John Riley

John Riley

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John F. Riley
Born 1940s.
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Profile last modified 30 Jan 2020 | Created 12 Jun 2015
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Biography

Scientist (physicist) and educator for many years. In between college and university was stints in the film industry in Boston and San Francisco during the seventies. Presently doing video production as a self employed videographer and editor. Commercially rated pilot that flies fixed wing and unmanned aircraft for video production.

I have been interested in my mother's side of the family since the age of eight. I was fascinated with her stories of our Acadian family. Trips through Nova Scotia in 1971 and 1972 brought me in contact with many relatives and family genealogists.

In 2015 I had my paternal, maternal, and autosomal DNA tested for distant ancestry and immediate ancestry. My father's haplogroup goes back 7000 years or more to some of the first peoples to inhabit Wales and Ireland. My mother's haplogroup goes back to the Maghreb region in Morroco and Tunisia. My maternal haplogroup is U6a7a1, it is this haplogroup associated with Acadian ancestry that has proved once and for all that the Lejeune sisters, Catherine and Edmee, had a European mother.

Most importantly, I found my mother had a high percentage of Native American ancestry and my great grandfather, Louis Andre Doucet, was of the paternal haplogroup c-p39. Haplogroup c-p39 is paternally a full Native American.

Some of us are glad to have un-named Amerindiennes that were previously named Unknown, given last names that are more easily searched. Giving these people last names that reflect their native ancestry honors that culture, honors the family they helped establish, and honors these previously unknown people as individuals who should be recognized and easily searched on Wikitree.

When researching the plight of exiles I try to imagine what daily life was like? Their needs; of survival, of their health, of their fears, of the births, of the newborns, of the children. What happened when a mother's death happened during this time, or a father's death? The families survive, but in such a devastated condition. We genealogists write down their cold fact biographies. I want to give them a voice. A voice that brings them back to life and expresses those day to day happenings. I only wish we now can give them that voice.

Sources

  • First-hand information. Entered by John Riley at registration.
  • La Famille Surette De La Pointe Des Pinkney" provided by Surette family geneologist of the 1970's.
  • FamilytreeDNA.Com
  • The Mothers of Acadia DNA Project
  • Amerindian Ancestry Out of Acadia Project.

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my husband is related to someone in the Pinet family line so would like to find out more - thanks -

Martha Beaugh-15 Leger

posted by Martha (Beaugh) Leger
Hi, John

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Acadia Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Acadians] for ways to contribute.

2) Added Acadia to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the {https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/wikitree-acadians].

4) Bookmarked the [1] to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Best thing about Wikitree is the massive collaborated effort of all the contributors.

Worst thing about Wikitree is the incorrect, incomplete, and unverifiable sources without links.

posted by John Riley
Hi John, thank you for your interest in Germain Amerindien's story. I have added you as co-manager of his profile. If you need access to any other profiles, please ask.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Hey cousin John,

We share the same DNA connection (U6a7) and have many of the same family. I am really enjoying your work on our common ancestors and also the collaboration. I, too, wonder about the day to day lives of these acadians. The large families as well as the quick remarriages show how hard life must have been. I have been talking to my mom's family about life in the immediate previous generations. Mom was the 2nd oldest in her family and would be 101 if she was alive. I think life was pretty stable after the deportation, for those who returned. My aunt remembers great-grandmother Lenore, who was married 3 times. She had a pretty tough life, but survived.

posted by Nina Pyne
HI John!

Congratulations on earning the Club 1000 badge for March. Thanks for all your hard work, especially to be a part of our Acadia project.  :)

posted by Eowyn Langholf

John is 20 degrees from Frederick Douglass, 20 degrees from Margaret Summitt and 22 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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