Jacqueline Girouard
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Jacqueline Girouard

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Jacqueline A. Girouard
Born 1940s.
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Jacqueline Girouard participated with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 100 previously unsourced profiles.
Since joining WikiTree in November 2014 I have had something constructive to do with my time every single day, if I choose! I made all the usual mistakes and even after months of going through profiles, I still find something to change or improve. I've met so many cousins who are always so kind and sincere. I feel most comfortable working with the Louisiana Acadian profiles as that is where all my Louisiana ancestors were born and reared, me included, though I now live in Texas. I love to merge profiles and clean-up the biography sections. Seriously, I'm a nerd!
My father is descended from the pioneering Acadian couple Francois Girouard and Jeanne Aucoin. My Louisiana Girouard is Firmin, who was deported with his family but decided to join the Beausoleil Broussard party to Louisiana rather than go to New Brunswick with the rest of his family. They settled in a large area known then as the Attakapas, but which has since been divided into several parishes such as St. Martinville, Vermilion and Lafayette. On WikiTree, I've connected with a cousin living in New Brunswick who descends from one of Firmin's brothers who stayed with the family. How cool is that?
My mother descends from Acadian pioneers Jehan Theriot and Perrine Rau and also Louisiana French pioneers from France and Alsace-Lorraine on her mother's side. The French and German Louisiana pioneers, known then as Creoles which served to separate them from the Acadians, also intermarried with Acadians. These Louisiana first families settled along the German and Acadian Coasts of the Mississippi River and various bayous. Once the Acadians arrived beginning in the early 1760s they became the predominant culture in the Acadiana parishes of Louisiana.
I would like to point out that New Orleans is not representative of Acadians (Cajuns) as most people imagine. One might say (I do) that the Acadian culture (brand) has been co-opted by the tourism industry in New Orleans. The Acadians largely settled along the upper Mississippi River and the major bayous above New Orleans. Although the Acadians were originally from France, they had been well established in Acadie for nearly 150 years by the time they emigrated to Louisiana and had their own unique culture; whereas, New Orleans was settled long before that time by French, German, Spanish and Africans (both free and enslaved), as well as native-Americans (more nomadic) and many other emigrant groups which settlement continues to this day.
Sadly, during my research, I've learned of Louisiana ancestors who owned slaves. I've noted that the slave owning ancestors generally became more prosperous than those who did not own slaves. A shameful part of our history no doubt.
Happily, I've also learned of a few cousins and uncles who legally married former slave women in Louisiana even as the Civil War was raging. I've also learned of white great-grandfathers, cousins and uncles who fathered children with black women while they were married with white wives. I can only hope these women and their children were treated well and enjoyed the relationship, but, their stories haven't been told. I think it's important to acknowledge and document this history as we continue to work toward mutual trust and understanding even today.


I had only the minimum testing done but others who have tested belong to haplotype H2a2a1a, so I would too. My maternal line goes to "Unknown" Marie who married Francois Gautrot around 1635 and has been validated by Stephen A. White, University of Moncton, Mothers of Acadia Project. Marie is #76. -------, Marie (m v 1635 Francois Gautrot) H2a2a1a Founding Mothers of Acadia.

"Haplogroup H is the most common mtDNA clade in Europe. It is found in approximately 41% of native Europeans. The lineage is also common in North Africa and the Middle East. Haplogroup H is a descendant of haplogroup HV. The Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS), which until recently was the human mitochondrial sequence to which all others were compared, belongs to haplogroup H2a2a1 (human mitochondrial sequences should now be compared with the ancestral Reconstructed Sapiens Reference Sequence (RSRS)).[4] Several independent studies conclude that haplogroup H probably evolved in West Asia c. 25,000 years ago."[1]

Reconstructed Sapiens Reference Sequence (RSRS) Results

HVR1 Mutations
A16129G, T16187C, C16189T, T16223C, G16230A, T16278C, C16311T, C16519T
HVR2 Mutations
G73A, C146T, C152T, C195T, A247G, G263A, 522.1A, 522.2C, 315.1C

revised Cambridge Reference Sequence (rCRS) Results

H CRS 315.1C


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_H_(mtDNA)

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I am 15 degrees from you though the Herberts and Brousards, I am still in Acadie/Nova Scotia. I am taking a look at joining the Louisiana Project so I thought I would see my connection.


