Monday, November 13, 2006
Greetings to our cousins all over the world!
As many of you know, for years now we have wondered about the origins of some of our Acadian grandmothers who were among the pioneers of that wonderful country called "Acadie". Thanks to the marvels of science we will perhaps know at last whether they were of European or Native descent. There has been much contention among some that since we had not found the baptismal records for a good many of them, or at least records that would tell us they had come from France, that they then had to be of Native descent. Well mtDNA, which is a DNA test for the Matrilineal (female) line only may well tell us the truth before too very long. I have been in touch with some people who have been tested and some of the results are coming back with Haplogroup designations that indicate European origin.
Before long, I will be posting the results to the Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home for everyone to know what science is finally able to tell us. So stay tuned! You will not want to miss out on this information.
I have been working on the diary of Colonel John Winslow for posting to the site as well as a whole lot of data that should be of great interest to all researchers. In case you do not know, I do have sub sites that may be accessed through the main site. Some of those are sites for Stephen A. White includes information he has sent me over time. Then there is one for America, Quebec, Promises Kept and the most recent one I have been working on is World War I. This last one is not yet ready for viewing but it will be before too long. All of these sub sites may be accessed at the bottom of the sidebar on the main site or they can also be found through Google.
My father served in World War I so I've decided to share the information that I have been collecting over time to share with everyone. I have found some information difficult to find so all the more reason to share it.
If you have been searching for ancestors who lived and died in New Brunswick, Aline Williams Cormier has been doing quite a job going through cemeteries, taking photos of all the tombstones then transcribing all of the names to her web site. So far she has posted cemeteries for Cocagne, Irishtown, Grande-Digue, Richibouctou Village, Shemogue and St-Antoine to her site Acadian Roots You might want to drop by for a visit. If you had ancestors who lived on Cape Breton, she is in the process of posting marriages from the parish registers of St. Michael's, Margaree, to her site. St. Michael's has not yet been posted to the Internet by any other site.
My Moncton cousins Francis LeBlanc and Hector Boudreau have been busy photographing tombstones of other cemeteries like Memramcook and St. Joseph's Cemetery, Shediac. Francis has given me CDs of their work. I would like to post them to the Internet but need to find a program that would easily allow me to upload them for viewing. If you know of one of these "free" programs, would you please contact me. I believe their hard work is valuable to everyone on the search for such records and they afford everyone a view of graves they might never visit because of distance.
Have a great week! Let me hear from you and above all else, please stop by the Ancestral Home for a visit! ;o)
Posted by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino at 5:46 AM