I just came across your post. Was one of the 13 children that you mentioned (Emile) a female? I know this may seem like an odd question but I'm trying to track down my great-great grandmother. Her name was Emelie/Emily Berard. She married a Peter LaForse.I originally was contacted by a Berard cousin who gave me all kinds of information that later turned out to be for someone else's relation.I'm starting over from scratch again.
I know that the Berard families in Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Quebec are all related.