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American-Canadian Genealogist, Vol. 43, Issue #152, No. 2,  2018

Table of Contents

President’s Letter
Muriel Chabot Normand, #5706………………………………………………………………………………………….58

Editor’s Page
Pauline Cusson #2572………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59

A Tribute To One of Our Fallen Soldiers.……………………………………………………………60

What’s New on Our Shelves
Jeanne Boisvert, #6394…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 61

From Other Publications
Larry Autotte, #3505…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 62

The Matrilineal Line of Mother M-Josephine Clarice Gaudette:
Pirates, Patriots, and Repatriation
Laurent Autotte, #3505 …………………………………………………………………………………….. 69

History of the Chevrefils dit Belisle Families
Translation by Dennis Taylor …………………………………………………………………………….. 74

From One Dilemma to the Next: Chasing the Ancestral Line of Eugénie Gagnon
Pauline Cusson, #2572 ……………………………………………………………………………………… 80

Etoile d’Acadie
Fond Memories of A LeFort Family Connection
Barbara Le Blanc, Ph. D. …………………………………………………………………………………..83

Queries and Answers
Mary Anna Paquette #2378……………………………………………………………………………………….. 88

New Members
Stephen Lefoley #4141 …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 90

Fall Conference …………………………………………………………………………………… Center Section

Research and Sales Catalog …………………………………………………………………………………… End Section


President’s Page
Muriel Chabot Normand#5706

As we prepare for the Fall Conference and Officer/Board elections, I look back at the past year and indeed it has been one of addressing major issues.

Our Strategic Planning Team took a long look at our decreasing membership, library use and our finances. Only about one third of our members live within one hour distance from the library; somewhere around 15% use the library regularly; the remainder essentially receives three journals, and discounted research for their dues money; many do not renew once we have helped to complete their research.

Thus our first initiative was a website fundraising campaign to provide a new website with a “Members Only” portal so that all of our members will have access to our many resources, and some of the same databases accessible in the library. It is currently under development and should be up and running by the Fall Conference. Again, we thank you for your incredible response and hope that you will be pleased with the results.

Next, came a hard look at our finances. In a sentence, the cost of maintaining our three-story building exceeds our revenues and requires dipping into our reserves on an all-too-frequent basis; we essentially require one floor to house our holdings; we have rented the first floor to another nonprofit and the revenue helps but it doesn’t fill the gap. Renting the third floor is a possibility but would most likely require upgrades to meet current building codes. That would require a loan estimated at $75,000 to $150,000. The acid question became: Do we want to be landlords and all of which that entails?? The Board members are all retired from our days of earning income and are a society of volunteers; moreover we are genealogical researchers, workers, and educators.

After a great deal of discussion with the Board and Strategic Planning Committee, we had the building assessed, and met with commercial realtors to discuss both renting the third floor and/or a potential sale. With unanimous support from the Board, we have decided to sell the building. Ideally we would be able to rent back the second floor from a new owner but, one way or the other we will have a sizable cash reserve. The investment income, membership dues, research fees, and book sale revenues will be sufficient to provide future services and help insure the continuation of our society’s mission or many years to come.

I applaud the Board and Strategic Planning members for their hard work; most of us have been around for many years; it was not an easy decision to make but we do believe it will “keep us in business.”

Onward and upward!

Muriel


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

Each issue of the Genealogist is an adventure for me. The usual features begin to come in about a month before the issue goes to print. Articles are a different story….

Barbara Le Blanc came through once again with another of her family research discoveries. Barbara has a treasure trove of resources available to her with help from Charles D. Roach of the Père Charles Aucoin Genealogy Centre in Chéticamp and in her many cousins who contribute to her articles so lovingly and freely.

This one is about a LeFort family connection and is again well done and precise. It spans two countries – Cape Breton Island, Canada to Waltham, Massachusetts.

As our readers know, Larry Autotte provides a recap of all articles published in other publications to bring new article titles to our readers. I noticed in his current lists there seems to be more French journals than English ones….. He can provide copies of short articles if you are interested but we recommend you contact the journal and/or society that produces the journal. It demonstrates the value of of this segment in our journal.

In his spare time, Larry has developed a most interesting story that evolved from a newspaper article in the Manchester, NH Union Leader newspaper. It’s amazing how one’s curiosity can lead us to such an interesting outcome.

Dennis Taylor has submitted another of his translations from a French Family Genealogy that he discovered on our shelves. Surely, most of our members can no longer read French so I find these articles very useful. Dennis chose to give us a translation on the story of one of his ancestors, François Chevrefils dit Belisle.

We have an interesting series of four volumes that are historical novels. These books are “New on Our Shelves” and were donated by member, Cecile Durocher.

Our Q&As were submitted by Mary Anna Paquette and as you will see, we are running out of new queries and even our old unanswered queries are decreasing. Once again, we were able to answer some of the old unanswered queries. Don’t hesitate to give it a try yourselves – it’s always fulfilling to supply answers to a fellow genealogist who has reached a brick wall. Send them to queries@acgs.org.

I feel strongly that many of our readers have a story to tell that will enhance our journal and encourage others to venture into the world of family research. If you want to send suggestions or articles to me please use editor@acgs.org or my personal email: pcusson@att.net. Use the subject line ACGS-article.

In taking my own advice, I’ve also decided to add an article that developed from a Cusson research that I did for a new-found cousin from DNA results. This particular line was for the wife of a Alphonse Cusson – Eugénie Gagnon. Hope many of our readers will learn the lessons I learned from this research – never say never!!