Hi Cousine! Thanks for reaching out. Yes, there are many (some 3,000) Acadians who came to Louisiana after the war ended. They prospered and created a vibrant Acadian culture which still exists today. Many country folk still speak Acadian French--my parents and older sibs did and I absorbed quite a bit of the language myself, though not fluently.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Greetings from Cape Cod. 7th cousins twice removed. 🏖️
Thank you for the recent contributions that you made of the profile for my 5th great grandmother; Marie Marguerite (Gautreaux) Gautrot (1764-1835). I already knew some of my ancestors were on the Wall, but I did not know that she was on there as well.  :) Appreciate you!
posted by Amber (Felts) Clark
I just had to stop by and say thank you, my 7th cousin, for all the contributions you make daily to our tree. I admire all that you do.
posted by Ralph Geer
Oh my goodness. Thank you so much--it's nice to be appreciated, Ralph.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Hello I have Abrahams parents as Abraham Dugas & Marguerite Carsonne 1590-1698 Do you have something different? thanks
posted by Jodie Santandrea
Hello! I am the coordinator for the Dubreuil One Name Study. I saw you are affiliated with the Louisiana Families Project. I am looking into the family of Claude Joseph Villars Dubreuil, and was wondering if you have suggestions of where to look for primary source records.


I am based in Connecticut and don't have much familiarity with Louisiana history.

Thank you!

posted by Lauren Millerd
edited by Lauren Millerd
Hello, Jacqueline!

My name is Chéri Smith. I'm a newbie to Wikitree, but blessed with a 500 page ancestry document that my mother's brother-in-law (a genealogist) prepared for her. I have details of hundreds of ancestors, including several who immigrated to, were born in, and died in Port Royal, beginning in the early 1600s. Names include yours - Girouard - as well as Cormier, LeBlanc, Bourg, Boudreau, Richard, Petipas, Landry, Hebert, Doucet, Gaudet, Bourgeois, Breault, Gauterot, Belou. Would love some advice on how to add these precious records to perhaps fill in some blanks for others, and learn about this lineage I am just discovering. Many thanks!

posted by Cheri (Faso) Smith
Hello Jacqueline,

I'm another cousin from New Brunswick, Canada. (7th once removed) Just dropped by to say hi! I'm still getting used to wikitree.

Bonne journée !

posted by Elaine Beaulieu
I am new to Wikitree... it's pretty overwhelming to me. Haha!

Thank you for your help in answering my question Re: Jeanne Dugas I appreciate your time!

I'd like to eventually take the time to really understand my way around this site. I found the Acadian project ... I'm connected to that through my biological father and all his ancestors in Louisiana and on. :)

posted by Amber (Felts) Clark
edited by Amber (Felts) Clark
Hello Jacqueline,

I am a novice in Wikitree. I am mainly focused on my ancestor's immigration to Australia from Ireland and Prussia around 1850.

I have just stumbled across the Arcadian Project. It seems to be spectacularly well organised. I have similar problems resolving boundary and language discussions in Prussia.

I expect to refer this project often. Not because I have any French or American family, but I just like the way it has been organised and presented.

Kind regards, Steve.

posted by Steve Thomas
Your nice comments are very much appreciated by the Acadian Project leaders. We care a lot! Best of luck with your own family tree!
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Hi Jackie,

I came across a space page that might be useful as a model of how to divide up your current sub-project into multiple connected pages. See Liz Shifflet's https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jamestown_Colony page if you're looking for ideas.

posted by Stephanie Ward
Great--right now, the sub-project page is a mess. I'm working with Natalie this morning on ship voyage categories. Making progress.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Hi Jacqueline,

Just dropping in to say Hi. I have gone off in many different directions since you got me started in WikiTree. At first I was researching my half Sister's lineage. I have started a group to research my Scottish Menzies Clan and have done a huge amount of work there. Lately, I'm trying to run down my Italian Grandmother. No one ever knew her maiden name, so autosomal DNA is what I have been using to reconstruct family trees of close cousins in a quest to determine what it was. Consequently, I never have time to do the oversight work that you do for WikiTree. If I ever run out of things to do I will take you up on your offer to teach me the nuances there.



posted by Anthony Hare
Ms. Girouard? I saw on Elisabeth Anne Dugas' page that you are in possession of the marriage document between her and Jean Marie Campeau in 1789. Could I trouble you for a copy sometime, if that's possible? I know you can order them from Baton Rouge, but i never seem to remember. I always wanted to see it.
posted by Lance Campo
We have an interesting new Acadian member!


