Visit the Congrès mondial acadien 2014, Louisiana Day celebration, August 18th, 2014, in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada!  Visit all of the activities and be present for the presentation of the long-awaited, Acadie, Then and Now : A People’s History (L’Acadie, hier et aujourd’hui : l’histoire d’un peuple (bilingue))Click here to view the flyer and click here to view the list of contributing authors.
Click to view the current CMA launch schedule: Programme pour la Journée de la Louisiane 

BOOK LAUNCH DATES & LOCATIONS:
  • Both English and French editions of the book will be launched at 1:30 pm on Monday, August 18 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The media event will be held on Louisiana Day at the EXPO-MONDE site. The address is: E & P Centre Senéchal, 60 Rue Ouellette, Grand Falls, N.B.
  • The following day, Tuesday, August 19, both editions of the book will be launched at 10:00 am at the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine. Address: 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine. 
  • A week later, the book will be available in Canadian bookstores.*
  • In Lafayette, Louisiana, the book launch will be at 11:00 am, on Sunday, September 28 at the Vermilionville Living History & Folklife Park, followed by music. Andrepont Publishing will distribute the book in the United States and worldwide through their partners.

*All profits of the book will be distributed to Acadian Museums in the United States and Canada.

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Authors at the Louisiana Day book launch: August 18, 2014, Grand Falls, New Brunswick
 
 

Announcing the David dit Saint Michel Family Tree DNA Project:

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The David dit Saint Michel Family Tree DNA Project is a genealogical and Y-DNA study that is open to all male descendants of Jean Pierre David dit Saint Michel and ancestors throughout Nouvelle France (New France) and the seat of the David dit Saint Michel family ..... France.

Jean Pierre David dit Saint Michel was a master blacksmith for the King of France, Louis XV, at the Fortress of Louisbourg from the early 1720's to the late 1750's. He was born between 1699 and 1700 in the Parish of Saint Nazaire, Diocese of Nantes, Lorie-Inférieure, Bretagne, France. Jean Pierre's family life story is so very much akin to the true life stories that are told over and over again of all French descendant and Acadian families that migrated from France to the new world in the 17th and 18th centuries. There, in Nouvelle France, they prospered, applied their trades and raised large families. Although they were a peace minded people, they would suffer great losses of life and property at the hands of the British Empire.  Click here to learn about the project...

 
 

The Story of don Juan de Onate and de la Cruz DNA: Genetic Genealogist breaks through Adobe Walls, ties Ancestry to New Mexico's First Families ... by Patricia Sanchez Rau with Marie Rundquist

PictureMaria Paula Garcia, Apolonio Quintana (1896)
The traditional story of “Early America” unfolds as Europeans arrive by ship at Plymouth Rock and Jamestown at the start of the seventeenth century.  The story continues, in countless textbooks, with the emergence of the thirteen English colonies followed by the American Revolution, and draws to a close as Lewis and Clark set off to explore lands west of the Mississippi in 1804.

The more recent, “American Story” is one of “Coming to America,” with crossings – of borders and oceans, and the first Federal Immigration Inspection Station: Ellis Island.

Patricia Sánchez Rau's American story departs wildly from traditional themes, for her family did not come to the United States as immigrants through Ellis Island or anywhere along the east coast. By contrast, Patricia's ancestors came from Spain, Portugal, Greece, North Africa, and other parts of Europe to Mexico. In 1598, years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, they were among the New World's first pioneers who assembled on the banks of the San Pedro River under the dogged leadership of don Juan de Oñate, to embark upon their epic journey to New Mexico.  Click to read more...

 
 
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Courtesy, Richard Crumbacker
Dedicated July 28th, 2013, the "Acadians in Maryland" historic marker, installed and maintained by the State of Maryland, connects the dots for those whose Acadian ancestors lived in Maryland prior to their arrival in Louisiana. 

The marker is the first in the State of Maryland to recognize the little-known history of the Acadians who were sent to Maryland following their forced expulsion from Nova Scotia in 1755. 

For your heritage journey, to be complete, you MUST include a trip to Princess Anne, Maryland on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore where you will  observe the Acadians in Maryland sign,  read the words, and recall the trials of Acadian ancestors.  On your visit to the Eastern Shore, plan to visit the Old White Marsh Church ruins off of Route 50, then take a walk along the waterfront  in Oxford, Maryland, and then wind your way down to Princess Anne, Maryland to observe the State's ONLY "Acadians in Maryland" historic marker.  Drive to the shores of the Wicomico River and imagine the Sloop Elizabeth sitting in its waters, her captain impatiently awaiting food and supplies that never came.   Follow the Beach to Bay Indian Trail to the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum where the swamp lands and surrounding forests  hold the memories of ancestors who struggled to make their way through them.  Tour  Snow Hill, and you'll be able to capture an idea of what Acadian ancestors may have seen and experienced while living on the Delmarva Peninsula as they did for about a dozen years.

