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As we spin up "Ronfleuse Gobeil" in the background to pick up the pace, we will now take you on a guided tour of our website to overview each section and some of the  information that you might find interesting in our website.  

In the business of history and genealogy there are always many side stories and side issues pertaining to some of the family data. We use footnotes to document that information. The footnotes for each page are collected at the bottom of the respective page.

Finally, for the sake of completeness and in an effort to be helpful, we have included a Credits & Bibliography section where we record our references for your information. The Reference is shown as a number with brackets like this [ref: 5]. Click the Reference to go to the Bibliography section to read the reference information.

So now we're ready for our 'tour', here we go...


The Joseph & Théogenie Thériault family is an Acadian family in name but in actuality became a mix of Acadian and French-Canadian blood when Joseph and Agnès in the 5th generation migrated to Lower Canada in 1759 from Beaubassin, Acadia and their children married with the local French-Canadian families.

As with most Terriot's in North America, we are descendants of Jehan Terriot1 and Perrine Ruau2. Jehan emigrated around the early 1630's probably from Martaizé in the ancient province of Poitou, France and probably sailed from La Rochelle, France3 to establish a settlement called La Hève in Acadia4. Jehan may have been among the first settlers in 16325 of La Hève, Acadia in the New World.

Today, La Have6 with its anglicized name is a picturesque sea-coast port village west of Halifax in present-day Nova Scotia. The fishing village has a gem of a museum7 on Fort Point (the original landing site in 1632) which focuses on this particular story and the Terriot's. But you don't have to go to the Fort Point museum for this story, we have an entire website, the
TERRIOT ACADIAN FAMILY SOCIETY  website which is dedicated to the Terriot story.
Acadia and its settlements including La Have (La Heve) on the Atlantic settled in 1632.Before we shift our focus to the Joseph & Théogenie Thériault family, the section on MIGRATION FROM ACADIA to the North  will take us through the journey of the Terriot's from Acadia to the Saint John River Valley in northern Maine and New Brunswick. Here, we will trace each generation as they eventually settle in that beautiful valley. This migration can easily be traced in our JEHAN TERRIOT ARCHIVE where our genealogy records the locations of each generation. You are welcome to browse through our Archive of Descendants, List of Surnames (which lists all of the other family names that are married into our family) and the Index of Names of all members of our family. Feel free to download any of the information you find interesting. And, be sure to let us know by e-mail if you have any problems. Click our e-mail address to contact us: Send us an e-mail...

As we have already mentioned, our records to date of our genealogy and history are incomplete and create some challenging mysteries which we document in our UNSOLVED MYSTERIES section. These mysteries in many ways drive our work in research.

With that, we will be prepared to focus on the progeny of JOSEPH & THÉOGENIE OUELLET with a biography with photos. We also cover the biography of his father, Dolphis as well as a collection of biographies of some of Joseph's brothers and sisters and some of his children including Joachim and others. It is also our hope that this website will help capture some of our precious FAMILY STORIES, oral histories and other stories. We know there are many... we've heard some of them many times over. So we've provided a page to post those gems. Check it out... and lets hear your favorite stories! 
 

We hope to hear from anyone (in either French or English) who has information about, or who is a descendant of Joseph & Théogenie Thériault.  To promote some interest in this, we have created a special  FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM section where we will post selected photos of members of the family that we hopefully will receive from you. These photos will be archived by our Terriot Acadian Family Society archives for all of our descendants to enjoy.

We are very proud of our 'MUSÉE THÉRIAULT', our family museum. If you know of important heirlooms that would be interesting to other members of the family, let us know and we will add the article to our museum, however small and insignificant it might be. Heirlooms usually carry along with them important stories of our ancestors and family that provide important insight into the character of our family. Please note that the present owners of these heirlooms will be kept confidential to the Society unless the individual agrees to releases his/her identity.

We also think that it would be interesting to carry the family news and so, we do that in the LA JASEUSE our family gazette which is actually a 'blog', meaning that you can comment and correspond with others who submit their comments for each article. Click over to that page and get updated on some of your relatives. You may register with the blog to 'Follow' its new postings as those are published for your convenience. This will assure that when any new posting is published, you will be notified of that posting. Consider opening a Google account so that you may submit comments to any particular posting of interest and thus participate with the family in an important dialogue. See the "So You Have News..." section in the left side-bar of the blog.

If you would like to learn how to best use our website, go to our HELP page. While it may not answer all of your questions, we do have a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have a question that we do not answer, please let us know and we will add the question with our answer to our Help page.

Finally, we are delighted to share our list of useful LINKS TO OTHER SITES with you. This list includes only those that we have found most useful for Acadian genealogy. You will find that very little (if anything) is sold at those websites. We have found them to be safe, very helpful and easy to use.

Okay... so you're on your own. Let us know if you have any problems or questions, or any suggestions for improvements. We're always looking for new ideas. Enjoy your visit...


FOOTNOTES:

1.  Our family name was spelled several different ways by the ancient record-keepers and spelled differently as well by researchers. For many census-takers, spelling depended largely on pronunciation. Contemporary genealogists Arsenault [ref: 1] and Beauregard [ref: 15] use 'Terriau' for the first two generations (Jehan and his children) and 'Terriot' for the third generation (Arsenault). Lanctot [ref: 9] uses 'Thérriot' for Jehan's family name perhaps based on his understanding of the spelling currently used in France. As a standard, we have chosen to use the ‘Terriot’ variation for the first five Acadian generations (pre-Deportation) and the modern Canadian spelling ('Theriault') and the Louisiana spelling ('Theriot') for the post-Deportation generations (generation 6 and beyond). The variation that is currently used in France is 'Theriot' or 'Terriot'. Of course, our standard does not apply where an individual's records clearly indicate the spelling of the family name.

2.   In the 1671 Census of Acadia
[ref: 4], Perrine's maiden name was noted as 'Ruau' or 'Bau'. In other records, her maiden name is recorded as Ruau or Bau. Some authors and researchers have made assumptions on Perrine's family name and so Lanctot uses 'Breau', while Arsenault and Beauregard use 'Bourg' It is our hypothesis that the 'Ruau' recording in the first census of Acadia was probably a misunderstanding between Perinne and the census-taker. It is difficult to understand how 'Bourg' could be mispronounced as 'Bau' or even Breau. But the Bourg name is well established in Martaise, La Chaussee and Aulnay as is also 'Brault' and there is no evidence of the 'Bau', 'Beau' or 'Beaux' family. We believe that Perrine's family name was most probably 'Brault' if it was not 'Ruau'. We will keep with the 'Ruau' convention for the time-being.

3.  According to some accounts, the last point of departure from France was La Havre. See "The Sail from La Havre to Le Hève" section.

4.   Actually, a more complete account of the sail is given in the "The Sail from La Havre to Le Hève" section.

5.  There are different accounts of the year that Jehan and Perinne Therriot emigrated to Acadia. See EndNote 15 for details.

6.   Le Have is the anglicized version of the original name, Le Hève. Le Have was actually the government seat of Acadia from 1632- 1636.

7.  The Fort Point museum is operated by the Lunenberg County Historical Society.