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American-Canadian Genealogist, Vol. 43, Issue #150, No. 3 2017

Table of Contents

President’s Page
Muriel Chabot Normand, #5706………………………………………………………………………………………….98

Editor’s Page
Pauline Cusson #2572………………………………………………………………………………………………. 99

From Other Publications
Larry Autotte, #3505…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 100

Book Review
Janine LaFleur Penfield #9134 – Guide to DNA Testing …………………………………….. 106

What’s New on Our Shelves
Jeanne Boisvert, #6394…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 107

The Guindon/Adam Connections: Thomas Yondau or Thomas Adams?
Laverne K. Aitchison …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 108

Becoming unAmerican
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL – The Legal Genealogist ………………………………………… 110

L’Etoile d’Acadie

 A Touching Story of Forced Migration and Survival: An Interview with
Aimée LeBlanc
Barbara Le Blanc, Ph.D. …………………………………………………………………………………… 112

Acadians & Autosomal DNA Testing
Michael B. Melanson, #2803 …………………………………………………………………………………… 118

DNA Basics for Genealogists
Lynne Farr and Nancy Archdekin …………………………………………………………………….. 119

Choosing the Test and the Company
Nancy Archdekin and Lynne Farr ……………………………………………………………………. 123

Queries and Answers
Mary Anna Paquette #2378……………………………………………………………………………………….. 128

New Members
Stephen Lefoley #4141 …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 132

Index to Vol. 43, Issues 148, 149, 150 ………………………………………………………………………… end

Research and Sales Catalog …………………………………………………………………………………… Center pages

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President’s Page
Muriel Chabot Normand#5706

Off to a new year with new goals!

1. Fund and develop a website that will allow us to provide members with access to a “Members Only” site hosting our collection of repertoires and obituaries.
2. Lease the third floor to supplement lost revenue due to declining memberships and increased occupancy costs.
3. Reinstate the ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee, which will include “oldies” Julie Smith and Larry Autotte. Both have a long history with the Society and are also new Board members – Larry as a Director and Julie as the Vice President. Other members include Board members Cecile Durocher and Steve Lefoley and former president Gerry Savard. Ron Blais will chair it and I will be ad hoc. The mission is to look at options as well as obstacles that face us as the genealogy landscape continues to evolve; more information will be forthcoming in our monthly newsletter.

We also welcome Jeanne Lundell, Recording Secretary, to our Research Services team and Elaine Maurice, Corresponding Secretary, to the Board of Directors as well as to the Library Committee.

We have established a liaison with our fellow French Canadians at the Franco- American Centre here in Manchester. Our members may attend any of their paid events at member rates and members may attend our fall conference and any other paid event at our member rates. We will also share newsletters, Facebook posts, website notifications and other events of interest. We will be providing a tour of the library in March, during Francophonie Month and offer a genealogy presentation in their spring lecture series. You can visit their website at www.facnh.com.

We have received notification that we will be honored with a $1200 gift from the Charette-Charest Family Association that is disbanding. We will honor the Association with a gold leaf on our Tree of Life. This money will serve as the initial seed money for our new website which will be augmented by a fundraising campaign and applying for grants to reach our goal. Our DNA special interest group is off to a great start with over 20 attendees at its initial meeting. Check our website for future meeting dates.

Wishing you all a warm and pleasant holiday season.

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Editor’s Page
Pauline Cusson, #2572
editor@acgs.org

Articles really came together in an odd form for this issue. I was glad to see another wonderful article from Barbara Le Blanc that you can enjoy under the masthead of l’Etoile d’Acadie. Good job, Barbara. Also, the ever-persistent Michael Melanson, #2803, felt compelled to send us a short note on the uniqueness of DNA testing for Acadians. I thank him for submitting it and then for his persistence in having to explain it to me at least three times. Once the light went on though, the article content became so clear. It follows Barbara’s article under l’Etoile d’Acadie.

This is going to feel like a DNA issue but I assure you it will enlighten all our readers whether you are doing your DNA or just thinking about it. Good advice for all of us.

By chance, Laverne Aitchison, Editor of the Guindon Journal, sent me their recent issue also asking if people wanted to be removed from her mailing list. I don’t always get a chance to read it but one article just seemed to jump off the page at me. Laverne has given us permission to reprint it. Not only is it a good article about knocking down brick walls in your genealogy research but it shows what can happen after a DNA test.

To add a little variety, I ran across an article on Judy Russell’s Blog, “The Legal Genealogist” that really surprised me about citizenship and naturalization. Thank you, Judy, for permission to reprint this article. With so many French-Canadian Ancestors in our genealogy and their migration to New England, this is very informative for our readers.

Once again Janine LaFleur Penfield has submitted a great book review. This one is on a DNA book by Blaine Bettinger. Sounds like a helpful book for novices in DNA research too. Also Janine catalogs our periodicals and newsletters that come into the library. She spotted a 4-part series on DNA tests in the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society’s newsletter and wrote to the publisher for permission to reprint. You’ll find the first two installments in this issue and the last two in the next issue.

As always, Larry Autotte has done another great service in providing article lists from the many periodicals we receive from other genealogical societies. It’s a very helpful service to our many readers. This leads me into this notice that our up-to-date Article Index for our journal is now available on our website. It’s in pdf format so you can do a ‘control F’ to find any word in the index. For example, if you are looking for an article title that might contain the word ‘Acadia,’ you can search all 66 pages for article titles that contain that word in a matter of seconds. We hope you will use it to enhance your research skills.

One last note of interest – in case you didn’t notice, this is issue #150 – a milestone for the organization. We hope the journal has made it worthwhile for many of you to remain as loyal members of the Society. If you find a back issue that you would like to get, contact the editor@ acgs.org. We can only send digital back issues but we think you’ll find it quite useful once you get use to using pdfs. If you are local to the library, don’t hesitate to stop in for a paper copy of the back issues.