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Tuesday September 23, 2014

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 9:29 am

    French-Canadian most common names with roots in Perche region of France

    In a list of the 15 most common French-Canadian family names, at least eight can be traced to origins in the Perche region in western France. Daniel Gagné, a history enthusiast from Montreal, described his family’s connection to Perche, in a power point report on research about French colonial emigration, during a program to the Gagné-Bellavance Rassemblement, on September 13 in Wells-Ogunquit, Maine. In fact, the Gagnon and Gagné names are […]

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    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Rassemblement Association Gagné-Bellavance in Wells-Ogunquit

    La foi, la langue, la culture avec beaucoup de musique! French and English was heard spoken, almost as though the two were one language, while family members enjoyed learning about the Franco-Americans of Maine and the history of the Gagné-Bellavance family tree, at la Rassemblement (gathering or rally) of the Association Gagné-Bellavance, during the weekend of September 13-14, 2014, in Wells-Ogunquit. Attendees certainly  experienced a beautiful weekend to learn about Franco-Americans […]

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    Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 8:12 am

    French-Acadian history books describe decades post le grand derangement

    Two recently published books describe the Acadian history beyond the brutal 1755, upheaval by the British, called “le grand derangement”. French-Acadian history is routinely reported as beginning in1604, with the settlement of St. Croix Island in Maine. Many histories then leap to 1755, the year of le grand derangement, the name for a  series of brutal events also described as the great and tragic Acadian displacement from Nova Scotia, during […]

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    Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Franco-American diversity: identified by different names

    Writing about Franco-Americans often requires a reference list of the groups included in this large population of people who share French heritage, along with a diverse ancestry. Franco-Americans are not a monolithic group. They include the French-Canadians, many of them Quebecois, who became Americans, as well as the French Acadians who originally settled in the Canadian Maritimes including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. French Huguenots are also […]

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    Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Teaching children French and Franco-American heritage

    A query from a reader echoes a desire to learn about the Franco-American culture through the French language and to pass this knowledge along to future generations. Hayley Williams of Belfast ME writes, “While looking up resources for learning French with my two daughters, I thought you might be a person who could provide advice. My two daughters are more than half French (mostly on my husband’s side).  His family […]

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    Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Je Me Souviens by Ruth Bouchard Klein of Brunswick Maine

    Je Me Souviens is a gift Ruth Bouchard Klein wrote for her family. She published the book to help educate them about what it was like growing up Franco-American and to be proud of their heritage. Ruth grew up in the French neighborhood of Topsham Heights, along the Androscoggin River.  When she went to school in Brunswick, she remembers walking across the picturesque Androscoggin River swinging bridge two times every […]

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 9:11 am

    Franco family names welcome at Gagne-Bellavance rassemblent in Wells -Ogunquit

    On the Gagne-Bellavance Family Association genealogy website, there’s a reference to a list containing 118 ways to spell the family’s name. Although the most common spelling is Gagne, it’s reported that the original spelling of the name, used in France, was Gasnier. Along with its various spellings, the website reports the name to be the tenth most common in the Province of Quebec today. During the family’s 17th century Quebec history, […]

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    Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Museum L-A features Mini Maker Faire September 6 in Lewiston

    Lewiston is a city where industrial entrepreneurs built successful businesses.  French-Canadians, largely from Quebec, were drawn by the thousands to Lewiston and Auburn, during the past two centuries, to work in the mills along the Androscoggin River. Connecting Lewiston’s and Auburn’s industrial pasts with the potential for future entrepreneurs is one of several goals for the non-profit Museum L-A, says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, a Franco-American who is the executive director of […]

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    Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 10:51 am

    French Acadians celebrate Feast of the Assumption Mass

    Dozens of hand bells were rung by a procession of children who proclaimed the opening of the Acadian Mass, on the Feast of the Assumption, in Madawaska, at the 2014 World Acadian Congress.  The bell ringing was a chilling reminder about the reason the French-Acadians continue to congregate every five years to research their religious and historic heritages. Also, the Acadians gather to celebrate their survival in the face of […]

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