Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Alphonse Richard

Welcome to my first 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post! I had originally intended to start by writing about each of my great grandparents in a specific order. However, now that I've learned that this challenge is officially happening and there are weekly prompts we're supposed to use to pick an ancestor, I've decided to be a little more flexible. I'll still be doing one generation completely before moving on to the next, but I'll determine the order within that generation based on the prompts.

For week 1, the prompt is "Start". So, I chose Alphonse Richard, because when I started my family tree in high school, it was the Richard line that led me down the rabbit hole, resulting in a lifelong genealogy addiction.

Seriously, how cool is this picture?!
Alphonse Richard was born in Dakota Territory in 1889, the son of Albert Richard and Arthemise Ducharme. In 1899 the family moved north to St. Fran├žois Xavier, Manitoba.

In 1910, Alphonse married Bertha Daigneault, daughter of Narcisse Daigneault and Domitilde Perras. They had 7 children, including my paternal grandmother, Clemence Richard.

Alphonse died in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, in 1960, and is buried in Green Acres Memorial Gardens just outside the city.

For more details about Alphonse's life, plus all my sources, take a look at his WikiTree profile. I keep that up-to-date with all my research.

Taking another look at Alphonse's life has been a great start to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. I thought of him as someone that I was "done" researching, as much as that's ever true. I knew his parents, his siblings, his wife, all his children, and had lots of sources for him. But when I looked at his WikiTree profile, I hadn't edited it in 3 and a half years! In just a few days of focusing my efforts on him, I got more photos of him from my aunt who has been digitizing her photo collection, found his obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press archive, took a look at all his census records and found a few new details in them, and totally revamped his profile, writing a nice bio and improving my source citations.

Tune in next week for week 2 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, with the prompt of "Favourite Photo"!

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