The words selected by the Maryland Historical Trust communicate the Acadian story with exceptional clarity. The dedication, which occurred on the Acadian Day of Remembrance, was a wonderful event, and attendance was excellent.

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County Commissioners Courtesy, Richard Crumbacker
The Louisiana Acadian Flag flew over Somerset County on the 30th of July, two days following the dedication of the Acadians in Maryland historic marker.  During the month of August, the flag will fly over the Manokin River Park and the Town of Princess Anne. 

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Louisiana Acadian Flag over Maryland. Courtesy, Brenda Benton
The Town plans to fly the Acadian Flag of Louisiana during the month of July in the years ahead in remembrance of the Acadians who lived in Maryland following their tragic deportation from Nova Scotia in 1755. Acadians and Marylanders each had a challenging part in a difficult time in history.  That the flying of the Louisiana Acadian flag will be an annual Princess Anne town tradition is stunning and mirrors the perpetuity of the marker. 

Photographs Courtesy Nancy Kurtz, Maryland Historical Trust

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New Maryland Historical Trust Sign Unveiled Recognition Given to Acadian Heritage

Nearly 260 years ago a small group of refugees landed on the shores of Maryland against their will. The year was 1755, during the outset of the French and Indian War, but a different war was being waged against the French Catholics - known as Acadians - as they were expelled from their lands in Nova Scotia, Canada. Four shiploads, carrying about 900 Acadians, were unloaded on the shores of Maryland in November 1755 and by 1770 the majority of these displaced Acadians left by ship to Louisiana.

Rarely discussed in history books, these Acadian people were the early settlers of Oxford, Newtown (today Chestertown), Georgetown, Fredericktown, Baltimore, Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, Lower Marlboro and Port Tobacco and many of their names are found in the Maryland 1763 Acadian census.

At the Manokin River Park on July 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm, a Maryland Historical Trust Sign will be unveiled, recognizing the Acadians' contribution to Maryland's mainstream history and experience on the Eastern Shore.

Click here to read more...


 
 
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Nova Scotia's warming up! (Elsewhere too!)...and the festival season is beginning.  Here are some links to help you begin your travel-by-ancestry adventure!

http://canada.travelall.com/ns/eventcalendar.htm

and here's a not-to-be-missed festival:

http://www.festivalacadiendeclare.ca/en/

and don't forget to add this date to your calendar:

http://www.novascotia.com/en/home/thingstoseeanddo/listingdetails.aspx/mi%27kmaq-acadian-festval/-24764

Here's one from Newfoundland!

http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/planyourtrip/festivalsevents

and another location:

http://gowesternnewfoundland.com/activities/mikmaq-museumtte-du-cap-park/

Stay tuned for another historic event, as related to our ancestry, planned for July 28th, in Princess Anne, Maryland...details coming soon!

Plan to be in Louisiana in October for the Acadian - Cajun festival season!

http://lafayettetravel.com/play/festivalsevents/festival-acadiens

Let's not forget to go to Maine!

http://www.abbemuseum.org/calendar/july.html

 
 

Mackinac Island Fur-trader Native American Roots Twice Verified by Daughter's DNA
...by Marie Rundquist and Richard Wiles

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Charles Wachter, Jr.
Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is central to the histories of North America's fur-trading industry in the the 18th and 19th centuries and the Wachter, Fraser, Fisher, and Farlinger (also known as Farling and McFarland) families of northern Michigan.  On Mackinac Island, a 3.8 square mile spit of land located at the “tip of the mitten,” mid-way between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, the North American fur-trading industry found its nexus, and a culture, comprised of Canadian fur-traders and their Native American wives, had its beginnings.

At the root of this family genealogy and cultural heritage is grandmother “Nancy-Anne Fraser,” whose storied, Scottish surname evokes discussion of John Fraser, a founding partner in Canada's McTavish, Fraser and Co. -- chief suppliers and fur brokers for the legendary North West Company... Click here to read more!

 
 

On a quest for an ancient bloodline, family genealogist follows ancestor from the Fortress of Louisbourg to La Rochelle, France ...by Marie Rundquist and Earl David

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Port at La Rochelle, France
The devastating effects of the forced expulsion of an Acadian people from Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century are no more apparent than in Louisiana-born Earl David's family genealogy. Marred by loss of life, forced separation, and exile, the David (pronounced “dah-VEED”) family history during the years between 1755 and 1759 pieced together by family historian Earl David and second cousin Robert David by way of their own, original records research and a quest for ancestry in France, is characterized by human tragedy on a grand scale.  At the center of the cataclysm is paternal ancestor, Jean Pierre David, a Master Blacksmith for the King of France, Louis XV, who lived with his family at the Fortress of Louisbourg until the late 1750s .... Click here to read more!

