This site was created by Jeannine Goasdoué, grand-daughter of Celestine & Yves Goasdoue, of Les Prevosts Farm, St Saviours, Guernsey.
The information contained here was gleaned from the family papers, diaries, and official documentation kept by Celestine Guegan, my grandmother. It also includes personal memories of family members and information obtained off the web. I have tried to be rigorous in attributing sources of information. I have also tried to be respectful of the privacy of family members (living and dead) and this has influenced the content. Finally, I must acknowledge a personal bias, in that I have researched and highlighted information which I find important and personally interesting. If there are other aspects of our family history which you would like researched or included, or if you would like to contribute content, please use the comment feature at the bottom of each page, or email me.
Lucienne Goasdoué (nee Tardivet)
Sources of Information
Most of the information used to create this archive has been extracted from
- diaries written by Celestine during the 60’s and 70’s,
- offical documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates,
- and various letters, postcards and photos.
A compulsive “scribbler”, Celestine recorded her daily life in a number of notebooks, tiny diaries, old bank statements and even hand towels! We are fortunate that these not only chronicle her daily life in her 70s and 80s, but contain a few memories and details of births and deaths of loved ones.
We have diaries from 1909, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1977. This may seem like a lot, but they consist mostly of tiny pocket and daily diaries; of the sort that give only a small area for entries; plus 4 exercise books.
They present a number of difficulties for research, in that:
- they are written variously in French and English (at some point Celestine made a decision to write in French as she felt she was beginning to lose it
- her writing deteriorated significantly with her advancing years and failing eyesight
- some diaries were re-used for 2 or 3 different years, making it challenging to decipher some entries
- a number of pages are undated.
I have used the following standard when attributing sources of information, where possible
[S: source, date] e.g. [S: Diary 25/5/1975]
We have Henri Goasdoué (son) to thank for preserving these papers. He kept an old leather bag which had belonged to Celestine but had never been able to decipher the contents, having little French himself. Paul and Lulu Goasdoué were given access to (and later guardianship of) the papers on their trips to Guernsey in 1993 and 1999.
I’m hopeful that other family members will also have information, papers and photos that they can contribute. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org