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Acadian Archives acadiennes at UMFK to host book launch and reading of "The Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel F. Thibodeau and Rebecca Jandreau"

March 9, 2020

Note: this is an archived news release. As such, the information provided may no longer apply.

The Acadian Archives acadiennes of the University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to host a book launch and reading by Maine author Dana Murch of “The Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel F. Thibodeau and Rebecca Jandreau” on Thursday, March 26th at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The book, more than three years in the making, contains the genealogy and family of the author’s maternal grandparents, St. Francis natives Daniel Frédéric Thibodeau and Rebecca Jandreau.

According to Murch, “I remember Mémère always bustling in the kitchen and cooking on a wood cook stove (she made the best dumplings in the world)…I remember Pépère as a little man who spoke only French and was not well (he died when I was seven years old).”

Written in the style of Leo Cyr’s classic 1985 work, Madawaskan Heritage, the book identifies and discusses the lives and times of all of the ancestors of Daniel F. Thibodeau and Rebecca Jandreau in Acadie, Québec, and the Upper St. John Valley in both Maine and New Brunswick.  In addition to major sections on the Thibodeau and Jandreau families, the book includes sketches of one hundred and sixty related families, from Albert to Vallière.  Most significant among these sketches are those of the Dubé, Ouellette, Pelletier, Michaud, Nadeau, Paradis, and Miville dit Deschênes families, followed by the Ayotte, Cloutier, Gagnon, Jalbert, and Saucier families.

Approximately 1,600 pages of The Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel F. Thibodeau and Rebecca Jandreau is a major addition to the genealogy of the Thibodeau and Jandreau families. The book is a definitive compilation of the best information currently available on 290 known or presumed ancestral immigrants to Acadia and Québec and their offspring. 

The hardcover book includes copies of many vital records, synopses of U.S. and Canadian census records, family photos, and photos of gravestones, family memorials, and churches.  The book also contains a selected history of Maine and New France (including Acadia) from 1604 to 1850, as well as a chronology of the arrival of all immigrant ancestors.

For more information on the book launch, please call the Acadian Archives acadiennes at 834-7535.