1. The Cyr and Violette Family Reunions were a smashing success! I enjoyed attending and participating in both and had the opportunity to meet-up with so many of my internet-cousins in Madawaska (Cyr) and Van Buren (Violette).
a) The Cyr Family Reunion: The Cyr Organizing Committee did an outstanding job under the capable leadership of its President, Norman Cyr. A series of three Cyr Genealogy Books were produced by Jackie Querze [you can contact her at Home: 207-7286325, Cell: 207-316-2522 or email: email@example.com], at the minimal price of $60.00 (for the three books). Unfortunately, the books were not produced in time for the reunion and I am still awaiting my copies of same. The updated "Cyr Family Genealogy" CD-ROM (with additional 8,000 individuals) was a hot commodity at the reunion. Connect to http://www.acadian.org/family.html for added information. Want to hear the song which was produced just for the Cyr Family Reunion? Click on http://www.acadian.org/mad-soc.html
b) The Violette Family Reunion: Headed-up by my good friend, Paul Bunnell, the Violette Family Reunion was very successful. The election of new officers were conducted during the reunion and following are the new 'head-honchos'...
President: David A. Violette [David@Violette.com] Visit David's web site at http://www.Violette.com
Vice-President: Paul L. Violette
Secretary: Rod Violette
Treasurer: Don Hudenburg
2. Needless to say, the next major Acadian-Cajun event will be the Congres Mondial Acadien to be held in 2014 in parts of Quebec, Maine and New Brunswick (Acadia of the Lands and Forest - L'Acadie des terres et forets). Connect to my http://www.acadian.org/congres5.html for latest information, as well as a map indicating where the CMA2014 will be held.
3. "History of the Cajuns" Book: Those of you who attended the Cyr and Violette Family Reunions are aware that I "ran out of inventory" this Summer however, pleased to advise I have now received additional inventory of this excellent publication. Details can be found at http://www.acadian.org/alexloya.html
4. The Acadian and Cajun Genealogy, History, Culture and Music Facebook Group which I created earlier this year, currently has 1,561 members and is a phnominal success. I am grateful to my Cajun cousin, Paul LeBlanc, for accepting to act as my Assistant Administrator. Interested in joining? View the Group Guidelines at http://www.acadian.org/facebookgroup.html
5. While the Internet is a wonderful resource for researching our roots, it is also a powerful medium which can be used by some (perhaps unknowingly) to perpetuate misleading and incorrect information. This often results in "myths" which require years before they are corrected by serious researchers. To assist everyone in this regards, I have recently posted an "Acadian Myths" page on my web site. Be sure to visit at http://www.acadian.org/acadianmyths.html and correct your genealogy research accordingly.
6. As the Administrator of the Cyr Surname DNA Group Project (only), I have tried to encourage those of Cyr ancestry to have their DNA tested and join our Group. See http://www.acadian.org/cyrname.html for details of our efforts to determine the origin of Pierre Sire/Sirre, our first ancestor. Also, visit the following for DNA resource information: http://www.acadian.org/hightech.html Needless to say, DNA is _not_ limited to the Cyr surname and, as a matter of fact, one of the best existing Group which I would encourage you to join (in addition to ours, if you are a Cyr), is the "French Heritage Group Project which, I believe has in excess of 1,500 members...if memory serves me well, but it doesn't always ;-). That project is dedicated to the hundreds of founding ancestors who came primarily from France in the 17th century and whom most of us with French surnames, descend. The objective of that Project (as it is with our Cyr Group), is to identify the DNA signatures of our earliest ancestors, by testing present-day proven (or alleged) descendants. The DNA Project of Family Tree DNA hope to provide, for generations to come, a DNA benchmark signature for those ancestors. This will allow others with similar signature (or variations), a standard to match against. Check out...
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7. And finally, for all my Acadian-Cajun cousins receiving this newsletter, don't forget the "Le Grand Reveil Acadien - The Great Acadian Awakening" taking place in St. Martinville, Louisiana next month (October 2011). For More Information Contact Ray Trahan, Louisiana Acadie President; Phone: (337) 288-2681 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Summer (despite the inconsistent weather conditions) and are giving thought to the fast-arriving Fall season. Stay safe and keep healthy
Kindest personal regards,