Genealogy Investigations in Missouri and Illinois #3: George Weaver’s Thoughts on Florissant, the Osage Indians and the French

Paul Sableman, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

When I was in St. Louis, over three years ago, I spent two days at the Missouri History Museum Library & Research Center to work on the Tourvilles, of course, but also on the Roussel/Fasnacht couple, and the Caillou family featured on this blog.

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My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | Z for Zachary Richard

I will end up this Challenge by introducing you to, or remind you of, a Louisiana-born singer whose Acadian ancestry crosses mine—another telling illustration of how heartlessly families were separated during the Deportation. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | Y for YouTube

The letter Y has inspired me this. It has taken me three hundred times the amount of work of all the other posts. Anyway, enjoy and have a nice trip! 🙂 Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | X for Cross

The photo featured on all my posts since the beginning of this year’s French Challenge shows the Deportation Cross memorial, located at Horton Landing, 1.5 km from Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | W for White

Reviewing records of the locality where your Acadian ancestors eventually settled remains the best way to collect any clues about them. Thus, as nearly all of my Acadian ancestors ended up in Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, local church records proved very useful indeed. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | V for Vachon

Even if I’m doing genealogy since 1990, I started to search for my Acadian ancestors rather late. It might have been a blessing though since I took up research at about the same time author André-Carl Vachon published the very three books that were—and are still—so helpful for me. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | U for Unity

The Acadia World Congress or Le Congrès mondial acadien (CMA)—founded by André Boudreau in 1994—is a festival held every five years that brings Acadians of the diaspora together to celebrate their culture and history. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | T for Thériault

Honoré Thériault is the lucky guy who married Marie Fouquet in Saint-Servan in 1760. I wrote before that after having children in Pleudihen-sur-Rance, in Brittany, France, they left for Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | S for Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan

Simply known today as Saint-Jacques, Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan was also called Saint-Jacques-de-la-Nouvelle-Acadie by the first settlers, Acadians who arrived in 1770 from Boston. The first parish register dates back to 1774. Continue reading

My 2019 French ChallengeAZ in 100 Words—or More | R for Richard

How about meeting my ancestors Jean-Baptiste Richard and Marie-Josephte Hébert? This couple was married on May 11, 1739, in Port-Royal. Continue reading