Explore Your Heritage -- on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales, Louisiana!
Mark your calendars and don't miss the Ascension Parish Library's "Explore Your Heritage" event! What an agenda! As one of the "Explore Your Heritage" featured presenters, author, genealogist, and DNA specialist, Marie Rundquist explains how DNA helps you with your genealogy (in the morning session) and shares the exciting results of several case studies (in the afternoon session) -- see you there!
For the first time ever, the official, Maryland Tourism website, VisitMaryland.org, invites visitors to our State to "Experience the History of Acadians in Maryland" and our unique story-- that has over 900 Acadians deported by the British to the State of Maryland after 1755 - is in the top 12 Activities to explore Maryland History and Heritage!
Thank you to the Tourism Office of the State of Maryland and my esteemed colleagues: R. Martin Guidry and Greg Wood who collaborated with me to bring this challenging project forward to a successful outcome. Acadian cousins will now be able to follow ALL of their ancestors' footsteps -- and encounter some of Maryland's most picturesque and beautiful areas when they do! Visit: http://www.visitmaryland.org/…/top-twelve-activities-to-exp…
Travel by Ancestry: Pioneering in America with the Beville Family meets Autosomal DNA in a "Proof of Ancestry"
Beville family DNA lives on in Beville descendants as shown in this article published by the Southern California Genealogical Society this month: "Autosomal DNA Results Test Hundreds of Years of Genealogy Records in a Proof of Ancestry," by Marie Rundquist. Southern California Genealogical Society, Summer Vol. 52, Issue # 3 (https://www.scgsgenealogy.com). Rundquist references Pioneering in America with the Beville Family, “Appendix C, “Descendants of Claiborne Beville and Susannah Daly Beville of Georgia," autosomal and X chromosome DNA, to investigate two, genetic proofs of ancestry.
The inspiration for the article was an email received from a Beville cousin inquiring about a DNA match! Asselia Lichliter would have been amazed and proud to see how hundreds of years of her carefully-researched, Beville genealogy stands up to the most scientifically advanced, autosomal DNA testing available in the world of genetic genealogy!
"How DNA Helps You with Your Genealogy": April 29, 2015, The Acadian Memorial, St. Martinville, Louisiana
Acadian Memorial Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 379 Dept. AMF ~ 121 S. New Market Street
St. Martinville, LA 70582 ~ (337) 394-2258
The Acadian Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce a Genealogy Day with author, genealogist and DNA specialist Marie A. Rundquist, of Washington, D.C., who will be with us on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 for two sessions at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. See details below. Seating is limited and reservations suggested for one session or both. No reservation means seating on a "space available" basis for late arrivals.
10 a.m. morning session: "How DNA Helps You with Your Genealogy"
Presented by Marie Rundquist - the DNA how-to's along with the success stories, covering a range of projects, that make the field exciting.
1:30 p.m. afternoon session: "Success Stories"
Presented by Marie Rundquist with Louisianians who have had hands-on experience and success with DNA research.
Click to download the flyer and sign up form here.
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
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Announcing the David dit Saint Michel Family Tree DNA Project:
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
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...
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.
Photographs Courtesy Nancy Kurtz, Maryland Historical Trust
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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