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Here’s the problem:  we have this organization called the “Terriot Acadian Family Society”, or simply “Terriot Acadian Family” for short. It was founded in 1999 just before the turn of the new century. Today, many continue to refer to it as “Joe-Ralph’s organization”, or “Joe-Ralph’s website”… “Joe-Ralph’s Grand Branches”, etc.

To introduce and explain our organization, we have an “About Us” page here on our blog and of course, throughout our website, we have an extensive introduction to our mission, our work and our organization on our website.  Still, many continue rudely ignore the work of so many other people. Our website is the work of many devoted delegates; our Jehan Terriot Archive is the work of some 100 delegates each representing their respective Great-Branches.

Perhaps it is the nature of our organization. We don’t have a headquarters, or a central location. We are an e-society. We talk to each other by e-mail, sometimes by phone and some times by virtual conference over Webex, GoToMeeting or Skype. And at other times, we enjoy each others company in personal visits as some of us travel around the North American continent. Many delegates have never met in face-to-face meetings but all have worked together to bring their genealogy together and to accomplish other family projects. Our membership is by invitation only and we do not levy membership dues which makes us a little unusual, I suppose. As the sole condition for membership, each member has agreed to represent his or her branch and to help develop the genealogy and possibly also the history of his or her branch.

Great-Branch Lineage Table. (CLICK TO OPEN DOCUMENT)

Great-Branch Lineage Table. (CLICK TO OPEN DOCUMENT)

Our goal is to integrate the genealogy of the descendants of Jehan and Perrine Terriot. To date, we believe that the first 5 generations are complete as defined by the best research of our Acadian researchers like Stephen White, Fidèle Thériault and Karen Theriot Reader. To date, we have documented in our Archive about 900 members of the 9th generation. Our ‘Great Branch’ concept bases its definition of a Great Branch on the members of the 9th generation:  each member of the 9th generation defines a Great Branch. Using statistical analysis and a few assumptions about the size and composition of our families, we believe that we will eventually discover another 100 members of the 9th generation.

To date, we have documented about 100 Great Branches up to the contemporary 14th generation as shown in our ‘Great Branch Lineage Table‘. Although we have the data for many more Great Branches, we will not document them until and unless someone volunteers to bring his or her branch to us and volunteers to serve as a delegate for the Great Branch. That is our operational concept. This limitation is imposed because we are not just a genealogical organization. We are also a historical and a social organization of family members who work together and exchange family information. (See our new “Photo Histories” section.) This is our experiment; to see how far we can go to integrate our genealogy as we get to know each other and thus pull together the various Great Branches of our family. Finally, while we are not just a genealogical organization, our genealogy is distinguished from the others (with the exception of Stephen White and Karen Theriot Reader) in that we document our sources. To date, we have well over two thousand documented sources as listed in our ‘Archive Sources‘.

We continue to be contacted by members of the family who just learned about our website and ask how they could join. Gradually, slowly, our Great-Branch count increases. Our beautiful website continues to serve as a beacon sending out the bilingual message throughout the world about the story and descendants of Jehan and Perrine Terriot.

How long will it take to find and document all 1000 Great-Branches?  That is an open question.

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cma2014 logoJust a short message to let all delegates know that Mr. Richard Lyness of the CMA L’Acadie des Terres et Forets in Madawaska, Maine called us to let us know that the Terriot Family reunion has been scheduled to open on Saturday, 16 August 2014.

I called the organizer, Ken Theriault, Jr and asked him to confirm the date which he did. He did not know how many days the reunion would last. In the past, it has always been at least one day sometimes lasting as many as two days.

Please let me know of any questions.  We will be posting and updating on our website and blog our information on available motels/B&B/campgrounds, etc., that are available. When the Theriault Reunion organization begins their plans, they will be publishing a website which will include information on available accommodations.

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Just puttering around the family website this morning and I was reminded of a gem of a slide presentation that I received from a cousin in Québec.  For those among you who enjoy good music, here are some of the words from the music section of the Terriot website “Acadian, Cajun Music” and the words that introduce the video presentation:

A Most Beautiful Memory of our parents and grandparents

This beautiful video presentation created by ‘Creations TONYM’ with the music by Jean Lapointe. Take a few moments to view the presentation. You will most certainly enjoy it. If you are familiar with our great French Canadian and Acadian custom for music at home, this presentation will bring back fond memories. If you are not familiar with the custom, the presentation makes a good lesson in the history of our culture. 

Click here to start the presentation

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Just received a note from Murielle Thériault (our delegate for the George & Virginie Thériault Great-Branch of Ontario), about an article that she had just received from Nita, a Louisiana cousin. It is a story of a group of Acadian ancestors who were exiled to Georgia. It is a heart-wrenching story of how desperately the Acadians simply wanted to return home to their families.  Thank you Nita and Murielle for this article.  JRT

It was a bitter January 1756 for the Acadians exiled to Georgia, a place where – like Virginia – the government was unprepared to receive them, didn’t want them, and cared little whether they lived or died.
The first transport to the former penal colony of Georgia anchored at Savannah in early December 1775, and the colony’s governor, John Reynolds, immediately told his underlings to turn away any Acadians that were to be landed there. He warned the colony’s chief pilot that any landing of the Acadians would be done  ‘at his peril.’

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Lise Pelletier

Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

I received a brief message from my friend Ghislain Savoie this morning who is relaying an important radio program from Radio Canada on the ‘Acadians of Maine’. The program is in French but would be interesting to all francophones, especially the people of northern Maine. Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is interviewed by Stephane Coté. Here is a summary:

For over a century, the French-speaking people of Maine have been confronted by various policies of assimilation which ranged from intimidation to discrimination. Despite this, French is still spoken in the state. That was the message delivered last week at the University of Moncton, Edmundston, by the director of Acadian Archives at the University of Maine in Fort Kent, Lise Pelletier.

Here is the Radio Canada program “L’Histoire des Acadiens du Maine… Story of the Maine Acadians“.

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Le Parler Acadien, or Acadian Speak

le parler acadien

Walter and Honoré LeBlanc with straight faces explaining the origins of the Acadian word “macher”…

I just discovered a very entertaining and very interesting video on the origins of some of our Acadian French words and language. Two enterprising young Acadians, Walter and Honoré LeBlanc put together this 12 minute video. To me, coming from the region, it was hilarious to listen to them. Alot of it is ‘tongue-in-cheek’, so you have to listen closely.

Now to make sure that you understand, this video is about the French language and is in French of course. So, for those of you who are not francophones… sorry.

Check this video out. It’s a hoot!

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cma2014 logoJust a short note for a little information on lodging for CMA in New Brunswick & Québec areas of l’Acadie des Terres et Forets… the motels in Edmundston have already begun taking reservations for 2014… in fact, the Best Western in Edmundston is already booked for the two weeks for the CMA. The Best Western was good enough to give me the phone numbers for all of the lodging facilities in Edmundston, St Jacques and Grand Falls. So, you will find them on our CMA 2014 page. (See the tabs at the top of this page.)