Yves Gagné, the noted Québec genealogist, has been researching the origins of the Daoust family in France for several years now. He is making progress, more on the ancestry of Jeanne Aubert, the mother of Guillaume Daoust, than on the Daoust family, but nevertheless, he has found a significant number of French ancestors for the Daousts of North America than have ever been uncovered before.
To learn about the Daoust project and read M. Gagné’s recent update point your browser to http://www.habitant.org/daoust.
M. Gagné was a key researcher on the successful Baillon and Le Neuf projects and recently completed groundbreaking research on the Amiot, Le Dran, and Longueval families. In addition, he has published many important articles in the Mémoires of the Société généalogique canadienne française. He is perhaps the most accomplished contemporary researcher to carry on in the tradition of Fr. Archange Godbout. He has the talent of being able to read through difficult to decipher legal documents from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and he is tenacious in his approach to uncovering all the relevant documents.
I would encourage all of you who descend from Guillaume Daoust to please contribute to the Daoust research project so that M. Gagné can complete another season of researching in the original French records.
Checks can be sent at the following address:
1010 De La Gauchetière Ouest #950
Montréal, Qc. Canada
Please make the checks payable to R.-Yves Gagné.
For those of you who may not be a descendant of Guillaume Daoust, but do descend from the Baillon, Le Neuf, Amiot, Le Dran, or any of the other many families he has published key articles on, I would ask you to please consider “paying it forward.” By helping M. Gagné now on the Daoust project you will be rewarding him for the excellent research he did for you on these other families.
I am confident that we will all be impressed with the findings M. Gagné will eventually published on the ancestry of Guillaume Daoust. The more we help him out now financially, the quicker he will complete his research and publish his results.
John P. DuLong, Ph.D.
Acadian and French-Canadian Genealogy
959 Oxford Road
Berkley, MI 48072-2011
(248) 541-2894, home
(248) 890-4853, cell
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