Sunday, August 22, 2010


In our business of preserving genealogy and family history, we meet and work with some very dedicated people. It is truly inspiring. People who are so dedicated and who will devote years for the love of their work. One such dedicated lady was Suzanne Lévesque, our Founding Delegate for the Charles and Claudia Thériault Great-Branch of Sainte-Épiphane, QC. Suzanne was one of the first to contact us in our first year to encourage us in our work but to ask us why we had not included her branch in our Archive! I explained how we are organized and that we include only those branches that someone brings to us and who is willing to represent the branch. So she said "Sign me up! What are we waiting for?" That was the start of a long association.

As I continue my current project of reorganizating my files, I recently came up on some materials that were sent to me by another very dedicated lady who I hope I'm not going to embarrass by mentioning her name: Murielle Thériault, our Delegate for the George and Virginie Thériault Great-Branch. Included in Murielle's package was a photo of Suzanne in her kitchen. Immediately, I wanted to post it here for everyone to see and reminisce.

As many of you know, we lost Suzanne a few years ago after a long battle with her health... and we miss her and her wonderful work and cooperation. Here's to Suzanne, her very fine work and total dedication. She helped many of our other delegates make some sense out of their genealogy. What would we have done without Suzanne?


For what seems to be years now, I have been cleaning out out my files (both on my computer and in my Study) and in general, getting myself reorganized. Over the last decade of operations with the Terriot Acadian Family Society, I have been blessed with so many letters from our delegates and other members of the family. Many are very noteworthy and cannot just be filed but need to be brought to your attention.

One such letter was from Vincent Durant, our delegate for the Philomene and Stephen Great-Branch. This was received around 2 August 2005 when Canada Post issued two special stamps to honor the expulsion of the French Acadians from their homeland. The commemorative stamps are simply beautiful (left click on each set to enlarge) and although I am five years late in bringing this kind thought to your attention, I thought that it is never too late to acknowledge a good deed such as Vincent's.

Thank you Vincent!

Hint: After you left click on the stamp set to enlarge it, once the new window opens with the enlarged image, left click on that image to enlarge it even further. The detail is exquisite! Can you see the beautiful Évangeline in front of her church in Grand Pré?