That acronym above is short for New England Historic Genealogical Society. A while ago I requested that they do some research for me into find out what happened to Almeric Saurette. If you have been reading the News, then you know that I was just in MA and found his grave and that he died in 1927 in Chicopee.

Well, it turns out that I did my research the same way that the NEHGS did theirs. They used the city directories to try and locate him and they, in turn, discovered that he ended up in Chicopee. I did have to pay them for this redundant information, however, they did turn up a nice piece of information that should help me in the future.

They were unable to find the death record for Almeric in the MA vital records. Finally, somebody decided that maybe an error had been made in the transcription – sometimes capital cursive ‘S’ can mimic an ‘L’. Sure enough, they found an Almeric Laurette who died in Chicopee in 1927 – complete with volume and page number. I think this will be most useful for when I contact the Chicopee city clerk for a copy since they may not have it listed under Saurette.

Another curious bit – I am a member of the NEHGS and as such, I can use the research library. Any guesses on where it is? That’s right – Boston. It just so happens that I will be in Boston in March for a whole week. I’m looking forward to going there because they mentioned that they have microfilm copies of Quebec parish records. I’m am hopeful that that includes deaths, because that would help immensely.

So, long story short (too late) I spent some moolah for 95% information that I have, but to me, it was worth the money to find out what I did. I’m planning on a Quebec research run sometime this spring too. Let me know who wants to come.

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Steve Rock

I have been doing French-Canadian genealogy for about 14 years. I enjoy doing research for other people who are new to genealogy and want to discover their French-Canadian lineages. Drop me a line at and let me give you a hand!

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