Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Facebook Group

A new Facebook Group for L'Heureux Genealogy has been created for friends and descendants of our ancestor Simon Lereau. Join the group and start meeting your cousins.

Note that you must be a Facebook member to join the group. Being a member will also give you access to other groups such as the Genealogy Group which currently has 4,500 members.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

New Information on our Ancestor Simon Lereau

I have recently been made aware of new online information from the Programme de Recherche sur l'Émigration des Français En Nouvelle-France (PRÉFEN) at the Université de Caen Basse Normandie. Their website has a searcheable database with information on 4,730 of our French ancestors - and it includes our ancestor Simon Lereau.

In particular, it lists Simon as having been born in the parish of Saint-Martin in Igé (Orne) and baptized on October 10, 1624. Simon Guiet and Marguerite Lereau are listed as his godparents. See for yourself.

Igé is a few miles North of Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais, the town Simon always listed as his town of origin in France.

See where Igé is located with MapQuest.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Raoul L'Heureux Celebrates his 100th Birthday

Raoul L'Heureux celebrated his 100th birthday in 2005. He is, as far as we know, the oldest descendant of Simon Lereau. Ascendance: Raoul, Omer, Omer, Jean, François, François, Pierre, Pierre, Pierre, Simon.

Raoul, born on October 20, 1905, is the son of Omer L'Heureux and Albina Vigeant. He lives at Sacred Heart nursing home in New Bedford, MA. Raoul has an incredible 38 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren (as of Jan 2006).

At a gathering for his birthday, the following pictures were taken.

Raoul's children
Standing: Leo Rene L'Heureux, Rita Allemao, Raymond L'Heureux, Simone Ferreira, Norman L'Heureux, Lorraine Leonard.
Seated:Ralph L'Heureux, Raoul L'Heureux
Missing for the picture are Robert L'Heureux and Emile L'Heureux (deceased)

Four Generations
Richard Daniel L'Heureux great grandson
Richard Raymond L'Heureux Grandson
Raymond Hervey L'Heureux Son
Raymond Albert L'Heureux Grandson
Raoul L'Heureux (Seated)

These pictures were provided by Raymond (son of Raoul) and Jeanne L'Heureux (née Caron). In the second group picture, Richard and Raymond are their sons and Richard Daniel is their grandson.