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Family Ties: 2014 Acadian Congress looking for more family reunions

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The next World Acadian Congress, featuring as many as 120 family reunions, will be held in August 2014 in Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and part of Quebec. If you didn’t see Julia Bayly’s Jan. 8 article on the event in the Bangor Daily News, do read it on the BDN website at http://bdn.to/c4m8.

Jason Parent, World Acadian Congress Maine international president and international family reunion task force chairman, will be the speaker at the Aroostook County Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Cary Medical Center in Caribou. The program will be a wonderful opportunity to hear about the upcoming World Acadian Congress.

The first round of reunion applicants has been approved. Julia Bayly’s article listed the towns where reunions are planned. I have reorganized the list by region.

The dozens of families approved so far, which are not necessarily Acadian, and the regions where they will hold events, are:

Maine: Ayotte, Beaulieu, Boutot, Caron, Chasse, Cyr, Daigle, Deveau, Deschaines/Deschenes, Dubois, Dugal, Dumont, Gagnon, Guerette, Lagace/Lagasse, Levesque, Madore, Marquis, Martin, Michaud, Morneault, Paradis, Parent, Picard, Roy, St. Pierre, Talbot/Gervais, Theriault, Violette.

New Brunswick: Baker; Belliveau, Broussard, Caissie, Charest, Fournier, Gaudet, Landry, Long/Lang, Maillet, Mallet/Mallais/Malley, Mazerolle, Nadeau, Ouellette, Poitras, Rioux, Savoie, Sirois/Lalancette, Soucy.

Quebec: Albert, Arsenault, Dionne, Dumont, Girouard, Godbout, Landry, Pelletier, Raymond, Richard, Turcotte/Turcotte.

Applications for the next round of those interested in hosting a family reunion in Maine and portions of Quebec and New Brunswick — Acadia of the Lands and Forests — in 2014 are available online at the website for the fifth World Acadian Congress at http://cma2014.org. It is expected that some 120 reunions will be held in Maine and eastern Canada.

Some of these families have held reunions in Madawaska to coincide with the annual Acadian Festival in years past. The Acadian Congress will offer many families the opportunity to gather again, and perhaps to attend a reunion for one of their other Franco-American lines.

Here are a couple of important resources for Franco-American research and the places they are available:

  1. “New Revised and Enlarged Works of the Genealogies of the Catholic Families of Aroostook County, Maine and the Catholic Diocese of Edmundston, New Brunswick,” edited by Diane K. Voskuhl, available at Maine State Library, Augusta; University of Maine at Fort Kent; and MacArthur Public Library, Biddeford.
  1. Repertoire Des Mariages Au Nord-Ouest Du Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada, Pour Les Comtes De Madawaska, Restigouche (partiellement) et Victoria, 1792-2001. “Marriages of Northwestern New Brunswick, Canada, for Madawaska, Restigouche (partially), and Victoria Counties,” by Jean-Guy Poitras, available at Maine State Library, Augusta; and at University of Maine at Fort Kent.

For more information on researching family history in Maine, including Franco-American research, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at http://bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties/. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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