As of 1999, the fief is occupied by a chic restaurant, Le Surcouf, and by the Ste. Anne de Bellevue Canada-Poste. Larry and Jean-Pierre's trip turned out to be another lucky break for us. It was because of persistence of Jean-Pierre Ranger in finding the site that they happened to be in Vaudreuil. At the "Centre d'histoire La Presquile" in Vaudreuil-Dorion, they found the birth record of the elusive Bazile Ranger.
Larry's brother Jack passed away in 1997. In the weeks and months following Jack's death, Larry visited the archives in Ottawa and Hull in search of documentation to confirm that Bazile was indeed our great great grandfather, David Basil. In so doing, he found the ancestors of the Ranger family of Syracuse, New York. We shall be forever grateful to the Coderre brothers, Jack and Larry, and to Lucille Ranger Coderre, Larry's wife. I must report the unhappy news that Lucille passed on in 2007, and Larry died a year later. As you can well imagine, they both will be very much missed by all of us.
We are indebted to Sally Sessler, with her collection of Buckley Road and St. Lawrence photographs,and to Howard Easter, who with his stories brought Buckley Road to life. Thanks also go to Syracuse University for permission to use computer equipment for this project.
Off-line archive. The Ranger family history archive contains a complete record of email communication regarding family history from September 1996 and it continues on. Historical and anecdotal material not included on the web, are kept on diskette and on paper in the archive. The archive is available for viewing to anyone who would like to see it. I plan to maintain the archive personally until a younger family member shows an interest in family history and demonstrates the responsibility needed for the archive's safe keeping. He or she will then be asked to take over maintenance of the archive.
It's hoped that one day in the future, maybe in 2099, someone will look at these ancient histories and feel compelled to complete them, perhaps by using technology that we, in 1999, have yet to develop.
Syracuse, New York, USA
March 31, 1999
To those interested in how this site came about . . .
The Dean of the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management meant business: "In order to compete successfully with other institutions, it's of utmost importance that we implement a first-class web site. I don't care how you do it . . . but learn the web!" And so to comply with the School's policy, I began to teach myself by constructing a few web pages!
Dvorak Keyboard Layout - A couple of topics came to mind to write about. One was about a new, (actually quite old) typing keyboard layout, the Dvorak. The Dvorak layout was already proven superior to the standard. I started to learn to make web pages and at the same time practice the Dvorak keyboard. The narrative and the instructions have been discontinued as of January, 2017. The article about Mrs. Blackburn, the world's all-time fastest typist, is the sole survivor of the Dvorak section.
Music - I posted a couple of pages about woodwind playing; some stories my dad used to tell with his buddies (he was a musician too); plus a couple of my own experiences. But as I spent more time thrashing about trying to write music articles, I found that other writers were doing as fine a job as I ever could. Besides, I would rather *play* music than write about it.
Meanwhile, just behind the horizon, another passion was beginning to rise. My parents were from Canada, as virtually all my North American ancestors were. I grew up knowing my ethnicity was French and Irish with a bit of Scottish and Indian. In melting-pot Syracuse everyone had a "nationality" . . Italian, German, Black, Ukrainian . . virtually all ethnic groups were represented. In conversations, the subject of nationality and parentage would surface early on.
This interest stayed with me. Who were these folks who share family names and resemblances? Where did they fit into the history of their time and place? Were they affected by it? Did they have an effect? Is personality in the dna . . genes . . or is it the environment that affects who you are? For what it's worth, I lean toward environment although I think the genome will definitely prove to play an important role.
So I ran the names of my great grandparents through the search engines. What a surprise! Hundreds of cousins became known through the internet. Maybe thousands. Some richer, some poorer; some better looking (well, most) and some not. Some well-educated, others only smart. Distant cousins live in just about every city in North America, and are represented on every continent on the globe.
What were our folks doing at various points in history? The French Indian War, War of 1812, and the Civil War all play a part some way or another in the lives of our family. What music did they listen to or play? One of our ancestral cousins was choirmaster in a Montréal church in 1684. What's the story with that?
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