Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.
Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb
The DNA-Genealogy-History.com Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA Project
DNA testing is adding substantially to the body of research available for all Acadian families, and because of the efforts of individual testers, we are now able to trace Acadian lineages, successfully and confidently, back to their earliest roots -- in the 17th and 18th centuries! Our Acadian AmerIndian Ancestry DNA project at Family Tree DNA includes Y chromosome DNA (Y DNA) results for male Acadian ancestors and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results for female Acadian ancestors. The project welcomes all Acadian descendants, and descendants of allied families who married into Acadian lines, as well as AmerIndian descendants associated with the eastern Canadian First Nations people.
All descendants of Acadian and related allied and First Nations family lines are welcome to join our Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project including those who have taken the Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA or transferred their autosomal test resuts to Family Tree DNA from other testing companies. We encourage any male who carries an Acadian surname and descends from an Acadian family, or allied family who married into an Acadian line, to take the Y DNA test, in addition to the Family Finder autosomal DNA test, and all people who descend directly matrilineally (from your mother to her mother to her mother on up the tree) to an Acadian or a First Nations ancestor who married into an Acadian family to have an mtDNA test and join the project.
One of the greatest tragedies of the Acadian expulsion that began in 1755 is the irrevocable loss of family. We, as family researchers, have problems in finding legitimate records for that period as in many instances our family records were destroyed. One of the greatest benefits of Y and mtDNA DNA testing with our Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project is that we are able to "see through" the gaps in our family lines tracing back to the time of the Acadian expulsion, and find lost links that connect us back to our earliest ancestors. By having the Y DNA and mtDNA test results of Acadian descendants in-hand, along with available genealogy information, we are able to trace our most precious lineages from father to father, mother to mother, all the way back to the first Acadian settlement in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. Through advanced Y DNA testing, we've been able to pinpoint specific genetic markers that differentiate descendants of specific Acadian surname lines from all others.
That our genes did not "forget" who we are and where we came from is perhaps one of the most significant research findings of our Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project, and with our Y, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA test results, we are re-connecting and finding our way "home" in the truest sense of the word. Our astounding abilities to reconnect, by way of matching DNA test results, may be the best "just desserts" ever to be served upon those whose grand scheme was to split us asunder and thereby cause us to fail. Our genetic, cultural, historical, and genealogical "staying power" is why we have people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Gaspe, Montreal, Ontario, Quebec and westward, Louisiana, Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, California, France, and everywhere else participating in "our" Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project.
The "Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project" is therefore open to all of our "legacy" cousins, who carry our celebrated Acadian and Amerindian project surnames and lines, our "allied families," (including Romeros, Oubres, Smiths, and all others) who married into Acadian families and have become a part of the greater Acadian / Cajun family tree, the "collateral cousins," who are related to Acadians and are still trying to figure out how, and those special cousins who, as Cousin Paul has stated so eloquently, "were raised at an Acadian / Cajun hearth" -- by the fireplace or in the kitchen of a loving (and very wise!) Acadian / Cajun mother or grandmother who never used the words "biological," "half," "step," "foster," or "adopted" when she talked about all of her children and grandchildren.
You can view the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project information here: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/acadian-amerindian/about/background
You can see the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project's Y DNA participants here to determine if your male ancestral line is represented: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/AcadianAmerIndian?iframe=yresults
You can see the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project's mitochondrial participants here to determine if our female ancestral line is represented: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/AcadianAmerIndian?iframe=mtresults
For questions about joining the Acadian Amerindian Ancestry DNA project, contact the project administrators:
Deadra Doucet Bourke at micmaclagniappe(a)gmail.com
Marie Rundquist at mrundqui(a)shentel.net
Roberta Estes at robertajestes(a)att.net
(Additional information can be found at https://dna-genealogy-history.com/travel-by-ancestry/travel-by-ancestry-t...)
On January 7th Rootsweb informed us that “Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state. Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb ...”
Upon receiving this notice we immediately began searching for another system that could accommodate the mailing list format we use on Rootsweb. After much research, we determined Google Groups was our best option. As such, we have created two new public Google groups: “Our Acadian Roots” and “Our Louisiana Roots”, which between them will consolidate 77 Acadian and Cajun, 10 uniquely Louisiana, many French surname, and 32 Louisiana Parish sites. Once up and running, we will “connect” these groups with our sister group (the private “Our Metis Roots” group) to form a consolidated Genealogy research/discussion group that focuses not only on Acadian and Louisiana ancestors, but also on "All Early French in North America". This will enable us to continue to post questions, make comments, etc. etc., on our genealogy after having done what research we could in the Rootsweb list archives (which, from what I can gather, will still be available for the near future.) In addition, we will soon add other Acadian, Louisiana, and French surname related research groups, which will expand the number of people we can talk to and bounce our ideas off of.
Come visit our groups' new websites and take a look at the new format:
If you would then like join , just click "apply to join group" box located at the top of the page. If you have any problems, contact me at pleblan(a)aim.com
I will soon be sending invitations to as many of you as possible, asking if you would like to join the new Google Groups. Please think about all these changes and decide if you want to continue your research by utilizing our new Groups. If you want to join, simply click the “Join This Group” link at the bottom of the e-mail, and this will start the process to get you registered in the new Group.
For those of you who want to join but have not received an invitation, please e-mail me directly at pleblan(a)aim.com and I will add you to one or both of our discussion groups on Google.
One other note If you would like to create your own "OUR ______ ROOTS" Google Group for your family or Parish/County contact me at pleblan(a)aim.com . I may have some ideas to help you get started. In addition, we may be able to add your new group to our new and expanding research family, more info about which will soon be forthcoming.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this. Regardless of your final decision, I wish you luck with your ancestor hunting!
Paul L LeBlanc