Dennis M. Boudreau, former President of the Acadian Cultural Society in Fitchburg, MA., as well as past editor of their journal Le Réveil Acadien, has been a genealogical researcher for over 30 years. He is also past President of the American-French Genealogical Society, during whose term in office the society moved its library from Pawtucket, to its present day location in Woonsocket, RI. Similarly, he has been active in this society serving as editor of Je Me Souviens, chairing its Research Committee, and serving on its Board of Directors.
Dennis has been a past lecturer at several local conferences, has researched and written dozens of articles, and is the author of two marriage repertoires, and has co-authored several others; he has also written an eleven generation family history (yet to be published) and a beginner's guide to Franco-American genealogy; of late, he is the author of the recently published Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, 1765-1948 in 4 volumes of 1,000 pages each, published by the Société de Généalogie de Québec, now on CD-ROM. His expertise is primarily focused on the Acadian families of the Magdalen Islands, from whom he descends, and their connections to Acadia, St-Pierre et Miquelon, France, and their continued descendance throughout the Maritime Canada region and into the United States. If a family has passed through this crossroads in the Gulf of St-Lawrence, then Dennis knows where they went, and who comprises the present generations of their lineage. He is presently a resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, and dwells in the home of his youth, built by his Madelinot grandfather, Alcide Gaudet. His grandparents were the first couple from these Islands to move to Rhode Island in 1908, and subsequently, their presence there drew a large population of their Madelinot-Acadian relatives and friends to this area of New England.
With a vast span of experience behind him, Dennis continues to help those of both Québecois and Acadian descent with their questions. When he isn't busy with his job as a proofreader/data entry person, his time and energies are spent in the pursuit of finding solutions for his own research and for others. Indeed, all who know him know that genealogical research is his passion, and what's even better is that he finds answers.