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By Mitch Conover, Editor  
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Vol. VIII                                                      Ensemble Encore                            Spring        -       2006


A New Year and a full schedule ahead for Famille Trahan

By Ray Trahan

On March 18, 2006 the Acadian Memorial in St Martinville will honor our Hebert and Broussard Cousins as they commemorate the reenactment of the arrival of Acadian Families at the Attakapas in 1765. The event will feature reenactment of the arrival of Acadian Ancestors, each portrayer dressed in a costume of that time period. The program will continue with lectures, Arts and Crafts, Cajun Cooking, displays, and Cajun Music (Note schedule, page 2 of Newsletter).

Program will kick off at 10:00 am and continue till 5:00 pm. We urge all members to attend and to bring friends and relatives. Keep in mind, that the survival of our Acadian Memorial and Museum relies on strong support of us Cajuns! I would also mention, that having looked at many of your genealogy, most of you (and us) have both Broussard and Hebert in your line, so it is truly honoring us as well.   

On April 22, 2006 we, the Famille Trahan Association, will host a gathering of Trahan, Comeaux, Bourg, Thibodeaux, and other familes desiring to particpate; times 10:00 am till 1:30 pm, and  at the Woodmen of World Hall in Maurice (direction: 1/4 mile west of the only signal light in Maurice, the Hall is on the South side of La. Hwy 92.

The gathering will feature two researchers from Nova Scotia, Mary Beanland and Dick Thibodeau. Mr. Thibodeau has conducted research of Thibodeau Homesteads and Villages in early Acadie. The two will brief on their searches, and the results of their research. Each family attending will be allowed display their genealogy and merchandise.

We will conclude our meeting with a meal jambayla and extras; those who are able to, are asked to bring a dessert. The cost of meal will be $5 per person for all those over age 12 years, all those under age of 12 will be free.                                                                                   


Bits and pieces

By Loubert Trahan

THE GENES THAT BIND (Reprint in part from Newsweek Magazine)
From health to history, the science of DNA is changing the narratives of people’s lives as they discover who they really are and where they really come from.  By unlocking the secrets of our blood, we are tracing our genuine family roots, and the lessons range from our propensity for disease to the truth that we are all a lot more alike than we may have thought.  It is connecting lost cousins and giving families surprising glimpses into their pasts.  Now scientists are using it to answer the oldest question of all:  Where did we really come from?  Who were Guillaume's ancient ancestors?                                                                          

For a more complete treatise on this subject, please look up the article in Newsweek of February 9, 2006.  When scientists trace humanity’s genetic roots back to their origins, all roads lead to Africa.  Studying  mutations in “Y” chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has also let them reconstruct tribal migrations throughout the globe.  Is this the path back to “Adam and Eve."                                                                                                                                                     
The most ambitious effort by far is the National Geographic Society’s $40 million Genographic Project, which aims to collect 100,000 DNA samples from populations around the world over the next five years.  The goal is to trace human roots from the present day back to the origin of our species.  Other organizations are also getting involved.

The Trahan Family Association, along with several other Acadian families, is very much in favor of joining this research.  We would hope that this would define the origin of our ancestors.  Were they Celts? Norsemen? Romans? Apes?  Some of the research so far has indicated that migrants 45,000 years ago bore a mutation that spread in time to Asia, Europe and the Americas.  In fact Europe, including France, was populated by the first Central Asian migration into Europe about 35,000 years ago.  Many Europeans still bear the mutation they carried.  Africa is another story:  Following the path from our “Y”
chromosomes and "mtDNA" back to a common source ends in a male and a female ancestor referred to as “Adam and Eve.”  Interesting”  You Bet!!!


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Membership is $10 per family per year (note: this includes unmarried children under age 18 years; married children, regardless of age are a separate family).

Mail completed form and entry fee to:                          Trahan Family Assoc. Inc.

                                                                                        % Loubert Trahan

                                                                                         9515 Hwy 92

                                                                                         Maurice, La. 70555