Big Data and Data Analytics in Genealogy

August 8, 2016

Big Data and Data Analytics is every where, even in Genealogy.

I have worked in Big Data throughout my business career. At one time, managed a database of 30 million customers with 10 plus years of customer transaction data for multiple different products. That is big house-holding and tracking address changes was a challenge when we built our customer profile

That is nothing compared to managing my family tree. Its not as big as that database at work. I just have 13 generations of descendants of Louis Loisel that first came to Canada in 1643. That means over 50,000 individuals, 19,000 marriages, over 12,000 attached photos and documents, email list for over 1,000 extended family member.  Many family members before 1930s might have had multiple name spellings and the surname used at birth was likely a different name from the one used at death, and that wasn’t because of marriages.

I am looking for a database manager to clean the data to prepare for data analysis.

Are you interested? Any tips for managing genealogy databases? Let me know by posting a comment below.


Where in the world are the Loisel descendants?

April 12, 2016

To date, we have documented over 17,000+ descendants of Louis Loisel  that first came to Canada in 1643, son of Louis Loisel and Jeanne LeTerrier from St Germain de La Blanche Herb in Normandie, France.

Here is a map of the locations of these 14+ generations of descendants starting from France [click here for enlarged image: Loisel by country ]

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Of course most of the descendants are in Quebec and across Canada and the US. [click here for enlarged image: Loisel by State ]

Around Canada and US

And here are the top locations by # of persons in city [click here for enlarged image: Loisel by city of birth ]

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Thanks to colleague Alexei Marcilio for creating the maps for us!

Are we missing you and your branch of the family in the family tree?  If so, let us know!  Descendants of Louis Loisel go by the surnames variations including: Loisel, Loiselle, Wisell, Sinotte, Sinnotte, Synott among others.




Transcribing Old French to read Loisel birth certificates in France

February 1, 2016

Our Loisel ancestor first came to Canada from France around 1643. His parents were from France. What we know about his parents, Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier, and his siblings Philippe Loiselle and Marie-Madeleine Loiselle are provided here:

I really hope that we can trace the birth/death certificates for this family. So far, I found Louis Loysel’s birth certificate on the internet:

Louis Loysel baptism record

So far, with Kenneth Loiselle’s help, I have come up wit the following transcription:

On the left-hand margin, it definitely says “Baptism of Louis Loisel.”

en Samedi Second ????
? Lois Loysel fils de louis et de
????? ???? baptised par
notre ?????? pbre ??? de
????? et ???? par ??? julieltt???
??? pbre ????

Per Kenneth “pbre”  is a term used for priests in the Old Regime

Kenneth Loiselle provides this website to get more tips for deciphering French handwriting :

I will try to visit the UofT library soon to see if they are able to help us.

So sometime, when the funds and the time become available, will take a trip, but not the last week of Jun and first week of July because they are closed then for summer holidays.  Per Kenneth, the place to go is the Archives Departementales du Calvados in Caen [ ].  We will be able to provide the archivist with the details of the birthplace of Courseulles-sur-Mer and estimated dates, so they will be able to tell us which series to look for “acte de naissance pour l’Ancien Régime avant la Révolution française” (the series are different before and after the Revolution of 1789).

If anyone is planning a trip to France and the Normandy coast and wants to try checking things out, let us know!



Where in the world is Rue Loiselle (or Loiselle St)?

September 27, 2015

There are Rue Loiselle or Loiselle Streets all over the place.

Here is one in Saint-Dominique, Quebec: Rue Loiselle, Saint-Dominique, Quebec

Rue Loiselle in Saint Dominique Quebec

And there are more:

Let me know where yours is!

Are you related to Bertha Loiselle Hurley?

September 24, 2015

Are you related to Bertha Loiselle Hurley?

Bertha Loiselle Hurley is daughter of Napoleon Loiselle and Amelia Girard. Napoleon would have gone to Connecticut from Stoke QC around 1910.  Jean Baptiste Loiselle who married Marie-Anne Beaudry in 1719 is third generation descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot. our first Canadian ancestor!

Ancesters  for Napoleon Loiselle

Here is her obituary from Sep 20, 1918.

Norwich bulletin. (Norwich, Conn.) 1895-2011, September 20, 1918, Page 2, Image 2

Is Robert Harry Loiselle your long lost great great uncle!

September 24, 2015

I came across this article about the funeral of Robert Harry Loiselle that died in 1906 in Salt Lake City. Let me know if if he is your long lost great great uncle. He apparently moved from New York to Salt Lake City as part of the production of Corianton in 1902 and then went on to open his own dance school.

