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So What is this site
Its about all things LACHANCE and all
This is my personal portal of sometimes useless trivia
that may have no relevance to you at all. On the other
hand, it may hold the answers to the questions you may
have about your family roots. This is the place where
I can do something I enjoy ... "genealogy" aka
"collecting sometimes living and otherwise dead
So, you ask - What IS genealogy, exactly?
It's all a matter of personal interpretation. My own attempt
to define the word, in an exact sense, has failed, as
have all attempts to understand the whys and wherefores.
All I know is that - once you begin, you cannot stop.
Read on for more.
Websters Definition - ge·ne·al·o·gy
Etymology: Middle English genealogie, from Middle French,
from Late Latin genealogia, from Greek, from genea race,
family + -logia -logy; akin to Greek genos race.
Date: 14th century
1 : an account of the descent
of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older
2 : regular descent of a person, family,
or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form :
PEDIGREE (a register recording a line of ancestors)
3 : the study of family pedigrees
Definition according to "moi"
Genealogy is the relentless pursuit of seeking ones roots,
perhaps one's ancestors, and maybe others. It is the neverending
search for "history" or better yet, "family
history". It is the documenting of "events
and circumstances of how I got where I am today"
ergo; "from whence I came".
Genealogy is also about addication, the consumption of time and more important,
it's about having fun. If you're not prepared, hang on to
your hat, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
I am the first to admit that I suffer from Genealogy
. What? You don't know about this
affliction? " Click here to
open the page in a new window. ".
and find out what it is.
Most of us don't care about it...until it's too late.
If you have the slightest bit of interest, whether you
are young or old, START NOW!
older relatives all of the questions you can about their
lives; where did you go to school; when; what was it like;
when was the first time you rode in a car; what was the
funniest thing that ever happened to you? Nothing is too
trivial because it all tells a story. If you ARE the older
relative, write it down, do it now, leave something for
those that follow you.
Life is short but it can be more valuable if we know how
we got to where we are today. This "genealogy"
unites people and families and creates a sense of belonging,
especially in times when family bonds are so fragile,
not as tight as a hundred years ago.
- (a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that
lead toward a particular result).
Genealogy is the process of finding
YOUR family tree. It can create bonds and friendships between family
members and distant relatives that never before existed. It may leave
you with a deep respect and awe for those who came before you, YOUR
ancestors. You may uncover a skeleton or two along the way, you may find
out things you really didn't need (or want for that matter) to know, but,
that's okay, we all have our "skeletons" and rattling some of
those old bones may help you shed new light on your own life.
- (History; an account of incidents or events; a statement
regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in question).
Genealogy tells a story, a sometimes poignant
tale of how we got to be here, sharing the same small
planet, today. It is an appreciation and a memorial
to our ancestors whose lives may have an air of insignificance
at the time. Genealogy is a way for us to understand
our habits, our features, our traits, even the reason
your second toe is longer than your big toe. It helps
to explain, and helps each of us to understand, the
unique mold from which we were cast, the mold that makes
each of us "individuals" (with a few quirks
that you might be able to blame on your great great
- (the principle or determining cause or will by which things
in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen
as they do).
Fate is a phenomenon that occurs when looking into the lives
of our ancestors. It may not have mattered to them at the time (as it
may not matter to you right now). It may have just been their struggle
to survive (as each of us struggle to survive in our own way). It is certain,
however, that either way, we may not have been
here if just one single event in the life of any single one
of our ancestors had been done differently or had a different outcome.
If just one person made a decision to settle in town A opposed to town
B or, for instance, had gone to Germany during WWII instead of Japan,
it's most likely you would not be a part of the family you are in, or
come from, today.
Now you know what it is...your own research of your own family history may
- Ascending Genealogy
- The discovery of the ancestors of a single person. The work method
is simple: one searches for a person's parents, then
his grand-parents, and so on, until you end up back
as far as you can.
- Family Genealogy
- This would include the addition of cousins and other relatives. Some
researchers do the genealogy of each member of the family (of all the
brothers-in law, the sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, etc.) and will
seek out as many documents as possible on these people (land deeds,
published books, photographs, etc.). Others will simply try to discover
and collect all the names of this extended family without attempting
to seek other details.
- Descending Genealogy
- This consists of tracing all the descendants of one or more persons;
i.e. his children, grandchildren, etc. Some researchers glean all the
printed and other recorded materials available at their local library;
while the more enthusiastic will try to find all of the original registers
in parts of the world where their family name is to be found, as well
as the other variations of the name (such as "dit" names like "Pepin
dit Lachance") slowly expanding their research to include tens
of thousands of people, in addition to the origin of their spouses and
in-laws (useful in certain difficult cases but essential to do a thorough
job). A few will also include the children of the feminine descendants
even though the latter no longer carry the same name.
It's been my decision to "do it all
", and it may take
me a lifetime and I may never complete it, but it's one
heck of a start for the next person to come along and
go with it. So, there you have it. That's what these pages
are all about, my connections to the world at large...and
some other people too.
all this is my website.