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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 ]

around the world.PNG

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 ]

top locations.PNG

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.

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.

Our Roots in France

July 2, 2013

Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier were the parents of Louis Loisel that came to Canada in 1647. 

The Loisel coat of arms was researched by Tom Loiselle.  The origines of the name Loisel is reported to be an archaic form of the word “oiseau” or “la legerete”.  The symbols on the coat of arms include: a helmet, two birds, a gold chevron and a greyhound. 

Loiselle Coat of Arms from Tom Loiselle.jpg


Louis Loisel/Loysel was born 1590 in St. Germain de la Blanche Herbe, pres de Caan, Bayeux, Normandie, France, and died Bet. 1624 and 1684 in St. Germain-de-la-Blanche-Herbe, Normandy, France. He married Jeanne LeTerrier 1616 in St. Germain-de-la-Blanche-Herbe, Normandy, France.

A description of the town:

Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, is a Normand community which  is located today on the outskirts of the city of Caen, in the department of Calvados, along the national highway leading to Bayeux. In the last century, Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe sheltered a population of 177 residents some of whom were occupied in extracting stone from a local quarry. In this territory, Henry V of England built a leper asylum. Today, a cultured visitor will admire the ruins of the abbey of Ardenne, its monumental doors and the impressive remains of its arched hall. Bishop Richard de Bayeux, consecrated this monastery of the Premontres in the year of 1138.

Louis Loisel was the Chatelain for Chateau Courselle Sur Mer.  Courselle Sur Mer is near Caen’s on the Normandy coast of France.

Courselle sur Mer on Normandy Coast

Here is a photo of the Chateau. [see also Chateau de Courseulle sur Mer ]

Chateau de Couselles sur mer

Jeanne LeTerrier was born 1590 in France, and died 21 Jun 1624 in St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), France . She was buried 22 Jun 1624, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), France

Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier had three children:

i. Philippe Loiselle, b. 1617, France. Baptism: 02 Apr 1617, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer Normandie (Calvados), France (parrain: Philippe Quertiers, avocat en vicomte a Caen; marrain: Damoiselle Anne Le Sens )

ii. Louis Loisel/Loysel , b. 02 Jun 1618, Saint-Germain-la-Blance-Herbe, de Caen (Bayeux), Normandie, m. Marie-Marguerite Charlot, 13 Jan 1647/48, Montreal, QC (Notre Dame) b. 1612, Saint-Jean-en-Greve, Paris, France. He was baptised on: 02 Jun 1618, Courseulles-sur-Mer (St-Germain) (Calvados : 14191) (Source: Roland-Yves Gagn̩, MSGCF, vol. 50, p. 43 РDGFQ, p. 740 Notes: Catholique. Son pere est procureur au chateau de Courseulle-sur-Mer.) and Burial: 04 Sep 1691, Montreal, QC.

iii. Marie-Madeleine Loiselle, b. 1619, France. Baptism: 04 Dec 1619, St Germain Courseulles-sur-Mer Normandie (Calvados), France ( parrain:  Noble Homme Charles Le Sens; marrain: Damoiselle Marie Madeleine Tirel)

It was their second son, Louis Loisel that decided to come to Canada in 1647. He did not know how to write, but could scribble his mark at the bottom of a sheet of paper.  But he obviously had spirit, heart and courage.  And came to Canada as a skilled locksmith. There is no record of any continued communication between Louis Loisel the Canadian immigrant and his family back in France.

Shortly after his arrival, he married Marguerite Charlot … and started the Canadian family tree.

[ I have to thank people like Terry, Larry, Tom and the late, Otto Palfenier, that have provided me with information about this couple from their lives in France. And this shows the possibility of relatives in France!]

Loiselle Sinotte and Wisell too Family Gathering in Montreal Jun 29 2013

May 18, 2013

Descendants of Louis Loisel from 13 generations later are meeting up to share our connections to our roots in Montreal … back to where our family tree started in Canada. We are meeting up in Old Montreal on Jun 29, 2013.

RSVP’s were due by May 31, 2013 … but if you are still interested in coming you are still welcome.