The Salt Lake herald., February 19, 1906, Page 10, Image 10
RH Loiselle Passes Away
Salt Lake Dancing Teacher Succumbs to Pnemonia After Brief Illness.
Robert Harry Loiselle, known in Salt Lake as a dancing teach, died in the Holy Cross Hospital of pnemonia yesterday after a brief illness. He was 56 years old and was a native of New York.
While Mr Loiselle was a well known figure here, little is know of his antecedents. He came to Salt Lake to take chart of the ballet in Corianton, when that opera was produced here in 1902. He left the company before it disbanded and started a dancing class in the old St. Mark’s school house on East First South Street.
So far as known, Mr Loiselle left no family. The funeral will be held at 1 oclock Tuesday afternoon at the funeral chapel of Joseph William Taylor, 21 South West Temple Street.

In another article it talks about his friends that gathered to remember him at a memorial service.

The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), February 21, 1906, Page 10, Image 10
Loiselle’s funeral held
Friends Hold Services in Honor of the Late Dancing master.
Remarks were made by Bishop Whitaker in which he refered to Mr Loiselle as having died away from home and relatives but not without friends who had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to him with whom they had been pleasantly associated.

Do let us know if you are related to this adventuring, dancing Richard Harry Loiselle.

Generation 6: Prudent Loiselle-Sinot and his Children

July 22, 2013

The children of Prudent Loiselle migrate to Chile, Dakota’s and various points of New England …

 Aurora Loiselle 7th great granddaughter of Louis Loisel.png Prudent Loiselle-Sinot is 6th Generation of Loisel’s in Canada, descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.

Aurora Loiselle is great granddaughter of Moise Loiselle, and 10th generation descendant of Louis Loisel.

Aurora has a great collection of letters exchanged by Veronique Poulet and the children of Prudent Loiselle as the family was separated by the distance places that their lives took them. Aurora had copies of many of these photos and letters for display at the Louis Loisel descendants meeting in Jun 2013. A copy of a presentation that she created is attached here. Moyse Loiselle by Aurora Loiselle


Prudent Loiselle-Sinot was born Jan 22, 1797 in Beloeil Quebec. In his baptism certificate, his name was written at Prudent Sinode, his parents and godparents were listed as “Toussaint Sinode laboureur et de Josette Tetro…Le parain a ete Prudent Sinode et la marain Marie Anne Tetro”

Prudent was married twice and had a total of sixteen children. Click on the Family Chart below to see his children:

Prudent Loiselle Sinot Family chart

Prudent Loiselle Sinot Family

Prudent married first to Julie Tetreau on February 17, 1817.

February 17, 1817: Marriage de Prudent Loisel f. mn. feu Toussaint & Josephte Tetreau (S. Marc) et Julie Tetreau f. mn. Augustin et feu Cecile Tetreau (S. Marc); Dispense du 4e au 4e degree consanguinite. Tem. Antoine Guyon: beau-pere de l’epoux, Toussaint & Amable Loisel: freres de l’epoux; Edouard Tetreau: frere de l’epouse. (Xource: Transcript of Register of Paroisse St.-Marc-sur-Richelieu, Co. Vercheres, Quebec; LDS film # 1293424)

They were 3rd cousins!

Relationship Prudent Loiselle Sinot to Julie Tetreault Ducharme

Julia Tetreau died in childbirth in 1831 leaving behind 8 living children.  Prudent remarried to Veronique Poulet in 1833.

Prudent’s children ended up spreading across North America

  • Moise Loiselle b 1819 went to Fort Vancouver in 1856 working as a baker with with the Sisters of the Providence and arrived in Valparaiso, Chile in January 1859
  • Marguerite Loiselle b 1822 maried Isadore Jodoin in St Marc in 1846. They migrated to Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Mathias Loiselle b 1824 married Vitaline Provost in St Marc in 1848. They migrated to Bottineau, North Dakota
  • Abraham Loiselle b 1826 married Adele Charron in 1847 in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu and then remarried Elmire Lapierre in 1873 in St-Hyacinthe, QC. He was for a time in Lowell MA (1883) and died in 1909 in New Hampshire.
  • Odile Loiselel b 1828 married Marc Chicoine in St Marc in 1851.  They migrated to Sioux City Iowa on way to Jefferson South Dakota.
  • Prudent Loiselle b 1838 maried Philomene Jodouin in 1860 in St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. They migrated to Killingly, Connecticut

Abraham Loiselle and Adele Charron 1880

Abraham Loiselle and Odile Charron

Marc Chicoine and Odile Loiselle

Odile Loiselle and Marc Chicoine, 1881

    Joseph Trudel and Mathilde Loiselle 1889

Mathilde Loiselle and Joseph Trudel, 1889

Marguerite Loiselle in Manchester NH

Marguerite Loiselle married Isadore Jodoin

And perhaps there are other Prudent Loiselle descendants out there that have other letters and photos shared between the siblings as they were separated by distance.

