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Bill Gerrior, genealogist

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Une collection touchant directement à l'histoire par le biais de la vie à travers les siècles de certaines familles, commençant avec l'histoire des familles Giroir/Girouard/Gerroir/Gerrior, une étude massive de William Gerrior d'Halifax, sous le titre Awakenings pour la version anglaise.

Due to the massive size of that project (700 pages 8"1/2 by 11", more than 1,000 pictures and other visual documents, 200 original charts and subcharts), the first version of Awakenings will be in English only.

La version française, Éveils , est prévue pour 1998. Au moment où la généalogie acadienne est de plus en plus pratiquée, où dans le monde entier on tente de retrouver les liens familiaux que l'on a pu entretenir, où l'on essaie de lutter contre l'assimilation linguistique et ses effets psychologiques désastreux par la promotion de la fierté acadienne, la quête de Bill Gerrior prend tout son sens, et tout son intérêt! Un livre à lire et à consulter!

A book to read and to consult! Whether you're a descendant of the Girouard/Girroir/Giroire/Gerrior family or not. If you are, though, you may be wondering after reading this why so many members of that family are musicians, possibly an Acadian trait as music, in both Northern Acadian regions and Southern Cajunland, was the best way to transmit culture and get whole families and communities to take part in joint fun. Starting with Bill himself, who is working in immersion schools in Nova Scotia with a French folk group, Héritage that tries to bring to kids the knowledge of traditional Acadian and French-Canadian folksongs.

Le matériel dans Awakenings et Éveils est un matériel original, unique, et qui a nécessité, outre huit ans de recherches de la part de l'auteur, plus de cinq années de travail constant sur l'édition même.

The format given to Awakenings , already proving interesting for other people who want to finalize a study on their own family origins, is meant to be not only a compilation of charts and bare genealogical data, but to give - in addition to the quest by the author itself, over two continents - anyone interested in European, Acadian, Canadian, Québécois and American history an understanding of the relationship between individual families and the "major" events they've been involved in or part of. The Girouards/Giroir(e)s have been present not only for the founding of Acadie, but also for many events in France before that (some were knights, some were sculptors in the Poitiers area), for the 1755-1780 deportations of Acadians, for the resettlement of Cajuns in Louisiana, for the U.S. War between the States, for the Patriot uprising in Quebec, to quote but a few. Two-page spreads meant for teaching purposes are included in the book, and will be part of a Web site designed specifically for this project.

You may contact Bill Gerrior at :
Vous pouvez contacter Bill Gerrior à :
bgerrior@ns.sympatico.ca