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AUGUSTIN GUEDRY & MAIRE JONSON
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THE GUEDRY-LABINE AND PETITPAS REUNION OF 5 AUGUST 2004
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July 29, 2014

Bonjour Cousins,

Only two weeks until our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion on 16 August at the Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine.

During the last two weeks we have had a major increase in registrations for the Reunion. We have folks coming from Oregon to Maine and Louisiana to Ontario with many points between so you'll be able to meet Guédry and Petitpas cousins from throughout North America.

We'll have available for sale several books as well as mementos of the Reunion.

It is not too late to Register and housing is still available in the Madawaska area. See this CMA 2014 website for information on housing:

http://www.cma2014.com/en/services/hebergement

If you have not registered or notified me that you will attend the Reunion, you can still attend. We will accept Registrations at the door. To assist with your Registration, please complete the attached Registration form and bring it with you. Also, so we can have sufficient seating and meals available, please email me at guidryrm@cox.net and let me know the names in your group that will attend and how many meals you would like (meals are optional at $12 per meal).

I have attached an updated agenda. Bernie Geddry is ill and will not be able to present his research on the French origins of the Guédry family so we have adjusted the schedule a bit.

After the last scheduled activity for the day we will have snacks and soft drinks available so folks can gather and talk, meet new cousins, make plans with each other for touring the area, discuss genealogies and their family and just be together for a bit. We will be able to use the facility until about 7:00 pm. So plan on staying a while and enjoying the time together. Perhaps we may even have a brief jam session.

Thanks,

Marty

--

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud





June 29, 2014

Bonjour cousins,

Attached is the Summer 2014 issue of our family association newsletter "Generations".

This is the last issue before our upcoming Reunion on 16 August 2014 in Van Buren, Maine. Our lead article "Acadian Genetic Diseases" is unusual for the newsletter in that it is not about our Guédry and Petitpas families directly; however, it is important that we Acadians all know about this subject for ourselves and our families.

I hope you enjoy this issue of "Generations" and look forward to visiting with many of you at our Reunion.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE REUNION.

JUST COPY THE REGISTRATION FORM FROM THE LAST PAGE OF THE NEWSLETTER AND RETURN IT TO THE ADDRESS INDICATED.

Merci,

Martin

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud






April 2, 2014

2014 REUNION SHIRTS

Several folks have asked if we will be selling Reunion T-Shirts at our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion at Van Buren, Maine on 16 August 2014. Although we will not be selling 2014 Reunion T-Shirts at Van Buren, we will have many other momentos for sale including hats, key chains, 2014 Reunion pins, mini-flashlights, etc.

We have arranged to have 2014 Reunion T-Shirts and other 2014 Reunion items available for purchase prior to the Reunion. A wide variety of 2014 Guédry & Petitpas Reunion items are available on the CafePress.com website at:

http://www.cafepress.com/guedry2014reunion

Order your 2014 Reunion clothing and momentos before going to Van Buren and wear them at the Reunion.

Very special thanks to Lindsey Hardee for designing our 2014 Guédry & Petitpas Reunion logo and to Rachel Killingsworth for managing our Les Guédry d'Asteur store on the CafePress website.

For those that want shirts and other momentos with the Guédry crest you also can purchase those items at CafePress using the link:

http://www.cafepress.com/guedry

If you prefer to have other variations of the Guédry surname as Geddry, Guidry, Jeddry, Labine, LaBean, etc. or the Petitpas surname, just type that name in place of 'guedry' in the above link and you'll see the "crest" with the appropriate surname.

MISS LOUISIANA USA 2014 IS BRITTANY GUIDRY

After winning the Miss Louisiana Teen USA title in 2009, Brittany Guidry was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2014 on October 26, 2013 in Lafayette, Louisiana. During the pageant she also was selected as the Miss Photogenic.

A 21 year old Houma, LA native, Brittany is the daughter of Craig and Vickie Guidry. She has one sibling - her brother Matthew Guidry. Graduating from Vanderbilt Catholic High School (Houma) in 2011, Brittany attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Public Relations.

Brittany's goal as Miss Louisiana USA is to encourage positive thinking among the young men and women of Louisiana. She also is working closely with the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations in Louisiana during 2014.

On June 8th Brittany will compete in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the title of Miss USA 2014. Tune your TV's to the Miss USA Pageant on June 8, 2014 and root for our own Brittany Guidry.

Attached are photographs of Brittany Guidry as Miss Louisiana USA 2014.

