunswick. At that time bicycles were an important form of transport for families in many rural communities – especially large families like that of my grandparents Adelard Lagace and Eveline Luce who had 14 children in all!


Golda Lagace & Clifford Dick Lagace in 1948


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November 9, 2009 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Desperately Seeking Elizabeth(3) Eureka!

In my first two posts I described some of the steps I had followed in trying to determine who my great-grandmother Elizabeth Doucet’s parents were. After comparing data on all the “Elisabeths” that she could be, I’d arrived at the conclusion that she was probably the daughter of a certain Alexander Doucet of Robertsville and that was as far as I could get.

I also left a note asking anyone who knew more about these Doucets of the Bathurst, New Brunswick area to contact me. Well – as so often happens when we share our family research online – I got lucky and was contacted by someone researching the same lineage – Janice Cushman. Janice is building her son’s line and he descends from Elizabeth Doucet through her son Arthur Legacy, one of my grandfather Adelard Lagace’s brothers. Janice told me that Arthur Lagace immigrated to western Canada – something which was a complete surprise to the hundreds of Lagaces living here in Montreal and back in New Brunswick!

Coming back to Elizabeth – while researching this line  independently, Janice had also arrived at the conclusion that Elizabeth was the daughter of Alexander Doucet of Robertville, but she had one more piece of the puzzle – a copy of Elizabeth Doucet’s death certificate which  proved that Elizabeth’s parents  were Alexandre Doucet and Marie Roy. She’s given me permission to share it with you, so here is an extract with the crucial detail: Continue reading

November 8, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Lagace Homestead in 1950s Bathurst, New Brunswick: Home Sweet Home

The theme of the September Canadian Carnival of Genealogy is Home Sweet Home, so I thought this would be the perfect occasion to share a black and white photograph of my mother’s childhood home near Bathurst, New Brunswick.

Lagace Homestead BathurstMy maternal grandparents Adelard Lagace and Eveline Melvine Luce had 14 children in that house:  7 boys (Cleophas Clifford, Patrice Alderic,  V.J.L., D.L., R.L., A.L. and Adelard “Sonny” Lagace) and 7 girls (my mother G.L., Bertha,, .L., M.L., B.L., L.L. and Lorraine). After my grandfather’s death in 1959, my grandmother headed to Montreal with her threee youngest children.

Eveline Luce was following in the footsteps of her older children and many other New Brunswickers who had formed a large Acadian community in the heart of Verdun, Quebec. The Lagaces are actually of Quebec French Canadian stock but those who settled in the Bathurst area intermarried over many generations with Acadians and many of their descendants identify with the Acadian community.

Nowadays, the Duggars are featured on their own television show for having 14 children! What a change in attitude in only 2 generations from big families as the norm to big families as objects of fascination!

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August 30, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 3 Comments

Main Index: Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick





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July 5, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 1 Comment

Smile for the Camera – Wedding Belles

Edouard Theriault / Golda Lagace Wedding

Bathurst, New Brunswick



A playful moment after the wedding

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June 10, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 6 Comments

A Festival of Postcards: Main Street (Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada)

This was Main Street for our Lagaces in the mid-twentieth century.

Vintage Postcard: Bathurst, New Brunswick


Actual Size:

5 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches

14 cm. x 9 cm.

Postcard Back
Bathurst Back

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June 7, 2009 Posted by | . | | 6 Comments