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"To me, connections are what these academic meetings and family reunions are all about. We're trying to expand the heart and soul of Acadie, back in time and also forward. Back to the places where we have come from and forward to the times to come. That's why we're here, to make connections with each other that we need to take with us into the future, not just as individuals, but as a people. The speeches (will be forgotten) but the connections between people that are happening now, between you and me, between people from the States, from Ontario, from Québec, at family reunions in Shediac, Richibucto, Cocogne and so on, they will endure. They will make a difference."
Barbara LeBlanc, Director of Grand-Pré in an interview with Clive Doucet during the "Retrouvailles" in New Brunswick in 1994. 
Clive Doucet is author of 'Notes from Exile, On Being Acadian'.

Connections...between you and me...
Connections... between the branches of our tree.
Connections... that will make a difference...

OUR TERRIOT FAMILY TREE...  The Terriot family forms a large and majestic tree. It is very full and tall so that for any of us, it is very difficult to see the entire tree. As we perch on each of our individual branches, we can focus on the branches around us but looking up to see the tree, all we see is a massive cover of branches.

It would be good for us to be able to focus on the branches in other parts of the tree to discover some of the common trunks... some of our common traits and attributes. But perhaps more important, it would also be good to be able to contact a living member of the branch to compare notes on the different migrations that each family has undergone in the past two centuries and to just correspond and re-establish our Acadian family connections. It is good to remember that we share common blood...

OUR "GREAT-BRANCH" CONCEPT...  All branches are great branches. What's so special about a  'Great-Branch'? Well, the Great-Branch organization is an easier way of looking at our family tree. It is more meaningful and easier because it uses the ninth generation as the basis for identifying the Great-Branches. That is, each branch is defined either by a 9th generation descendant or the descendant in an earlier generation if the descendant is a married female. The branch name also includes the name of the spouse so that each branch name will be unique. If there are duplicate branch names, they will be identified with a '-2' after the branch name.

Since genealogy concerns itself with tracing family names, the trace usually does not extend beyond the female descendants of the family. However, in our Great-Branch concept, married males as well as married females identify a branch because each branch identifies an important part of the Terriot family. The difference between the two types of branches is that the one that is based on a female descendant identifies a boundary of the Terriot family. Moreover, her branch identifies a bridge with another family... the family into which she married. The branches which are based on male descendants continue on today through the 14th and 15th generations. While we of course will not attempt to trace the migrations of our current generations, the growth and development of our current generations will be documented by each of our Great-Branch delegates as time progresses.

In the tradition and custom of our ancestors in Acadia, we will identify a delegate for each branch. That person essentially represents his or her Great-Branch and aside from addressing questions from others regarding his Great-Branch, the delegate will also work with other members of his Great-Branch (10th generations and on) to keep its genealogy current.

Some of you may not know to which branch you belong, or your branch may not have been identified yet. If you know your genealogy, please send it to me along with your sources and we will review it for addition to our Jehan Terriot Archives. As we identify new Great-Branches, each will be added to this page. In submitting your genealogy data, please identify your sources or the individual who researched your genealogy. Touch base with us now, and let's do it. Here's our e-mail address. Click the button to send us an e-mail:

If you do not know your genealogy, review the migration of the existing Great-Branches and send us an e-mail to get in touch with the delegate of the branch whose migration is closest to your family. (See the 'Migration from Acadia' page.) In other words, if your parents or grandparents live or lived in Quebec, we will put you in touch with a delegate whose branch ends in Quebec...  or New England, or Lousiana, Wisconsin, Alaska, etc.

To help you in this process, we have included two tables on this page which (1) identify the lineage of each Great-Branch, and (2) identifies the Delegate who represents each branch.

Great-Branches of the Terriot Family


This table presents the LINEAGE for each of the Great-Branches that have been identified so far. The branches are grouped to show the common origins of the branches down to Jehan Terriot. Click on the illustration at left to open the Lineage Table. To return to this page, just close the Lineage Table window. If you wish, you may also print the table while you have it open.



For each Great-Branch that has been documented in our Archives so far, the Great-Branch table identifies the Great-Branch and its Delegate. Click on the illustration at left to open the table.

As a new feature, we have added a link to the Great-Branch in our Archive to give you fast way of getting to the genealogy of a Great-Branch.

The DELEGATE column identifies the member of the Great-Branch who is representing the branch. The relationship of the Delegate to the Branch ancestor is also given in that column as well as the state or province where the Delegate currently lives.

To return to this page, just close the Delegates' Table window. If you wish, you may also download and print the table while you have it open.