Congratulations, Brittany, on your outstanding accomplishments.

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817







March 19, 2014

Published is the Spring 2014 edition of "Generations" - the newsletter of Les Guédry d'Asteur.

In it you'll find the latest information on our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion in Van Buren, Maine on Saturday, 16 August 2014. The agenda is now final and available in this issue. Also, you'll find transportation and housing information as well as how to obtain the Congrès Mondial bracelets needed for the major events during Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014.

For those planning to attend the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion, please complete and send in the Registration Form at the back of this newsletter. We need to get an accurate account of who will be attending to ensure the hall we have rented is large enough and that we have enough food prepared.

I have been asked by several folks if we will have Reunion T-shirts available. Although we will have lots of momentos to purchase at the Reunion, we will not have T-shirts this year. Experience has shown that they are quite expensive to produce and stock in all the necessary sizes with many remaining unsold. Instead we are creating a Reunion T-shirt on the Cafe Press website that you will be to purchase shortly in the style of your choice. The website address is: http://www.cafepress.com/ .

In this issue of "Generations" read about our Guédry cousins of the Van Buren and Grand Isle, Maine areas - the Grivois family. Yes, they are Guédry's although, as with many of us, their surname changed many years ago to Grivois.

Thanks so much to Allie Guidry for her diligent and hard work compiling and editing this edition of "Generations". She has produced another superb newsletter.

Merci,

Marty

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud





January 19, 2014

Bonjour,

THE 2014 GUÉDRY AND PETITPAS REUNION

Our 16 August 2014 Reunion at the Congrès Mondial 2014 is coming together very well. We have reserved a building at the Acadian Village just north of Van Buren, Maine for the Reunion. Working with the folks in Maine has been a true pleasure. They are all very friendly and do everything they can to accommodate us.

Visit this website to get an overview of the Acadian Village:

http://www.connectmaine.com/acadianvillage/tour.html

Our agenda is almost final. We have a great Cajun band coming from Louisiana to play for us during the Reunion. They are the "Chère Mom Cajun Family Band". Mom (Christine Guidry Law) hails from Church Point, Louisiana and descends not only from the Guidry family there, but also the LeJeune's. Many of her direct LeJeune ancestors were giants in the Cajun music scene of the early 1900s including Iry LeJeune and his father Angelas LeJeune to name just two. Christine plays diatonic accordion, ti-fed and vocals. Her daughter LeeAnn, an outstanding Acadian ambassador and representative of the Cajun people, plays fiddler and a host of other instruments as well as vocals. Wallace Law, the father of the family, plays rhythm guitar while son Taylor keeps the beat on bass guitar.

As a special treat, we have reserved the small chapel at the Acadian Village for a French mass - almost identical to that attended by many generations of our Guédry and Petitpas ancestors. Father Aurèle Godbout, an Eudist priest currently serving in Edmundston, New Brunswick and formerly serving in Rayne, LA, will offer the Mass for us. Final details are still being worked out, but we plan to have the Mass in late morning for those wishing to attend. A photo of Father Godbout is attached.

Attached is our tentative agenda.

I hope everyone is considering attending this Reunion. I know you'll find the folks in the Madawaska region very friendly and willing to help you in any way they can. I am truly amazed as I travel to various Acadian regions throughout North America how much we are all alike. When visiting an Acadian town afar, its almost like you never left home. Everyone is welcome to attend the Guédry and Petitpas Reunion; you do not have to be a direct descendant of the Guédry and Petitpas family. So bring your friends with you if they would like to come.

I have attached a Reunion Registration Form. Please register as soon as you decide to attend the Reunion. We will give refunds as late 15 July 2014 for those registered, but cannot attend the Reunion. Although we do accept registrations at the door, it really helps us in planning the Reunion to know in advance how many folks will attend. We also cannot guarantee meals for those registering at the door as the chefs have to purchase food in advance of the Reunion.

You can learn more about the Guédry and Petitpas Reunion by visiting our Guédry-Labine Family Website and double-clicking on the "Fall 2013 Newsletter". Here you'll find information on the Reunion, accommodations in the Madawaska area, air and land travel to Van Buren, etc.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~guedrylabinefamily/newsletters.html

ANDRÉ LABINE AT THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

Our own André Labine again will be volunteering at the Winter Olympics. I say "volunteering" due to the lack of pay, but actually it is quite hard work over long days for almost a month and a half.

André currently lives in Fermie, British Columbia which is a mecca for downhill skiing. He is an expert downhill skier as is all his family.

