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