 
 
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Travel by ancestry adds a new dimension to planning a vacation.  With a search for ancestry as a primary focus, a vacation can span days, weeks, even centuries!

(The following article has been reprinted with the permission of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (Mctdirect.com)):


Travel by Ancestry: A vacation takes on a new dimension when you add a search for family history to your travel plans.


July 9, 2012
by MARIE RUNDQUIST, McClatchy-Tribune
 
By following the paths of ancestors, your family vacation this summer can become a journey of exploration and a fun way to connect to the past.
 
Many communities have annual festivals, "Old Town Days," where families and friends gather to celebrate a town's history and the foods, traditions, music, language, dancing and ethnic heritage of its people. By attending a community festival in a town where your family's ancestors once lived, you can connect, in real-time, with the past and develop new relationships that last long after a vacation is over.
 
A detailed road map, coupled with a genealogy, helps your family retrace the paths ancestors followed as they moved from place to place. In a sense, your family can "live" the histories of the people who settled an area by traveling their routes; experiencing the same changes in scenery, climate and culture as they did during their journeys. Stop at a local library, museum or cultural center to uncover more clues about family history and the events surrounding an ancestor's arrival or departure from an area. The discovery of a journal entry, a photo of an old home site or a collection of traditional recipes adds value to the travel experience, as the present is informed by the past.
 
An ancestor's name, found on an immigration record or a ship's passenger list, inspires travel to an ancient homeland, where a search for familiar surnames - on street signs, in phone books, in the records, on graveyard markers and on the sides of buildings - keeps everyone involved in the hunt. Census records offer new clues to ancestry; an unexpected birthplace reported for an ancestor may prompt a trip halfway across the country - or around the world - to learn more about a family's past.
 
Travel by ancestry may find its beginnings in a hand-written letter, from one ancestor to another, describing a new land, inviting all to come for a visit. Accept the offer - and let a search for family history guide you to your next travel destination.
 
Marie Rundquist is a DNA project manager, collaborative research community moderator, president of an information systems consulting firm and author of Revisiting Anne Marie: How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth-Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine "American" Heritage and Cajun by Any Other Name Recovering the Lost History of a Family and a People.


Click here to learn more.
 
 
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Travel by ancestry adds a new dimension to planning a vacation.  With a search for ancestry as a primary focus, a vacation can span days, weeks, even centuries!

(The following article was reprinted with the permission of Brentwood News, "Westside Today," Los Angeles, California:)

This Summer, Improve Your Knowledge of Family, Ancestry
by Marie Rundquist | Brentwood News July 2012  |  July 20, 2012

Summer allows a much-needed break from hectic school schedules, parents take time for fitness, working-out, and getting back into shape. Along with water-bottles and sunscreen, books about how to feel good, lose weight, and look great clutter family beach bags.

During long summer nights, conversations among families often drift to old times, and family stories are shared. Without an understanding of family history, it’s easy for a parent to feel at a loss for words when a child asks questions about great grandparents, or wants to know where ancestors may have lived in early days.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Toss a couple of test kits into your beach bag when you pack for your family’s summer vacation, and improve what really counts -- family knowledge!

Interested in improving your knowledge of family and ancestry? The following types of test kits are available from different companies:

Y chromosome DNA test kit: Males in the family may connect with others who share the same, test results, identify most recent, common, paternal-line ancestors, verify genetic connections to common male ancestors through genealogy, and learn about deep ancestral origins. Prices for Y DNA test kits start at approximately ninety-nine dollars.

Mitochondrial (mtDNA) test kit: Males and females in the family can learn about earliest ethnic and geographic origins, and verify maternal-line connections to common, female ancestors through genealogy. Prices for mtDNA test kits start at approximately ninety-nine dollars.

Autosomal DNA test kit: Males and females in the family can learn about the shared genetic contributions of all ancestors, within the past four-to-five generations of a family tree, identify close matches among others who take the test, and by comparing genealogies, discover long-lost cousins. Autosomal DNA test kits vary in price; most are available for less than three hundred dollars.

Note: Before you purchase any test kit, read all company literature to learn about the types of results you’ll receive as well as customer reviews. Find out if there are ways for you to share information with others who test, and if memberships or additional subscription fees are necessary.

Marie Rundquist is a DNA project manager, collaborative research community moderator, president of an information systems consulting firm and author of Revisiting Anne Marie: How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth-Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine “American” Heritage and Cajun by Any Other Name Recovering the Lost History of a Family and a People.

Click here for more information.