Y'all may recall that André worked the alpine ski course at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010. He'll be doing the same thing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he'll be a volunteer course worker for the alpine events. His work will include keeping the course in top conditions for the competitors and ensuring the safety of the competitors. I've attached a couple of photos of André - one with his daughter Melanie-Jane.

Recently the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) interviewed André about his experience working in the Winter Olympics. You can see that interview by clicking below:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2429528876/

Here's a few words from André just before he left for Sochi. He'll return March 6th.

"I leave tomorrow to start my journey to Sochi Russia where I will be for the Olympic Games working as a volunteer course worker in alpine ski racing. At the last Games (it seems only yesterday) I started sending out updates about what we do at the alpine ski racing venue and usually include some photos. When I have time I plan to do the same thing for these Games. I have created a distribution list of friends, family, and fellow course workers from the Whistler Weasels and Lake Louise Sled Dogs. I will also set up a photo folder in dropbox.com for folks that want to see more what is going on.

My first day at Rosa Khutor (mountain cluster) will be on January 25th , almost two weeks before the Games begin this is to complete setting up the safety systems and get Downhill training runs in for the athletes. The Men’s Downhill is scheduled for February 9th and by FIS rules we need to have at least one training run in order to have the Downhill.

During the Games you will hear about the Coastal cluster and the Mountain cluster. The arena sports; ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, opening and closing ceremonies, etc.. are all located in the coastal cluster near Adler airport and about 40 kms south of Sochi along the Black Sea. To get to the mountain cluster the Russians have built a high speed train link that will take to Krasnaya Polyana/Roza Khutor (villages/towns in the centre of the mountain cluster some 60 kms inland in the Caucuses and at a base of some 1500 meters above sea level. The mountain cluster is where all the outdoor sports will be held. The high speed train will take some 50 minutes to reach Roza Khutor from Sochi/Adler airport. Have a look at the attached." 

Good luck, André in this wonderful adventure.

Au Revoir,

Martin

--

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud






October 31, 2013

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is the Fall 2013 edition of "Generations".  In it you'll find several articles on the upcoming Guédry & Petitpas Reunion on 16 August 2014 in Van Buren, Maine.  In "So What Is There to DO at the Congrès Mondial/" we break down the complex agenda of the two-week Congrès - highlighting the most significant events and pointing you to where you can get more information on those that may interest you.  The Historical Tidbit is a must read about Acadian life in the Madawaska, Maine area in the 1890s.  

Also, we have two quite interesting photographic essays on the Albert Guidry family and the Henry Guidry family.  

And don't miss the latest inductees into the Les Guédry d'Asteur Circle of Distinction.  Each is very deserving of the honor.

Thanks again to our outstanding editor for the past ten years - Allison Guidry.  She takes the printed word on white paper, applies her 'magic' and produces a wonderful newsletter with an interesting layout, lovely seasonal colors, great photographs and true eye-appeal.  

On 16 November 2013 Marty Guidry will be presenting an audiovisual show on "An Exile of Hopes and Heartbreaking Tragedies Through The Eyes of Pierre Guédry".  He will be dressed as an Acadian farmer of the 1750s during the presentation.  This talk will take you through the life of Pierre Guédry, son of Augustin Guédry and Jeanne Hébert, from his birth in Merliguèsh, Acadia in the early 1740s through his early life and exile to North Carolina as a young man in his teens.  From North Carolina his life takes several twist and turns, hopes and tragedies, through Pennsylvania and Maryland before he finally reaches his new homeland in Louisiana in 1768 - but once again tragedy strikes only to be overcome by Pierre time and again.  He even played a role in the overthrow of an early Spanish governor of Louisiana.  

The talk will be at the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society Meeting on 16 November 2013 at 10:00 am.  The address is 411 Pujo Street (Carnegie Meeting Room) in Lake Charles, LA.  The SW Genealogical Society invites all of our Les Guédry d'Asteur members and guests from Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas to attend the meeting.  After the meeting we can have a brief Guédry meeting to review our plans and preparations for the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion in August 2014.  

Enjoy the newsletter and hope to see some of the family in Lake Charles on 16 November,






October 3, 2013

GUIDRY FAMILY MEETING

Saturday, 5 October 2013

10:00 am – 11:30 am

South Lafourche Branch Library

16241 Main Street - Galliano, Louisiana

REMINDER:    MEETING - SATURDAY MORNING 10:00 AM, 5 OCTOBER 2013 

                                         LAFOURCHE PARISH LIBRARY (GALLIANO)

Les Guédry d’Asteur (the Guidry family association) will have an informational meeting and genealogical presentations on Saturday, 5 October 2013 from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the South Lafourche Branch Library in Galliano, LA.

