Document: Maddalena DeGrandis’ Border Crossing

Maddalena Border Crossing

Port of Detroit, Michigan June 26, 1928
Family Name: Morianti
Given Name: Maddalena
Accompanied by: Husband Arnaldo
Age: 44 years, 7 months
Sex: F
Married or Single: M
Occupation: Housewife
Place of Birth: Castelfranco, Italy
Nationality: Canada
Born: Italian
Read and write: yes
Languages spoken: Italian
Money shown: None
Last Permanent Residence: Canada, Windsor
Destination: Detroit, Michigan
Passage paid by: Husband
Ever in U.S.: ?
Going to join: Sister Josephine DeGrandis 11821 Russell St, Detroit
Purpose in coming: to visit
Height: 5 ft, 2 inches (?)
Complexion: Dark
Hair: Blk
Eyes: Brown
Name and address of nearest relative or friend in the country from whence alien came: Friend Mr. Carasin, 331, Wellington St, Windsor
Port of Landing: New York
Date of Landing: 1920
Name of S.S.: Ancona

This is a record of my great great grandmother Maddalena DeGrandis crossing the US/Canada border at Windsor/Detroit, apparently to visit her sister Josephine (Giuseppina in Italian). I am not sure if Josephine really was her biological sister though. I did find records for Giuseppina as well, noting her birthplace as Castelfranco Veneto.  However, in her marriage record to an Edward Barduca, her parents are not the same DeGrandis couple in this record as Maddalena’s. Perhaps they were actually cousins?

I found this record on, in their collection “Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957

Mappy Monday: RM Of Brokenhead, Manitoba

In trying to pinpoint the exact location my great great grandfather Danylo Koszlak lived (at least in the beginning of his time in Canada) I turned to the 1916 Canadian Census. Daniel Koslak, wife Annie and sons Michael and Peter/Patrick lived in Manitoba – Section 12, Township 14, Range 8, Meridian E.

To me, that’s just a bunch of letters and numbers. The Rural Municipality of Brokenhead is a large district surrounding a separately governed city of Beausejour. I had been told Danylo lived in “Brokenhead”, but that could be anywhere in the municipality!

Luckily, the Government of Canada’s website has an online, searchable database of Land Grants of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and a tiny portion of British Columbia. Unfortunately, no records of Koszlaks (in any form of it’s spelling!) turned up. But, you can search by those crazy numbers and letters I talked about above as well. Again, no information regarding the ownership of this land, or any surnames attached to it are available, but there is a map!

Section 12, Township 14, Range 8, Meridian E refers to an area north of the town of Beausejour, right on the Brokenhead River. It contains the villages of Brokenhead and Ladywood.

What I can glean from this, is that I can say that Danylo Koszlak and family, at least at one point in 1916, lived in or near the actual village of Brokenhead, and not just the larger, surrounding municipality. This strengthens my beliefs that they attended Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic church (pictured HERE).

(click to enlarge) Brokenhead on the top right corner. Winnipeg on the bottom left.

Document: Ontario Marriage Registration of Moise Meloche and Corinne Bessette

Bessette, Corinne - Ontario Marriage

Name of Husband: Moise Meloche
Name of Wife: Corinne Bessette
on the 18 day of October, 1920
at the Roman Catholic Church of Loiselleville, Ontario
in the county of Essex
Occupation of Husband: Farmer
Occupation of Wife: Farmer
Bachelor or Widow: B
Spinster or widow: S
Age of Husband: 20
Age of Wife: 17
Religious Denomination: Roman Catholic for both
Residence: Loiselleville
Full Name of Husband’s Father: Henri Meloche
Full Name of Wife’s Father: Louis Bessette
Occupation of Husband’s Father: Farmer
Occupation of Wife’s Father: Farmer
Name and Maiden Name of Husband’s Mother: Cecile Meloche
Name and Maiden Name of Wife’s Mother: Eliza Gagnon
Names and Addresses of Witnesses: Jose Bessette, Loiselleville, Ont / Stela Meloche, Loiselleville, Ont.
Name, Address and Denomination of Person Solemnizing Marriage: Rev. W. Roy, Loiselleville, Ontario

Moise Meloche and Corinne Bessette are my great great grandparents. They were my father’s mother’s mother’s parents.  They lived in an area that is now part of Windsor, Ontario, but back then was called Loiselleville.  The community was only called Loiselleville for a short period of time in the early 1900’s, the area was originally Rivière aux Canards, and today is called “River Canard”, an anglicized version. They were married in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, which still stands today and holds mass in French.

This record was found on, in their Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1928 collection

Document: Ontario Birth Registration of Marie Helene Belleperche


When Born: Feb 4th, 1882
Name: Mary Ellen
Sex – Male or Female: F
Name and Surname of Father: Henry Belleperche
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother: Mathilde Robert
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Signature, Description and Residence of Informant: Henry Belleperche, Sandwich East
When Registered: Feb 20th
Name of Accoucheur: Mrs. Paquette
Signature of Registrar: Jos. Janisse

Marie Helene (Mary Ellen) Belleperche was my great great grandmother, my father’s father’s mother’s mother.  She was born Feb 4, 1882 in Tecumseh, or Sandwich East Township, Essex County, Ontario. Her name, as well as her father’s (Honore is his official name) have been anglicized in this record, which was not uncommon to do.

Her Ontario Birth Registration record was found on, in their collection “Ontario, Canada, Births 1869-1913”.