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La Gazette Hbert


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Laura H. Gaspard, Editor
Russell Gaspard, Publisher

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Abbeville, La.  70511-0375

Issue 16 

Abbeville, La.

April 2000    


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The Genealogy Corner
by:  Woody Hebert

The recent interest in learning about our ancestors has been aroused in Acadiana due in part to the publicity surrounding Franco Fte and Congrs mondial acadien, Louisiane 1999. For me, it began in 1994 during the first Congrs mondial acadien celebrated in New Brunswick, Canada.

I had known from childhood that we were Acadians and that my ancestors were from Nova Scotia, but beyond my grandparents, I had no earthly idea who my ancestors were: The New Brunswick celebration prompted me to begin a search for my roots. Little did I realize at the time that this newly found passion would consume me with a drive to find not only I my roots, but my heritage as well.

Finding my ancestors back to the first colonists in Nova Scotia was quick and easy. With few exceptions, records of the early generations in Nova Scotia have been well pre

served. Some of the records during the years of the deportation have been lost but links can usually be established. From the first arrivals in Louisiana until World War II, most Acadian families remained in the same localities thereby making it easy for genealogy research. Having traced my ancestral line back to the first colonists in Nova Scotia, my next journey was to learn more about the history of those events from the very beginning to the present.

My research provided me with an opportunity to reveal my own identity: I became linked with history. Before, to me, American history had always been about someone else in some other place until I learned that my own ancestors fought in the American Revolution and the Civil War; that they were land owners and slave owners and that some were rich and some lived in poverty. But, most of all it has made me proud of my Acadian heritage. .

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    Notre intrt grandissant pour l'histoire de nos anctres a t veill, dans l'Acadiana, en grande partie cause de la publicit qui entoure FrancoFte et le Congres mondial acadien, Louisiane 1999. Pour moi, tout a dbut en 1994 pendant le premier Congrs mondial acadien au Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada.

    J'ai toujours su, depuis mon enfance, que. nous tions Acadiens et que mes anctres venaient de la Nouvelle-cosse, mais au del de mes grandsparents, je n'avais pas d'ide qui taient mes anctres. Les clbrations au Nouveau-Brunswick m'ont pouss commencer la recherche de mes racines. Je ne ralisais pas, l'poque, que cette nouvelle passion allait me consumer avec l'avidit de trouver, non seulement mes racines, mais aussi mon hritage.

Tracer mes anctres jusqu'aux premiers colons arrivs en Nouvelle-cosse s'est fait rapidement et facilement. Mis part quelques exceptions, les documents des premires gnrations en Nouvelle- cosse ont t bien conservs.

Quelques documents datant des annes de la Dportation ont t perdus mais les liens peuvent habituellement t faits. partir des premiers dbarquements en Louisiane jusqu' la deuxime guerre mondiale, la plupart des familles acadiennes sont demeures dans les mme localits, rendant les recherches gnalogiques faciles. Maintenant que j'avais trac mes anctres jusqu'aux premiers colons en Nouvelle cosse, mon prochain objectif tait d'en apprendre plus sur l'histoire de ces vnements depuis le dbut jusqu'au prsent.

Ma recherche m'a donn la chance de rvler ma propre identit:  je suis devenu une partie de l'histoire. Auparavant, pour moi, l'histoire amricaine tait toujours propos de quelqu'un d'autre dans un autre endroit, jusqu' ce que j'apprenne que mes anctres se sont battus lors de la Rvolution amricaine et la Guerre civile; ils taient propritaires de terres et d'esclaves, certains taient riches alors que d'autres taient pauvres. Mais, par dessus tout, cela m'a rendu fier de mon hritage acadien.


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