The public is invited to attend.

Martin Guidry, President of Les Guédry d’Asteur, will discuss the family’s plans for the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion being held on Saturday, 16 August 2014 at Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine during the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014.  This will be our 7th major Reunion.   Come and learn what we’ll be doing and how you can meet your cousins from throughout North America.  

In the dress of an 1750s Acadian farmer, Mr. Guidry then will present two short audiovisual programs entitled “Origins of the Guédry Family in Louisiana, 1765-1800” and “A Sojourn Forgotten? – The Acadians in Maryland, 1756-1769”.

Approximately 25% of the Acadians reaching Louisiana left from Maryland shores between 1766 and 1769.  The discussion will highlight how they were received and treated in Maryland, where they lived during their Maryland stay, their migration to Louisiana and the two major “gifts” they left for today’s Louisiana Acadians.

In looking at who were these Guédry’s that settled south Louisiana, we’ll explore the Guédry families that came to Louisiana between 1765 and 1793, how they arrived and where they settled.  We’ll focus particularly on the origins of the Guidry families along Bayou Lafourche.

All Guidry descendants are encouraged to attend this family meeting.

Also, if you have Acadian heritage or just want to learn a bit more about the Acadians, you also are invited to join us for a fun morning.   

Marty

-- 
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud  






September 15, 2013

GUIDRY FAMILY MEETING

Saturday, 5 October 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 am
South Lafourche Branch Library
16241 Main Street - Galliano, Louisiana

Les Guédry d’Asteur (the Guidry family association) will have an informational meeting and genealogical presentations on Saturday, 5 October 2013 from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the South Lafourche Branch Library in Galliano, LA.

Martin Guidry, President of Les Guédry d’Asteur, will discuss the family’s plans for the Guédry & Petitpas Reunion being held on Saturday, 16 August 2014 at Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine during the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014.  This will be our 7th major Reunion.   Come and learn what we’ll be doing and how you can meet your cousins from throughout North America.  

In the dress of an 1750s Acadian farmer, Mr. Guidry then will present two short audiovisual programs entitled “Origins of the Guédry Family in Louisiana, 1765-1800” and “A Sojourn Forgotten? – The Acadians in Maryland, 1756-1769”.

Approximately 25% of the Acadians reaching Louisiana left from Maryland shores between 1766 and 1769.  The discussion will highlight how they were received and treated in Maryland, where they lived during their Maryland stay, their migration to Louisiana and the two major “gifts” they left for today’s Louisiana Acadians.

In looking at who were these Guédry’s that settled south Louisiana, we’ll explore the Guédry families that came to Louisiana between 1765 and 1793, how they arrived and where they settled.  We’ll focus particularly on the origins of the Guidry families along Bayou Lafourche.

All Guidry descendants are encouraged to attend this family meeting.

Also, if you have Acadian heritage or just want to learn a bit more about the Acadians, you also are invited to join us for a fun morning.   The public is invited to attend.

For further information, contact Martin Guidry at guidryrm@cox.net (225-202-2478)

Also, on 16 November 2013, Martin Guidry, dressed as an Acadian farmer, will present the audiovisual program "An Exile of Hopes and Heartbreaking Tragedies Through the Eyes of Pierre Guédry (1741-1825)".  The talk will be part of the monthly meeting of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society at the Carnegie Meeting Room, 411 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana.  The meeting is open to the public and begins at 10:00 am.  All persons interested in the Guédry (Guidry) family are encouraged to attend.  We plan to have a meeting of the Guédry family after the genealogy society meeting.

Hope to see everyone at the meetings,

Marty

-- 
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud  





August 21, 2013

Bonjou Cousins,
Our August 2014 Reunion is fast approaching and the Board of Les Guédry d'Asteur has preparations well underway.  We hope that many of you can attend our Guédry & Petitpas Reunion and the 2014 Congrès Mondial Acadien.

Attached is the Summer 2013 Issue of "Generations", our Les Guédry d'Asteur newsletter.  Inside you'll find lots of information on the Reunion and places to visit in the Madawaska area of Maine, New Brunswick and Québec.  Of course, you can also enjoy our regular features of Historical Tidbits, Bon Appetit and the Book Nook.

