Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!  2016 will be a great year for research!  During December, I was very fortunate to find the two volumes of Stephen A White's "Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes" for sale on Ebay for a very reasonable price:




With these two volumes I hope I will finally get details about the Acadian ancestors in my families to accurately document births, marriages and deaths from 1636 to 1714.  Merry, merry, merry.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

La Fédération Franco-américaine du New York


 On Saturday December 12, 2015, members of La Fédération Franco-américaine du New York, based in Cohoes, NY came together to share their holiday spirit. The site of the holiday brunch featuring seaford crepes, chicken français, omelettes, bacon, sausage, fruits, croissants was at the former St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, now "The Venue".  The food was good and the music was great. Traditional Quebec music - up and on the altar - was provide by musicians who played keyboard and hammered dulcimer, "Two Bits String Band" (Vonnie Estes and John Guay), Maurice Mercier who played "everything" including his feet in the Quebec rhythm keeping style and fiddler Nancy Bakemeier.  These musicians often play together for contra dancing events and at the Saratoga DanceFlurry, so it was quite a pleasure to hear them play and stomp for The Federation!