Some Synott and Sinnett Cousins (How we are connected Part III)

July 17, 2013

In a previous post, we talked a little bit about “dit” names. There are a number of “dit” names used amongst descendants of Louis Loisel. This includes the surname spelling Sinotte, Synott and Sinnett.  The various versions of Loisel dit names are introduced here.

While the Synott and Sinnett surnames are most often “Irish”, we have confirmed most definately that there are indeed some Synott and Sinnett cousins.

From the “How we are Related Part III” chart provided below you can see that both Angela Rupert (of the Sinnett line) and Elizeth Davis (of Sinnett line) are Karen Sinotte’s 6th cousin once removed … and you can likely calculate how you too are related to these Cousins!

From the “How we are related Park III, you can see Elizabeth Davis, Angela Rupert and Pamela LaGrandeur share a common ancester in Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte (b. 1783) and Marie Josephte Pinsonneault  (married in St Marc) .  Making Elizabeth, Angela and Pamela 5th cousins 1x removed.

  • Pamela LaGrandeur is descendant of their son Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte b. 1807 in St Charles.  Pamela  is 12th generation in North America, 4th generation American. Her gg grandfather Augustus Synott migrated from St-Barnabe QC to Grafton MA about 1879 and then to Waterbury CT by 1889.  Why did Augustus Synottt to Waterbury CT while his brother’s descendants ended up in New York State?

In this chart “How we are Related III”, you can see that Angela (nee Dickerson) Rupert and Elizabeth Davis share a common ancester in Charles Loisel-dit-Sinott b. 1815 who married Isabelle Plante in 1841 in Saint-Hugues QC and ended up in New York State by 1850s.  That would make Elizabeth and Angela 5th cousins!

The Relationship Charts

How we are related Part IRelationship chart for Louis Loisel descendants that attended our meeting on June 29, 2013 How we are related Part IIIThis shows our relationship to the Sinnett’s and the Synott’s
Montreal Meeting How we are all related Jun 29 2013Click here for PDF Version of Part I How we are Related: Loisel History for Meeting in Montreal Jun 29 2013 How we are related Chart How we are related Part III Synott and SinnettClick here for PDF version of Part III of How We are Related:  How we are related Part III Synott and Sinnett

From the chart you can see that Elizabeth is descendant of their daughter Rose Sinnett.

  • Elizabeth Davis is expecting a new Loisel descendant in August so was unable to attend the Loisel family reunion this year. She is connected to the Loisel family tree through John Fields (Beauchamp) that married Rose Sinnett (sometimes recorded as Wiswell) in Mariah NY.  Rose Sinnett is 9th Generation descendant of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.  When this branch of the family migrated to New York State, their names were recorded in a number of different ways finally continuing on as Sinnett.
  • Elizabeth is actually “cousin” multiple times over because John Fields is a  descendant of Jean Beauchamps  that married Jeanne Loisel, Jeanne Loisel was daughter of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot!

Angela is descendant of their son, Joseph Loiselle-Sinotte, and several siblings, and their descendants ended up in Seattle WA.

  • Angela and her family live in PA now. Her sons have been on the lookout for their Canadian roots. While they weren’t able to make it to the Sinotte-Loiselle family gathering in Montreal last month, in the Summer 2012, they made their own pilgrimage to Montreal and had their own chance to explore Old Montreal.
  • Angela’s sons are 9th Generation Americans and 14th generation descendants of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot!
Angela Rupert and Family 2013 Allan Rupert and sons in Montreal on rue St Paul 2012
Angela Rupert and Family 2013.

Allan, Austin and Allan in Old Montreal in Summer 2012.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn about why Charles Loiselle-Sinnett choose to go to New York and how some of his children ended up making the trek out West. And why Augustin Synott ended up in Waterbury CT!

And how many more Sinnett and Synott cousins are there out there!

Instructions on how to read this chart are provided in previous post. All this is just provided for “fun”. If there are any errors … oops! You can let me know of any alternative points of view, and we can work together to resolve any information.

Tom Loiselle, one of our musical “cousins”

July 17, 2013

Tom Loiselle came up to join our Sinotte Loiselle Wisell gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013.  He came with his wife, Paula and son, Christopher, from Rhode Island.

Christopher Paula and Tom Loiselle

Lunch at the Serafim was a great choice because they let us really “take over” the space. This allowed some of the Loiselle talent to entertain us.

Tom Loiselle entertained the group with some of his own music.

Tom Loiselle the musician

Here are the lyrics to one of the songs that he performed.