Recently, the State of Maryland formally recognized the Acadians deported to their State in 1755 by dedicating a very nice plaque at Princess Anne, MD.  Several Acadians were invited to attend and make presentations during the ceremonies.  You can view a nice photographic display on the event and a brief discussion of the activities.

I encourage you to read the article on Guidry Hardware.  Their approach to business and how to treat customers makes one proud to be part of our family.  It is who we are.  

And, finally,  spend a moment to learn about the two projects mentioned in this issue:  the "Cajun and Creole Language Fund" in memory of Richard Guidry and the "New Acadia Project".  If you can, please consider contributing to these worthy and needed causes.

We especially want to thank Allie Guidry for editing this issue of "Generations" and for administering our Guédry-Labine & Petitpas Facebook page.  Allie's touch with the wonderful, reader-friendly layouts, pertinent photographs in each article and pleasing, seasonal colors always makes "Generations" one of the top newsletters published.



Marty
-- 
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud  






July 2, 2013

Bonjour Cousins,

We'll be issuing another edition of "Generations" - our family newsletter in early August.  It will have lots of information about our upcoming Guédry and Petitpas Reunion on 16 August 2014 at the Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine.  Included will be a form to register for the Reunion as well as housing information and Acadian sites you will want to visit during the Congrès Mondial.  I would recommend that you consider reserving your housing accommodations soon as the Madawaska area in both Maine and New Brunswick has limited motel rooms.  Here are two sites that contain housing information for the area:

http://www.cma2014.com/en/services/hebergement  (Has motels, camping and private housing)
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~guedrylabinefamily/spring2013newsletter.pdf

(page 11 of the Spring 2013 "Generations" newsletter has housing information)

On another note, Les Guédry d'Asteur member Bernie Geddry and his wife Barbara recently returned from a research trip to eastern France where they visited the region near Arpenans, France.  This area is near the French-German border and contains Mont Gedry.  

Bernie had done considerable upfront research and made several contacts with local historians and genealogists in hopes of finding the origin of the name Mont Gedry as well as a connection to the Guédry family.  There are several Guédry families living in the vicinity.

Although Bernie could not find a direct connection with our Claude Guédry (yet?), he did obtain some interesting information and theories on the origin the Guédry surname and will share that with us soon.

Many of you remember Bernie from our 2004 Reunions in Meteghan and Lunenburg where he introduced his book "The Story of an Acadian Family - The Geddrys, Guedrys, Guiddrys, Guidreys, Jeddrys, and Jedreys of Clare, Nova Scotia and New England".  During the last several years Bernie has been ill with heart and kidney concerns.  In mid-July Bernie will enter Massachusetts General Hospital to have a stent repaired.  Bernie also is on the national list for a kidney transplant.  Bernie remains very active in Les Guédry d'Asteur and plans to attend the 2014 Guédry and Petitpas Reunion in Van Buren, ME.  During the Reunion he will be a featured speaker on his research concerning the origins of the Guédry family in France.  I know all of you join me in wishing Bernie improved health in the near future.
Through outstanding medical research, equipment and processes doctors can now transplant organs with significantly improved success rates.  The number of folks awaiting transplants of all kinds far exceeds the number of transplantable organs available.  We should all consider becoming potential organ donors.  Most of us are aware of being an anonymous organ donor, but one can also become a "directed" organ donor - designating a specific organ for a named member of your family.  In many states becoming an organ donor is quite simple.  For example, in Louisiana, you can simply check a box when renewing your driver's license.  Doing so places a small red heart with the word "Donor" on the face of your driver's license and enters your name in a database.  I have done so and I hope you will consider becoming an organ donor also.

On 28 July 2013 we will be dedicating a memorial plaque in Princess Anne, Maryland to the Acadians deported throughout Maryland.  Ms. Marie Rundquist, an Acadian descendant and author of two Acadian books, and her mother have worked several years to obtain the necessary permissions and funding for this memorial to the deported Acadians.  The State of Maryland has constructed the plaque and will have several persons present for the dedication.  The ceremony will be at the Manokin River Park on Manokin Avenue in Princess Anne at 3:00 pm on 28 July 2013.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Dress is casual and traditional Acadian dress is fine.  Warren Perrin (Acadian historian and author of book on the Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil), Gregory Wood (historian and author of the book "Acadians in Maryland") and I will be speaking during the dedication ceremony.  Here is a link to additional information:

http://acadiaparishtoday.com/bookmark/22941967/article-Maryland+Historical+Trust+Sign+being+Unveiled+Celebrating+Acadian+Heritage

If you live in the Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC, area, consider driving down to Princess Anne and joining us as we remember our Acadian descendants on this historic day in Acadian history.  On 28 July 1755 Charles Lawrence signed the papers that began the deportation of the Acadians from their homelands - a day we should never forget.

