Travel by Ancestry -- to a "DNA Bootcamp" at the Lafayette South Regional Library Auditorium March 10, 2018 from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Save the date!
Travel by Ancestry -- to "Acadians Were Here" Maryland Historical Trust 2018 Excellence in Media and Publications Award
Acadians Were Here Maryland Historical Trust 2018 Excellence in Media and Publications Acceptance Speech delivered by Marie Rundquist email@example.com February 1, 2018 at the Maryland Senate Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Reference: http://acadianswerehere.org for Dr. R. Martin Guidry, Contributor and Historian, Greg Wood, Author, Contributor and Historian, Marie Rundquist, Author, Contributor and Website Developer
"The website, Acadians Were Here, which receives today the MHT award for Excellence in Media and Publications, delivers the lesser-known history of Acadians in Maryland to new audiences: tourists and tour guides, researchers, historical societies and organizations, journalists, documentary producers, family genealogists, and regular people interested in traveling to the places where over 900 Acadians were exiled after being forcibly removed from their lands in Nova Scotia in November of 1755. They travel by bus, by car, by bicycle and on foot to visit the areas around the Chesapeake Bay where Acadian families lived – and they connect to the Acadians Were Here website from the US and Canada to plan their trips.
Thank you, Maryland Historical Trust for this excellent recognition of the Acadians Were Here organization and thanks to all whose support and endorsement we are so grateful to have received, and thanks to our guests today, Lynn Wood, Sean Carney, and my husband Edward Nowicki for their support. We honor Nell Ziehl and the Maryland Historical Trust Program staff for elevating the vital role of Acadians In Maryland’s history to the mainstream, and through this MHT award, recognizing our project, and that Acadians Were Here."
About the Maryland Historical Trust 2018 Awards: https://mht.maryland.gov/awards_2018.shtml
Press Release: 2018-0201-press-release-2018-md-preservation-awards.pdf
For information about the sash worn by site developer and contributor, Marie Rundquist, pictured here (https://acadianswerehere.org/about-the-authors.html) on the Acadians Were Here website, please visit the following website: http://acadiens-metis-souriquois.ca/index.html where you will find the history and culture of an acadien-metis people discussed at length.
Mélançon / Melanson: New Y DNA results in the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry Project, and a match, add to a growing Y DNA signature for legacy Acadian surname Mélançon / Melanson.
Those who travel to the Melanson Settlement National Historic Site ("pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/melanson/index") in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, will experience the family history of Charles Melanson and his wife, Marie Dugas, in Acadia. Research of Mélançon / Melanson history will show much debate about the possible origins of the surname progenitor, Pierre dit Laverdure Melancon, and his wife, Priscilla. A visitor to the "AcadiansWereHere.org" website may find the names of Mélançon / Melanson descendants who were exiled to Snow Hill and Annapolis, Maryland in 1755, recorded on the 1763 Acadian Census taken at these locations.
Mélançon / Melanson men who have Y DNA tests discover that throughout history, passed down from fathers to their sons, is a consistent set of markers, encoded in their Y DNA, that prevails among Mélançon / Melanson male descendants today. Y DNA tests reveal historic Acadian lineages among living male descendants. Find out how: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/acadian-amerindian/about/background
At the start of Acadian family lines are the the Native and European grandmothers whose every sacrifice contributed to the survival of their descendants.
Within the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project, the A2, B, C, D, and X2a mtDNA haplogroups distinguish the descendants of Native grandmothers whose matrilinial (mother to mother) ancestral lines trace to North America.
While those having Acadian ancestry will be most interested in researching the history of Native grandmothers whose lineages start in Port Royal, in the early 1600s, our Native grandmothers are actually part of a larger community whose beginnings go back thousands and thousands of years in the Americas. Indeed, those of us belonging to Native mtDNA haplogroups may find descendants of Native grandmothers from tribal communities all across North America listed among our mtDNA matches and belonging to the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project. Of particular interest to those of Acadian lines are the Native grandmothers whose names grace Acadian census and parish records, their names coupled with those of their European spouses; their distinctive mitochondrial DNA having passed from mother-to-mother-to-mother to living descendants today. Click here to find out more about the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/acadian-amerindian/about
Books and Articles
- Revisiting Anne Marie