Optional Friday Road Trip to Pointe aux Trembles (PAT)

For those that are in town on Friday, we are planning a road trip to Pointe aux Trembles (PAT). RSVP by email so that we can coordinate car pooling. Departure time from Montreal by 2:30 pm. Arrive in PAT by 3:00pm. Touring for a few hours and return to Montreal by 7:00pm. The PAT visit may include ancestral homes of some of our Loisel ancestors. These patrimonial homes that have been preserved and documented by the Atelier d’histoire.

  • Maison Beaudry, 14678 rue Notre Dame Est.  Today it’s a cultural centre. [Toussaint Beaudry married to Barbe Barbier, daughter of Gilbert Barbier and his daughter Marguerite Beaudry married Joseph Loiselle and Jean-Baptiste Loiselle son of Joseph Loisel and Jeanne Langlois married Marie-Anne Beaudry, Toussaint Beaudry’s granddaughter ]
  • Maison Louis Beaudry,  4, 43e Avenue [son of Toussaint Beaudry]
  • Maison Pascal Beauchamp, 14490, rue Notre Dame Est [Pascal Beauchamp married Marie Loiselle daughter of Joseph Loiselle and Marguerite Beaudry, Pascal is descendant of Jean Beauchamp and Jeanne Loisel]
  • Maison Pierre Beauchamp, 10, 64e Avenue [Father or brother of Pascal Beauchamp, which we can confirm on the trip!]
  • Maison Langlois,  24, 58e Avenue
  • Francois-Bau House [Louis Loiselle bought his land in PAT from Francois]

On Saturday, Jun 29, the agenda is as follows: 

We start   the day off at 9:00 am ❹  Chateau Ramezay (280 Rue Notre   Dame E at St Paul St E).  We will see ❺ Hotel de Ville (275 Rue   Notre-Dame E).  The Agenda for the morning included:

  • Introductions.
  • Aurora will make a presentation about the early generations of Loiselle’s in Canada.
  • Karen will lead a group discussion of 13 generations of Loiselle’s across North America.
  • We hope that all participants will bring memoriabilia from their family branch to share.
  • Group Photo with all attendees and our first meeting of the Sinotte/Loiselle Family Association with a banner of the Loiselle family crest (thanks to the research done by Tom Loiselle).

After we   meet up there and get organized, then we walk along Notre Dame to past the ❼ old courthouse and ⑨Place d’Armes to ⑩ Notre-Dame Basilca (110 Rue   Notre-Dame).  We need to be there by 11:30 am.  In the square, we will   see a statue of Paul De Chomedy, sieur de Maisonneuve who is founder of   Montreal, witness to the marriage of Louis Loisel and Marguerite Charlot and godfather to their son Joseph Loisel.

After our tour of the Basilica, its LUNCH at Serafim restaurant (Greek restaurant that serves organic food) on rue St Paul, a short walk back across Notre Dame.  [Aurore is taking advanced orders so that we aren’t rushed during lunch].

Then after lunch, it is across the street on St-Paul St E for our tour at 3 pm at the Marguerite Bourgeouys Museum (400 St Paul St   E) which is just up the street from  ①Marche Bonsecours (350 Rue St   Paul E).  The narrow, cobblestone Rue St.-Paul E. is the oldest street in   Montreal.

Dinner and evening entertainment has been confirmed for:

Le Festin du Gouverneur Show at Restaurant Fourquet Fourchette (265, St-Antoine West, Convention Centre Old Montreal)

We will enjoy a great historical banquet with New French Style food while enjoying a fun and interactive show with French Canadian and Irish traditional songs, light operatic and old musical   extracts. The professional artists are dressed in the 17th century style with visits from Paul de Maisonneuve, Marguerite Bourgeoys and Jean Mance!