If you cannot attend the dedication, please take a moment on July 28th to pause and remember our Acadian ancestors.

Au Revoir,

Martin Guidry

President, Les Guédry d'Asteur
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud
  





March 31, 2013

Bonjour cousins

Spring has just arrived and so has another edition of "Generations" - our newsletter for Les Guédry d'Asteur.  I hope all of you have a very happy Easter holiday.

In this issue we conclude our five-part series on Acadian church records that explored where to find genealogical and historical church records before, during and after the deportation of our Acadian ancestors.  As you review this issue, take a few moments to enjoy the wonderful photo with Hypolite Onizaphore Guidry and his family of Rayne, Louisiana.  This is the same Hypolite Onizaphore Guidry that owned the Blue Goose Dance Hall in Rayne that we highlighted in the last issue of "Generations".  What an heirloom this photograph is.

In August 2014 many of us will journey to Van Buren, Maine for our seventh Guédry-Labine & Petitpas Reunion.  Have you ever wondered how did Acadians end up in northern Maine and New Brunswick?  We don't often hear about this unique Acadian community.  In the article "Acadians in Madawaska - Their Journey and Struggles" we discuss the long, arduous journey these people experienced and the struggles they endured to survive and thrive in northern Maine and New Brunswick.  In this newsletter you'll also find updated information on our Reunion in Van Buren.  I recently spoke with the staff of Congrès Mondial 2014 and they are in negotiations with the U. S. and Canadian immigration services regarding border crossings.  In the near future they anticipate announcing on the CMA 2014 webpage http://www.cma2014.com/en/ expedited border crossing procedures for Congrès Mondial 2014 guests.  I have spoken several times with our Acadian cousins in Maine and they are excited about the Congrès and hosting their Acadian cousins from throughout North America.  

I always enjoy the "Historical Tidbits" section of the newsletter and the old newspaper articles of our family in this edition are quite interesting.  Take a few moments to glance at them and learn a bit about the day-to-day history of our Guédry and Petitpas family.  

Thanks to Allie Guidry, our editor, for another outstanding issue of "Generations".

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud  





December 23, 2012

Bonjour cousins

The Les Guédry d'Asteur Board of Directors wish each of our Guédry-Labine and Petitpas families a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous, Prosperous New Year.  We hope all of you enjoy a safe and fun holiday season and that Saint Nick visits all of our young ones bringing a smile to each young face.

Attached is a gift of our appreciation for each of you - an ten-year Index to "Generations" - our Les Guédry d'Asteur association newsletter.  Actually there are two indexes - a Topical Index (PDF) and a Table of Contents Index (PDF).  A big thanks to Cheryl Tholen of Les Guédry d'Asteur for preparing the indices.  I am sure her efforts will pay big dividends for each of us as we search for articles, books and recipes we would like to read and use.  Remember all of our newsletters are on our Guédry-Labine Family Genealogy website which is free to everyone.

We have two upcoming Guédry-Labine and Petitpas Reunions in the next four years.  So begin planning for these.  The first will be Saturday, 16 August 2014 at the Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine.  The Acadians of Van Buren are what I call the "hidden Acadians".  Few of us even know that the Madawaska region of Maine and New Brunswick is Acadian.  These Acadians have a very rich and difficult history.  They not only underwent the Exodus of the 1750s, but were also "exiled" a seond time in the 1780s by the English coming from the American colonies.  Then they faced almost unimaginable difficulties.  Yet their spirit and religion persisted and they have survived to this day - prospering in the rich Madawaska lands.  Look for a brief history of this unique group of Acadians in a forthcoming issue of "Generations".

I have just learned that the 2nd Grand Réveil Acadien will be held in 2016 in south Louisiana.  Although the dates have not been set, it will probably be in October 2016.  The Guédry-Labine and Petitpas family plans again to have a Reunion during the Grand Réveil Acadien.  So for those that missed the 1st Grand Réveil Acadien in October 2011 and for those that came and enjoyed our Cajun Bon Temps, plan on being here for the 2nd Grand Réveil Acadien.  You will not regret it.