Stay with me for Awhile
© 2011, Thomas E. Loiselle. All  rights reserved.
Intro (Verse Progression)  (1x)
Verse 1
I can see the light in your eyes  when you smile it makes me happy
I can hear the sound of your voice  when you laugh it makes me happy
And when you touch my hand then I  understand you love me
And when I hold you close then you  understand I love you
Verse 2
I can feel the beating of your heart when we are lying here together
I can stare at you when I’m awake  admiring your beauty
When I caress your face and look  into your eyes you look so lovely
When you look at me and see the  love I have for you it makes you happy
Chorus 1
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile?
Won’t you play with me and make me  smile?
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile…? La, da, da, da, da, da…
Verse 3
You can see the light in my eyes  when I smile it makes you happy
You can hear the sound of my voice  when I laugh it makes you happy
And when I touch your hand then  you understand I love you
And when you hold me close then I  understand you love me
Chorus 2
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile?
Won’t you play with me and make me  smile?
Won’t you stay with me for  awhile…? La, da, da, da, da, da…
And here is how Tom, Paula and Chris are connected to Louis Loisel who came to Canada in 1647.
Christopher Loiselle son of Tom and Paula is 12th generation 12. Chris Loiselle is the 12th generation descendant of Louis Loisel and 5th generation of Loiselle’s in Central Falls.
11. His father Thomas Loiselle married Paula and they have three sons.
10. His Father Jean-Paul Loiselle
9. His Father is Adrien Loiselle
8. His father Pierre Loiselle  was born in Farnham Quebec. He and his wife Zenaide Robert immigrated to Central Falls sometime between 1906 and 1910 with 10 children.
7. His parents, Toussaint Loiselle-Sinotte and Luce Viens moved from Marieville to Farnham and had 9 children.
6. His parents Toussaint Loiselle and Apoline Letourneau moved from St Charles to Marieville, they had 17 children.  After Apoline died, Toussaint Loiselle-Sinotte remarred to Marguerite Timineur and had another 3 children.
5. His parents Pierre-Toussaint Loiselle married Genevieve Deslandes. Pierre was born in St Charles, married in St Antoine. His wife Genevieve died in St Marc.
4. His parents Toussaint Loiselle married Marie-Anne Hogue. While Toussaint Loiselle was born in Pointe-aux-Trembles, he moved to St-Charles in 1751 on land that was ceded from his uncle, Jean-Baptiste Beaudry. He married in 1752 and raised his family in St-Charles and died in St Marc.
3. His parents were Jean-Baptiste Loiselle and Marie-Anne Beaudry.
2. His parents were Joseph Loiselle and Jeanne Langlois
1. His parents were Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot.

Notes from Loiselle Sinotte Wisell family gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013

July 16, 2013

It was great meeting of Loiselle, Sinotte and Wisell family gathering in Montreal on Jun 29, 2013.  We were able to stick to the original agenda quite well.   Some of us have been to Old Montreal alot, for others this was our first visit to Old Montreal.  But how cool was it to walk the steps of our first Canadian Ancesters …. with cousins coming from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Rhode Island and even as far as Chile and back again to our roots.

We are slowly gathering all the notes from the meeting … and collecting some of the memorabilia from the different branches.  Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

                                                                     Sinotte Loiselle group
The photo was taken in the Chapelle Bonsecours, Jun 29, 2013 In the photo are (from left to right): Our “coureur de bois” guide, Fern Sinotte and Glenda Harris, Aurora Loiselle, Tom his son Chris Loiselle, Henri Loiselle, Andree Sinotte, Karen Sinotte, Mona Sinotte, Raymonde Sinotte and her beau Norman.  Missing from the photo are Paula, Bruce, Marcelo who were taking photos!

And here are the notes that have been collected so far!

A Road trip to Pointe-aux-Trembles Photos to follow
The day started out at Chateau Ramezay
Aurora presented on Montreal and New England Historical  Context Click here for her notes.The Early Establishment of Montreal Loiselle Pioneer Family.

Click here for more on Early History of Montreal

Karen presented on EARLY common Ancestry, How We are Connected   and Loiselle Diaspora Click here for a Copy of Karen’s Presentation Notes (Updated a little bit from the original presentation): Loisel History for Meeting in Montreal Jun 29 2013 Final Version.And for additional notes on the topics in the presentation have been posted to the blog:


Tom gave us background on Loisel Coat of Arms Notes to follow
Round Table sharing family stories
  • Aurora Loiselle is great granddaughter of  Moise Loiselle, who immigrated to Chile in mid 1800s. Aurora has a great collection of letters from Moise’s siblings and had copies of many of these photos and letters for display at the Louis Loisel descendants meeting in Jun 2013. A copy of a presentation that she created is attached here. Moyse Loiselle by Aurora Loiselle

Other Notes to follow

Tour of Chapelle Bonsecours  and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum

  •   Group Photo with Family Crest
Photos to follow
Lunch at Serafim, with Entertainment by Loiselle Cousins Tom Loiselle is one of our cousins that entertained the group over lunch … all the way from Rhode Island!More Photos to follw.
Tour of Notre Dame Basilica Photos to follow
Dinner at Restaurant Fourquet Fourchette Photos to follow