Regular menu (Four courses meal):

  • Mixed greens
  • Harvest soup
  • 3 choices of main course : Penne Primavera or Chicken with apple sauce or Fish of the day
  • « Pudding Chômeur » (Quebec maple syrup cake), coffee or tea or herbal tea

       Old Montreal Tour Map

Map was excepted from :

Details of our agenda are provided here. Sinotte Loiselle reunion 2013 Itinerary Highlights Jun 29 2013 in Montreal

We look forward to seeing everyone there …. Karen Sinotte and Aurora Loiselle

Generation 8: Jean-Baptiste Sinotte married Elvie Godbout

May 23, 2012

 Jean-Baptiste Sinotte  is 8th generation descendant of Louis Loisel, sixth child of Joseph Loiselle-sinotte and Edesse Daignault, he was born 20 Jan 1858 in St. Dominique, QC  and died 25 Jan 1930 in St-Camille, Wolfe, QC.  He married Elvire Godbout 16 Apr 1883 in St-Camille, Wolfe, QC, daughter of Jean Godbout and Adelaide Gosselin.  She was born 17 Jan 1859 in < Wotton, QC >, and died Bet. 1911 – 1930 in < St-Camille, QC >

Children of Jean-Baptiste Sinotte and Elvire Godbout are:

i.    Camille10 Sinotte, b. 11 Jun 1884, St-Georges-de-Windsor, QC  d. 02 Oct 1939, Lac Megantic, QC; m. Genevieve Jeanne Despres, 11 Jun 1907, St-Adolphe-de-Dudswell, Wolfe, QC; b. 15 Jun 1883, QC; d. Aft. 1938, < Lac Megantic, QC >.

ii.    Eugenie Sinotte, b. 21 Jul 1886, St-Georges-de-Windsor, QC; d. 26 Jul 1886, St. Georges, QC.

iii.    Anna (Marie Anna Albina) Sinotte, b. 17 Mar 1888, St-Georges-de-Windsor, QC; d. 1962, Richmond, QC ; m. Joseph Manseau, 11 Jun 1907, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC (Source: Repertoire des Mariages de Comte de Wolfe 1849-1950.); b. 12 May 1887, QC; d. 22 Dec 1949, Richmond, QC (Source: (1) Per Ralph Smith, (2) Saint-Camille 1867-1992. pg 167).

iv.    Parmalie Sinotte, b. 30 Jan 1890, < QC >; d. 25 Feb 1922, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC; m. Athanase Desilets, 08 Apr 1913, St. Camille, Wolfe, QC (Source: Repertoire des Mariages de Comte de Wolfe 1849-1950.); b. 17 Jun 1885, QC; d. Bet. 1931 – 1950, QC.

v.    Marie Albina Armélinde Sinotte, b. 1891, St-François-Xavier-de-Bromptonville, Richmond, QC (Source: BMS 2000.).

vi.    Emile (Joseph E) Sinotte, b. 20 Feb 1892, St-Georges de Windsor,  QC; d. 1945, Montreal, QC; m. Irene Roy, Bet. 1911 – 1927; b. 1897, QC; d. 1958, Montreal, QC.

vii.    Annette (Marie Annette Beatrice) Sinotte, b. 29 Dec 1893, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC; d. Aft. 1925, < St-Pierre-de-Durham, QC >; m. Hylas Charpentier, 01 Feb 1916, St. Camille, Wolfe, QC (Source: Repertoire des Mariages de Comte de Wolfe 1849-1950.); b. Abt. 1894, < St-Pierre-de-Durham, QC >; d. Aft. 1930, < St-Pierre-de-Durham, QC >.

viii.    Anonymn Sinotte, b. 18 Oct 1894, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC; d. 1894, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC.

ix.    Aurelien Sinotte, b. 26 Apr 1900, St. Camille, QC; d. Bet. 1967 – 1968, Sherbrooke, QC; m. (1) Dora Chartier, 14 Apr 1920, St. Camille, Wolfe, QC; b. 1900, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC; d. Bef. 17 Jun 1958, QC; m. (2) Marie-Anne Guillemette, 17 Jun 1958, Sherbrooke, QC (Cathedrale de Sherbrooke); b. Bet. 1900 – 1940, QC.

x.    Robert Sinotte, b. Mar 1904, St. Camille, QC (Source: Per Benoit Sinotte); d. 1960, Danville, QC; m. Alice St-Ours, 09 Oct 1928, Danville, Richmond, QC (Ste Anne); b. 1905, QC; d. 1973, Danville, QC.

xi.    Joseph Maurice Sinotte, b. 13 Mar 1904, St-Camille, Wolfe, QC.