Finally, as the end of the year approaches, I receive much correspondence reminding me to pay my 2013 dues to societies of which I am a member.  I hate to ask folks for money and am generally considered a failure in that regard.  So here is my little plea because unfortunately, even though Les Guédry d'Asteur operates on a shoe-string budget, we do need funds to support our several activities.  Our dues are minimal ($6 for an individual and $10 for a family annually) and we have tried to make it easy to submit dues electronically.  Just click on this web address and you can pay directly via PayPal using a credit card or checking account.  No forms to fill out and mail, no time taken from your busy schedule.  Here's the web address:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~guedrylabinefamily/membership.html 

Merci beaucoup for you continued support.

Joyeux Noël--

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud  





November 19, 2012

Cousins,

Attached is the latest edition of our Les Guédry d'Asteur newsletter "Generations".  I hope you enjoy reading this issue during the holidays.  The two books highlighted in our Book Nook are excellent and should be read by all.  Zachary Richard's book "Histoire des Acadiennes et Acadiens del la Louisiane" is in French for our Acadian-speaking cousins.  Many of you may know Zachary for his superb Acadian music, but he also is an ardent support of the Acadian renaissance movement throughout the world and devotes a lot of his time to this endeavor.  He has produced and appeared in an excellent series of videos - each highlighting a different Acadian region of the world.  If you speak French, you will not regret reading this book and having it available for others to read.  Christopher Hodson in his "The Acadian Diaspora" presents the history of the Acadian people shortly after they were deported - focusing each chapter on the exiled Acadians in different regions of the world.  Unlike many earlier writers that depicted the Acadians as a poor, wandering group of people living on the charity of others, Christopher demonstrates through existing documents that the Acadians were a sought-after commodity by France for their superb work ethic and abilities - traits lacking in the average French citizen of the day.  The French wanted to rebuild their empire after the conflict of 1756-1763 and saw the Acadians as the best way to establish new, successful settlements both within France and throughout the world.  As a teaser, you will definitely be intrigued by the story of Charles White (née LeBlanc) from Philadelphia in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Since completing the newsletter, we have confirmed that "Chere Mom" - a traditional Cajun band from Zachary, LA will be playing at our 16 August 2014 Reunion in Van Buren, Maine.  "Chere Mom" has Christine Guidry Law on accordion, ti-fer and vocals, daughter LeeAnn Law on fiddle and vocals, son Taylor on bass guitar and husband Wallace on rhythm guitar.  "Chere Mom" plays superb Acadian music while interjecting interesting tidbits on our Acadian history and culture.  Christine, born at Pointe Noir near Church Point, LA, descends from a long line of distinguished Acadian accordionists through her Mom's Lejeune family.  These include Angelas Lejeune from the 1920s, Agnes Lejeune of the early 1900s and his son the legendary Iry Lejeune of the 1940s and 1950s. We are continuing to put together the programs and agenda for the day and will update everyone periodically.  Start planning your trip to Van Buren as this will be a wonderful time for all in this truly unique Acadian region.


See you in Van Buren,

Marty-- 

Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud

  





September 27, 2012

Bonjour Cousins,

Plans for our 2014 Guédry-Labine & Petitpas Reunion are coming along well at this point.  Here's an update where we are now.

Date - Saturday, 16 August 2014 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm      (times are tentative right now)
Place - Van Buren, Maine at the Acadian Village

The Congrès Mondial will be held 8-24 August 2014 in northern Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Québec.  So our Reunion will be the middle weekend of the Congrès Mondial letting folks who have only one week to attend the Congrès to join us at either the end or beginning of their trip.  We are also the day after the National Acadian Day festivities scheduled for 15 August 2014 in Maine.

We have registered our Guédry-Labine and Petitpas Reunion with the 2014 Congrès Mondial Organizing Committee and are on their list of approved Reunions.  We are #41 on the list at the link below.  Sorry that our name is mispelled - I am working to get this corrected.
Why did we select Van Buren, Maine?   Similar to the Acadian Peninsula area near Bathurst, New Brunswick in 2009, there are very few family connections to our Guédry, Labine and Petitpas families in the region.  In the early 1760s Jean Guédry, Marie LeBlanc and their children were briefly at Restigouche, Québec which is within the Congrès region, but little to no trace of them remain.  There are a few Guédry family members living in the Campbellton, New Brunswick area today.  They descend from Romain Guédry and Marie Comeau of the St. Mary's Bay area of Nova Scotia.  After looking at the population centers and where Congrès Mondial activities will occur, we decided we should have the Reunion close to the these areas and near Acadian attractions.  Van Buren meets our requirements well.  
Van Buren is a small Acadian community nestled on the beautiful Saint John River separating New Brunswick and Maine.  It is approximately 25 miles from Madawaska, Maine; 28 miles from Edmundston, New Brunswick; 45 miles from Fort Kent, Maine; 98 miles from Campellton, New Brunswick and 102 miles from Restigouche, Québec.

