Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dear Cousins,

It has certainly been some time since my last blog but a great deal has happened too!

The best is that our first grandchild was born on September 20. He is just a love! His name is Theodore Edward Consentino Hains. I just love baby sitting and watching as his personality develops one day at a time.

My absence over the "nice weather months" as I like to call it is also due to the fact that come that "nice weather" I feel I need a break from working on my website and I like to spend spring and summer working on our property puttering in flower beds and the like. I also do quite a bit of that at one of our daughter's home. Of course, following those nice weather months is fall - here in New England that means lots of leaves to rake. In our case, lots of leaves and pine needles. I swear I blew and raked no less than a million of each lol.

Now that the cold weatheris back you will see a good deal of new information has been added to my website. Specifically: The Chronology of the Acadian Deportations and Migrations by Paul Delaney of U Moncton. Paul has amassed some interesting data in pulling this chronology/time line together.

Also new to the Acadian Ancestral Home are articles by Sally Ross well known Acadian author from Nova Scotia.

More mtDNA results and matrilineal lines have been posted to the mtDNA Proven Origins page. As results accumulate to date all of the Founding Mothers of Acadia tested for have proven to be European in origin. Those first Mothers who were believed to have been Native come back as such. Part of the problem there is that we don't seem to be able to find people with direct lines to the Native Mothers who can be tested. For those tested who claim to descend from Jeanne Lejeune's daughter we are unable to prove the connect as there is no record that proves Jeanne Lejeune was the mother of any of Francois Joseph's children. Without proof the results do tell us that Francois Joseph's daughters were Native and he himself was. We do not know if he has a Native spouse before Jeanne Lejeune which is always a possibility. Therefore, no matter what some might expound, there is just no proof at this time at least, that makes that a solid connection. We keep searching and if anyone has solid proof we would certainly like to see it.

It is important to remember that when doing genealogy we cannot base ourselves on "assumptions" - oh assumptions are made but they are only valid when they can finally be backed up with some documentation.

I think you may well find it interesting to take a look at the mtDNA results. We still need more people to be tested and the Acadian founding mothers we need testing to can be found on the Mothers of Acadia mtDNA Project - if it takes time for the site to come up, please be patient - the Family Tree DNA company was greatly affected by the hurricane that hit Houston and they are still rebuilding.

If you are on Facebook, you can find me there with all kinds of photos. There are all kinds of genealogy forums on Facebook but I admit that the Acadian ones do not seem to be very active.

If you are interested in joining an Acadian & French-Canadian mailing list, I am the administrator for the mailing list. To join just send a message to that address with the word subscribe in the subject line and nothing in the body. If you are on a mail server that has messages at the bottom of the page, be sure to remove those or your subscription will not go through.

So as you see though I've been absent, at the same time I've been very busy working for our Acadian & French-Canadian communities.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! God willing our troops will be home next year and our American economy will be on the road to recovery.

God bless and be with our troops and God Bless America this Thanksgiving 2008!


Your cousin Lucie

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