Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pass It On

Hello, it has been a while since I blogged ,here it is 6 am and I am sitting here wondering what I could say. And I came up with this . I wish I knew then what I know now about my roots, had I known how interesting the stories would be , I would have talked with my grandmother whom I was told had wonderful stories to share about her youth, her parents and relatives. I would have spoken to a great aunt who I was told was a story teller, everyone in the village would gather at her home to hear her tell stories,but when it was time to say the rosary, no matter who was there, the stories stopped, everyone kneeled and prayed. I have been fortunate to have my Mom's stories, funny stories, sad stories, loving ones too. For example she told me that when I was just a baby ( so very long ago) , they lived in a log cabin, and in the winter time you could see the light from the cracks in the walls and she told me, at night time she would cover all us children snuggly in our beds and she would fasten our blankets with safety pins so we would not get uncovered.
Mom told me stories about her father working in the woods and he marked a path with an axe so that at mealtime my grandmother would send Mom or her brothers to bring him his meal and he had four meals a day, so this makes me believe that he was a thoughtful man. Mom said that after her school was over, her father made them read books that older grades would use because he was also once a teacher, and each night the kids sat on the stairway and listened to him quote from his favorite author Robbie Burns.
When I began searching for my family tree, it was something fantastic, to find all these people 's names but I wanted more, I wanted to know how they lived, where they lived, how they died ,who they really were. It is surprising what one can find in newspapers  or in records.  Many folks have traced their family lines, but many of them only have they were born , married and died dates, this is not enough for me. I am now doing an english line of mine that is interesting . One of my ancestors in the 1840s died in a workhouse in England. I found that workhouses were for the poor, the sick and the elderly. My ancestor was 80 years old his wife had died around 33 years earlier her baby was one year old when she died. Now I am curious to know what happened to all her children when she died, where did they live? With whom did they live? Were some adopted?
I want to know all these things, so that I can pass it down to my children and grandchildren or whoever else is interested . In return I am hoping that all my information that I have found throughout my research will be passed down through the years when I am no longer here.
Think about what I have said, and find stories (good or bad) about your family, write it down, pass it down, again I say once we are gone ,so are our memories and the memories of those who have gone before us. Pass It On!.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Genealogy & History Books

 Did you know that genealogy books can sometimes help you with your family tree, and that in history books there could be articles about your ancestors?History books sometimes explains how our ancestors lived in those eras. Genealogy books sometimes contain the link that you are missing. I have many genealogy and history books some are very important to me since they contain my people others I appreciate because with them I can help others. Today  I will talk about these books I have recently acquired and also a list of books that may be of interest to you.
Now some of these are in french and some in english, if you cannot speak french there are many translating programs out there.
The first book is called Agenda historique acadien 2012 ,in it we find a 2012 calendar with important dates of events that happened and 12 texts on paticular themes from 1525 to 1755 in example Acadian Deportation, English Conquest and more. This book sells for twenty dollars. I shall add where you can purchase it at the bottom of my blog.
Next book is Acadian Redemption by Warren A Perrin, From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen's Royal Proclamation, this book was voted best History Book in 2004 and it comes in both French and English,the English version sells for $25.00, the french version titles Une saga acadienne sells for $28.00,I have both the french and english versions in my possession  interesting reading.
Next book is Glossaire du vieux parler acadien by E.Boudreau and this is a french book with old acadian words of long ago, ( I call it chiaque) and many words are still being used in households of today. I really love this book.An example  COGNER =to knock,BRAILLER  =to cry.This book sells for $28.00.Here is a list of others books that can all be ordered from the same place which I shall add.
Le College de Caraquet by Clarence LeBreton price $15., L'Acadie des origines by Leopold Lanctot price $25., Famille acadienne book 1 by Leopold Lanctot and book 2 price each book $35.
L'Acadie de mes ancetres by Yvon Leger price $30., Evangeline, a tale of Acadie either french or english price $30., Beloved Acadia of my Ancestors by Yvon Leger ,english version prie $30.,Histoire de la Louisiane by Antoine Bernard price $30, Le drame acadien 1755 by Antoine Bernard.
Also available is Journal du Marquis de Montcalm price $29.95,and Journal du Chevalier de Levis price $19.95. All these books can be ordered from: LAMBDA Editions, 6-125 rue Champlain, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,Quebec J3B6V1  , phone 450-545-1523 or email .
There are many books you can loan from your public library also.So if you are beginning your family tree or even if you have been for awhile, we can never learn enough about our past,our ancestors and who we are. Until next  time, learn all that you can and most of all ,pass it down to the next generation. Have a great day.