posted by Karen Lowe
Thank you so much for her help over the year's , I was very lucky when i found you , Thanks again Ray
posted by Ray Girouard
It is always my pleasure to help when I can Cousin Ray.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Hi Jacqueline, I see you have a lot to do with the Acadians,It’s possible we are related.Im new to wiki I guess I’m just learning but I see some of your ancestors you mentioned in your article Francois and Jeanne aucoin and jehan theriot and perrine Rau.I do have in my family tree at ancestry,I have a long line of French ancestors! Just wanted to say hello! Wendy caden
posted by Wendy Caden
Thank you for adding the profile of Francois Babin (1774-1850) to the Louisiana Families Project. One of the things I like most about WikiTree is that it provides a method to collaborate with other researchers so that accuracy is maintained. Your help is appreciated.
posted by Roy Breerwood Jr.
Hi Jacqueline, I am new to Wikitree and created a Anna Margaretha Watry (Watry-176) then I found a comment by you for Watry-116 that "Watry-116 and Vatrin-15 appear to represent the same person because: same information with different last name spelling. Please merge into one profile." and it appears that Vatrin-15 was merged into Watry-116. What do I do now, merge Watry-176 into Watry-116? I don't understand why Watry-116 was not suggested as a match. FYI, In my Ancestry tree my Anna Margaretha's father Francois has an alternate spelly of Vatrin.
posted by Jim Rexhausen
Hi Jacqueline, I was doing some digging on the Giroir's this morning and I came across a Census record for an Augustine Giroir listed at the age of 15 living with "Dalsinn and Alcide Landry". I personally cannot recall any Giroir/Girouard married to a female Alcide who had a child named Augustine. I figured if anyone would know the connection it would be you. Here is a link to the record:


Hello, Thank you for your work on this line - Are you sure about the marriage info on this:

BELLARD, Louis (Louis & Celise CARRIERE) b. 7 Dec. 1844 (GC Ch.: v. 1, p.228); BELLARD, Louis (Louis & Celise THIBODEAUX) m. 4 July 1874 Louisa LEJEUNE (CP Ch.: v. 4, p. 29)

I have a different date .. Thanks for any info Lesa

posted by Lesa LaVergne
Hi! Thanks for the fix on Jourdan-4. Do you want to be co-manager? let me know & I'll add you. Cheers, Liz
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi - its me -- I have checked so you can follow everything - make any additions, etc. to Prudhome's file. Do you want access to the other Roberchaud files?

Lauraine Syrnick

Thank you for your response about Leufroid Maillard. I find information about his parents who lived in the St.Charles region, I am still looking for information to verify his birth. I have found references to him in his father’s succession in St.Charles parish.
posted by Barbara (Winch) House
Hi Jacqueline: Proposed merge of Agnes (Blanchard) Martin and Agnes Agatha (Blanchard) Martin. Source: Aucoin lineage at islandregister.com iAGNÈS (OU AGATHE)7 BLANCHARD (MARIE-ROSE6 HACHÉ-GALLANT, FRANÇOIS JOSEPH5, ANNE-MARIE4 CORMIER, MARIE-MADELEINE3 GIROUARD, JEANNE2 AUCOIN, MARTIN1) was born 1771 in Rustico, l'ile Saint-Jean (PEI)., and died Unknown. She married CHARLES-MICHEL MARTIN 1790 in Rustico, I'ile Saint-Jean (PEI)., son of JOSEPH MARTIN and GENEVIÈVE RICHARD. He was born 1771, and died Unknown.

Children of AGNÈS BLANCHARD and CHARLES-MICHEL MARTIN are: 1211. i. CÉCILE8 MARTIN, b. Abt. 1791, Prob. Rustico, l'ile Saint-Jean.; d. Abt. February 1826. 1212. ii. GERMAIN MARTIN, b. 1800, Rustico, Queens County, l'ile du Prince Edouard.; d. Abt. November 18, 1873, Rustico,

posted by Mary Cudmore
Jacqueline, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Fascinating bio, by the way.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Jacqueline

My spidey sense told me you would be staying :-)

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Louisiana Families Project.

To get the most out of collaborating with other project members, if you haven't already done so, please check the project page for the tag and communication methods used and join the conversation. If you would like some guidance about ways in which you can contribute, please ask in G2G using the project tag on your question.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Jacqueline

Just wanted to say thanks for all your help . Your doing a great job on the Acadian Project and the Honor Code . I know it wasn't easy , Thanks for your work .

posted by Ray Girouard
Jacqueline - I just wanted to say thanks for all you do for the Acadian Project. I think you're a great example of how to honor the Honor Code, especially: "We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly." Thanks for all you do and how you do it.
posted by M Cole
Jacqueline, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. I am enjoying learning about John's family but most of all, I love participating in building this tree. I always welcome your comments and suggestions.
Hi Jacqueline,

I have not found one mistake you've made! You must bury them very deep...…… Thanks for the help

posted by Joseph Savoie