France, Port Royal and Old Acadie Preview
Regions in France: Loudun, La Chaussée,
Aulnay, Martaizé, Deux Sèvres, Le Girouard, la Ligne
Acadien, Belle Isle-En-Mer; Poitiers; Paris.
Regions in Acadie: Port Royal, Grand Pré, Pisiquid /Pigiquid
(Windsor), Cobequid (Truro), Beaubassin (Amherst); Memramcook; Ile
St Jean (Prince Edward Island).
Highlights France: Voyage to France, the land of our ancestors
- The authors first hand experiences, explorations and contacts
with Giroire/Giroir/Girouard families in France, documented in a
series of research trips to France. History of some of the Giroire/Giroir/Girouard
families in France, stories, maps, interviews, archives and ancient
authentic documents of Girouard and Giroir knights, lawyers, sculptors,
and Girouards in high places working for the King of France, family
photos, genealogy charts and corresponding text, linking families
in France as far back as the early 1600's. La Chaussée, La
Chateau de Bonnetière, the initiative of Michèle Touret
and Baudouin de La Boullerie, as well as the initiative of Giroir,
Girore Girouard family genealogists in France. Acadian history in
France, in particular the Girouard, Giroire, Giroir Acadian history,
near la Ligne at Cenan and Ligné-la bois. Also presented
is the history of the Acadians at Belle-Isle-En-Mer, a small Island
off the coast of France. Both the island and La Ligne were government
resettlement plans for the Acadians who were returned to France,
neither of which were successful. The French-Canadian Girouard origins
and history in France, family name and Coats of Arms.
Highlights in Acadie:
Acadians at Port Royal before Deportation (1640-1755)
Brief history of Port Royal exploration and development The
first generations of Girouards doing well at Port Royal among many
other Acadian families Location of Girouards in Port Royal
Possible archaeological Girouard sites in Port Royal
Description of early settlements and life at Port Royal (1640-1755)
by people of this era Government at Port Royal during English
Rule (1720-1742) Movement and travels of the Girouards in
Nova Scotia. P.E.I. and New Brunswick before and during Deportation.
DEPORTATION (1755-1763) Deportation of Acadians - The history, movements,
suffering, and dispersion of Acadian Girouard families to communities
around the Atlantic rim along with many other Acadian families
Migrations and Return up to the restablishment in seven root areas
of North America after Deportations and Migrations Tupperville
(Giroir Vill/Girouard Village) near Port Royal, research and connections
and links with Tupperville Museum Committee of present day
Exciting discoveries of Girouard locations, using 1733 Mitchel map
and GPS compass Giroir Vill /Girouard village land in Tupperville
is on former property of Governor DAulnay.
William (Bill) D. Gerrior is from a large family of nine children. He resides in Halifax, having roots in the small Acadian village of Larry’s River in Guysborough Co. on his father’s side and in the small Acadian Village of Pulamon, Isle Madame, Cape Breton on his mother’s side (Fougère). Bill is married to Audrey Gray, of Halifax, having two children: Steve and Suzanne, both of whom are proud Acadian descendants carrying on the Acadian traditions, using their own special talents.
The author has given a series of well received workshops on his Master Chart genealogy methodology used in this book, including a session at Grand Pré National Park during Acadian Days, 2001, as well as a follow up workshops at the West Pubnico Acadian Museum, for the families in the Pubnico region and also for a number of other Acadian families in the south, central and northern part of the province.
Bill was a member of the Board of Directors for the CMA 2004 in Nova Scotia, and has been very much interested in promoting the international links of all Acadian families, an objective which has been part of the mission statement of the World Congress of Acadians since its origin – i.e. to build international links for all Acadian families.
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