My Favorite Books

  • All books on Acadian History
  • John Adams
  • The Alchemist
  • The Ultimate Gift

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Web Site Link for Acadian Genealogy

I have been given permission by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino to share her web site with you. She has wonderful and complete information about her Acadian heritage history along with information about many other Acadian families. You will enjoy many hours exploring her web site.

I am on my last week at my daughters home in Illinois. I have enjoyed my stay. My grandchildren are growing in leaps and bounds. Alexis is 10, Katelyn 5 and Carianne 3. Tammy always has her hands full. But think of our ancesters whose families had many more children. One of my LeBlanc families, Joseph, had over 20 children. No TV, computers, cars etc. I think that is why I am soooo interested in my family history. I believe you learn who you are from the information you learn from genealogy.Try it yourself. Some web sites are:, Just google and lots of web sites will appear. And be sure to check out Lucie's web site.
Maybe this summer, you can have a family get together. Ask questions of your elders. Visit your state's history museums. Go to your local library. Whatever you do have fun doing it and learn something in the process.
Have a great Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Offical Summer is almost here

Summer in Maine!!! Now that's what I am talking about. First there are the black flies, then the mosquitoes, then the rain, then the sun and maybe more rain. You ask what is the best thing? Camping, kayaking and just being alive in Maine. I will be doing lots of camping this summer. My knee is healing very well. So I can do the things I love to do. June 23rd-27th, I will head to northern Maine (where I have never been to), to attend the Acadian Festival in Madawaska. They have it every year in June. There are street parades, quilt shows, good food and friends to meet. Also this year is the Gagnon family reunion. I am a Gagnon by distance marriage. I continue to work on my Genealogy pedigree charts along with visiting as many places of my ancestors as possible. I will cross the border to Canada to St Basile and Madawaska New Brunswick Canada. Lots of my relatives, including the Martins (my great great grandmother's side) came from that area. One would say "Why do you want to visit an area that only dead relatives are?) One time I was in Nova Scotia in Granville Ferry, and I saw a mail box with my mothers maiden name on it. As shy as I am (ha ha), I went up to the house and asked if we were related. Low and behold, Clara Robinson lived there and she was my mothers first cousin. It was only a few months before that that I found out where my grandfathers family came from. My grandfather has been dead since 1918 since WWI. My mother never had contact with that side of the family. It is a sad story, maybe I will touch upon it here one day. Well if you don't ask the question, you might miss out on a great opportunity.
So Madawaska will start my camping/genealogy adventure this summer.In July, I will travel to Frederickton New Brunswick to view a Tattoo. Also will continue on to Acadieville, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. If you have not been to the Atlantic Maritimes ( New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland/Labrador) you are missing out on a beautiful part of the world both nature and people. And of course LOBSTAH!!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Remembering those who served in our US military

Memorial Day 2010
As we remember our military this Memorial Day, I would especially like to pay tribute to members of my family who have served and died in the military for our great country.
1. My husband Don Lennon. He served for 23 years in the US Navy.
2. My son-in-law Pete Peterson served on submarines for 23 years in the US Navy. His sister Yvonne US Air Force serving in Kuwait.
3. My father George H Rogers Jr served in the US Army from March 13, 1941 to May 1946 in New Guinea (The Battle of Buna), Philippines, and Australia.
4. My Mother Hazel E. Robinson Rogers served in the US Army from Jan 23rd 1943 to April 1946. She took the first UN pictures in San Francisco.She was a photographer at the Presidio at Letterman Army Hospital.
5. My Uncles Westby, Allan and Bill who served during WWII in the US Army either in the Pacific or European theaters. My Uncle Tom who served in WWII in the Navy.
6. My cousin Kevin Cahill, US Army presently serving in Italy after doing a 15 month tour in Iraq. My cousin John Gagnon, US Army, presently serving in Afghanistan.My nephew to be Bryan Erickson US Marines Kuwait and Iraq.
7. Vietnam era, my cousins Billy US Marines, Johnny US Air Force, Paul and Wes US National Guard.
8. My Grandfather Aubrey E. Robinson killed in action in WWI in Montfucon France and his brother Clyde Robinson served in France.