Van Buren and the historic structures near it offer a window into the history and lives of Maine's Acadian community.  The Acadian Village at Van Buren has 17 historic Acadian structures and there are several other Acadian farms and buildings within an hour's drive.  Here are a few websites of attractions near Van Buren:

http://themainelink.com/acadianvillage/
     (The Acadian Village in Van Buren website)

http://www.nps.gov/maac/planyourvisit/acadvillage.htm
  (See the links at the bottom of the page)

http://www.nps.gov/maac/planyourvisit/acadlanding.htm   (Acadian Landing Site and Tante Blanche Museum)

http://www.nps.gov/maac/photosmultimedia/Maine-Acadian-Culture.htm

With a bit of luck and early planning we have been able to reserve the Meeting Facility within the Acadian Village at Van Buren for our Reunion.  Although we are still developing our agenda for the day, we plan to have a home-cooked, buffet meal (approximately $10/person) during the Reunion, a couple of PowerPoint-type presentations, some displays, an Acadian/Cajun band (we have a tentative confirmation from a Cajun band), free time to meet and greet cousins and family souvenirs to purchase.  We anticipate having two or three books on our family available for purchase.

I have attached a pdf file of available lodging facilities within northern Maine.  They are arranged alphabetically by the town.  

Once we have a good estimate of the costs for the Reunion, we will establish the registration fees and provide a form for registering.  We anticipate that the fees will remain approximately what they have been in the past - $40/family and $20/individual excluding the costs of the noon meal.

Below are links to a few articles on the history and culture of Maine's Acadians.  Their journey from Acadia during the time of the deportations in the mid-1750s to their settling on the banks of the Saint John River in northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick is unique and interesting.

http://scott_michaud.tripod.com/Madawaska-history.html  (Brief history of the Maine Acadians and how they reached the Saint John River)

http://www.acadian.org/mad-sett.html
  (Madawaska Acadian Settlement)

http://acim.umfk.maine.edu/who_we_are.html
   (Acadian Culture in Maine)

We plan to send out periodic updates for our Reunion with new information as it becomes available.  

Hope to see all of you in Van Buren on August 16, 2014 to make new friendships, renew old ones and enjoy the hospitality and culture of our Maine Acadian cousins.

Marty


March 25, 2012

Bonjour Cousins,

Attached is our Spring 2012 issue of the Les Guédry d'Asteur newsletter "Generations".  I hope you enjoy perusing it and find several interesting and informative tidbits in it.

Be sure and read about our upcoming Guédry-Labine & Petitpas Reunion in August 2014 at Van Buren, Maine.  It's not too early to set aside time for a family vacation and begin making plans to attend.  Also, check out our Book Nook where we preview several very interesting books.  As always, the Bon Appetit section will whet your appetit for a some delicious meal.  

Our newsletter committee led by Allie Guidry has edited another outstanding issue of "Generations" as we begin our tenth year of publishing "Generations".  Thanks, Allie, for your dedicated commitment to "Generations" and to your cousins in Les Guédry d'Asteur for these past ten years.

So, as winter comes to an end and spring blossoms forth, sit down a few moments and enjoy this Spring 2012 issue of "Generations".

Martin

-- 
Martin Guidry

President, Les Guédry d'Asteur
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70817
225-202-2478 (cell)
guidryrm@cox.net
Les Guédry d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud
  

 


February 8, 2012

Today we officially registered the Guédry, Labine and Petipas Reunion with the Organizing Committee of the CMA 2014 in Maine.  We will have our Reunion on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in the Van Buren, ME area.  Van Buren is a small Acadian community about 25 miles southeast of Madawaska, Maine.  The Acadian Village historical park is near Van Buren.  We will be providing more information as our plans develop later in the summer 2012 and throughout 2013.

Acadian Village

 

GRAND RÉVEIL ACADIEN 2011

OCTOBER 7-16, 2011

Tentative Program
English (Word Doc File)
French (Word Doc File)


Reunion Application (Word Doc File)

Membership Applications
 


Crawfish Town Menu (pdf)

 



  

 

 

 


 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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