Don's Family
1. His sister Sharon served in the US Army Vietnam era. His brother Michael served in the National Guard.
2. His Uncle John Bryne, US Civil War (shot in the head and lost an eye) went on to be the Police Chief of Buffalo NY and was involved in the apprehension of the killer of President McKinley.
3. His Uncle Richard US Army.

Those that are gone God rest your souls. Those that are still here, thank you for your service. Freedom is not free but you all did your part for our freedom.

Remember the wives and the families that were left behind. My grandmother was 18 years old when my grandfather died and my mother was 13 months old. Never saw her father, how sad.

Remember also all my friends and extended family members that have served. Thank you for your sacrifices.

God Bless you all and God Bless America.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nepal: People, places and Heaven

Do you want to know what Heaven is going to be like?I have had a preview, NEPAL. I first started going there in 1993. Don and I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country high in the Himalayas where the people are so friendly, food is good and the scenery is spectacular. We flew into Kathmandu via Europe and India. In Kathmandu, we enjoyed good food, good friends and great historical places. After our visit to the capital of Nepal, we flew up to Lukla by Russian helicopter so we could trek up further toward Mt Everest. (We were a lot younger then).After many days of climbing over and under rocks, rivers, paths, Yak dung etc., we reached our highest point about 15,000 ft above sea level and Mt. Everest in view.
Since that first trip, I have returned many times. Most recent in 2005 to continue to volunteer as a dental assistant in the Dental clinics that are sponsored by the "Himalayan Dental Relief". Each year we serve at least 400 children at each visit. After each dental clinic, we then trek in the mountains for 10 days. My last trek was to the Annapurna region in western Nepal. I still have contact with my Sherpa guide, Bibek. Nepal is a very poor country but rich in its people and history. So I call it heaven and it truly is.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Painting of the Expulsion of the Acadians 1755 at Grand Pre

This morning I put the flags of Acadia on this blog. The Acadians came from France from the central region of the country. I have visited there over the years many times. I actually have been to the church that my 13th grandmother back was baptized in and I have a copy of her certificate.The Acadians came to Port Royal, New France in the early 17th century about 1645-1650. They left France for a better life in New France (modern day Nova Scotia). My families, the LeBlanc's and the Poirier's were among the first dozen families to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the new world. They built their homes along the Annapolis River and farmed. They were a very peaceful people. As their families expanded, they moved to different parts of Nova Scotia. One of the places was Grand Pre. Both my ancestor families went on to Beaubassin (now at the border of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Canada). They filled in the marshlands for farming to feed their families. They had cows, chickens, and plenty of food to share. In 1755, the British from the Massachusetts colony finally destroyed them.During the expulsion, the British burned the Acadians homes, livestock and anything that was Acadian. They were expelled from Grand Pre, Beaubassin and other areas that had a population of Acadians. Some Acadians went to France, England, Maryland, Massachusetts etc. Both sides of my families went through the woods in New Brunswick to the Gaspe in Quebec. They stayed for many years until it was safe to return to their homeland. The LeBlancs went to Memramcook in New Brunswick (near Beaubassin) and the Poiriers went to St Louis de Kent on the east shore of New Brunswick. Placide Poirier, my great great grandfather was one of the first families to establish Acadieville in New Brunswick. This is where my grandmother (my Mothers Mom) was born in 1899. I was lucky. She lived to be 97 years old and I was privileged to be able to get lots of history of the Poirier and LeBlanc families.
I have the pedigree chart on both sides that go back 13 generation on the Poiriers and 12 generations on the LeBlancs. Lots of hours of research and many trips to the various locations have brought to me a sense of who I am. I have that wandering spirit, strong work ethic and pride in my family.


The Acadian flag was established at the Second Acadian Convention in 1884 at Miscouche, Prince Edward Island. Father Richard brought it with him. It is a French flag ... tricolor blue, white, and red ... with a gold star at the top left. The star represents the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Acadians. It is used to represent Acadians worldwide.

Acadians in the diaspora have adopted other symbols. The flag of Acadians in Louisiana, known as Cajuns, was designed by Thomas J. Arceneaux of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and adopted by the Louisiana legislature as the official emblem of the Acadiana region in 1974.

A group of New England Acadians attending Le Congrès Mondial Acadien in Nova Scotia in 2004, endorsed a design for a New England Acadian flag by William Cork, and are advocating for its wider acceptance.

Flag of Acadiana region of Louisiana
Flag of New England Acadians