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This website is dedicated to the memory of my Dad, Conrad Sansoucy and my Grandfather, Edward Sansoucy, Jr.  If it wasn't for the countless hours my grandfather put into the research of this Sansoucy line, most of this information wouldn't be here.  My Dad in a labor of love wrote down his memoirs as a gift to each one of his children and it is my desire to honor his memory. 

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Genealogy:Trondheim - In the Heart of Norway
Posted by: Sansou on Dec 2 2014 21:45

SEE where my GGGrandfather, John Johansen lived in Trondheim, Norway.

Amazing to think he may have walked on some of the streets shown in this video. He left his hometown sometime in 1891 where he emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada. Did he leave from his hometown alone? He was only around 25 yrs old when he left. Did he go to America first then to Canada? Or did he go straight to Canada? Did he have friends or family when he arrived in Canada or was he starting a new life on his own there? He married Lydia Cook, only 2 yrs after he arrived in Canada. So many question without many answers but the search continues. Came across this video and thought to share it with those who might be interested to see where our GGGrandfather once lived.

Enjoy! :)

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Genealogy:Just a little "Cajun/Acadian" life video to enjoy
Posted by: Sansou on Oct 30 2014 13:22

Listen and see the sound of Louisiana Cajun life from the 1800-1900's:


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Genealogy:The Terror and The Triumph of an Acadian Family
Posted by: Sansou on Oct 9 2014 08:50

An interesting website that reveals some insight, history, and stories about the land, people, and places of our ancestry. Learn more about where your roots come from and what the people before you lived like, the land they lived in, and how they were pioneers of creating a new country and how it was all taken away from them.

The following video link shows the area of some of our ancestors. Our 9th great-grandfather, Jacques Girouard founded this land and is now known as Tintamarre in Canada. We have a RICH heritage....

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Genealogy:Is there a link?
Posted by: Sansou on Sep 22 2014 11:07

UPDATE: After researching this man's linage I have found we are NOT related. We know that the "Sansouci" name is a "dit" name and this linage actual surname was Langlais and although we have a few Langlais in our line this is NOT one of them. So NO LINK there and most likely something Pepere never researched but just thought it a possibility.... :)

I remember Pepere once mentioning that we were related to a governor of Rhode Island and I'm assuming this is the one he was speaking about. Not sure where the connection lies; another search I'll need to conduct to see if there is any truth in which Pepere based his story upon. Anyhow, thought it would be interesting to share. If anything, this man gave honor to the San Souci name.

EMERY J. SAN SOUCI -- Lieutenant-Gover...

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Genealogy:Geneticist Traces Mysterious Origins of Native Americans to Middle East, Ancient Greece
Posted by: Sansou on Aug 18 2014 06:18

An interesting article about American Indians:


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Genealogy:French Espionage in Colonial Wells
Posted by: Sansou on Mar 29 2013 09:30

Well, well...looks like we may have had a SPY in our linage. Interesting article about one of our ancestors, Louis ALLAIN (Linage of our Great, Great grandmother on Sansoucy side)

French Espionage in Colonial Wells

Less than 100 families lived in Wells when blacksmith, Louis Allain arrived from France around 1684. The colonists probably received him with some trepidation, given the alliance between his countrymen in Canada and the Indians that had plagued them, off and on, for a decade. Little did they know that Allain would one day use their acquaintance to spy for the Governor of l’Acadie.

French Protestants or Huguenots fled religious persecution in France during the reign of King Louis XIV, many of them settling in New England. Louis Allain’s indentured apprentice, Anthony Coombs, was a Huguenot. Louis, himself may also have represented himself as such to the people of Wells. He would later prove his loyalty was really to his pocketbook.

At thirty years old, Allain was already a man of means. He purchased ½ of Samuel Storer’s Cape Neddick-built brigantine, Endeavor, in August of 1685. A month later, he purchased a mill on the western bank of the Little River, lots on both sides of the river and the home of William Frost.

Territorial tensions grew between the colonists from France and England and between the Indian tribes allied to both monarchies. Allain decided to move to Port Royal, Nova Scotia, leaving Anthony Coombs behind to protect his Wells property.

In 1687, he obtained permission to build windmills along the river that has since been known as Allain’s River. He raised a family there and his fortunes grew. Within a few years Louis owned a grain mill, a saw mill, a store and several coasting vessels that made regular trading voyages to the English city of Boston. He and his partner shipped lumber and flour from their mills in Port Royal and brought back Boston goods to sell to their Acadian customers. Andre Faneuil, the wealthy Boston Huguenot whose fortune financed the building of Faneuil Hall, traded regularly with the Acadians, even as Governor William Phipps burned Port Royalin 1690. When the legality of their trading arrangement was questioned, Allain and other Acadian businessmen declared their allegiance to the English King. At the same time they were supplying the French Navy with mast timbers.

Indians attacked the villages along the York County coast in 1703. It was a horrible year for Wells. Thirty-nine of her inhabitants were either killed or made prisoner.

The following Spring Colonel Benjamin Church led an expedition through Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and the Bay of Fundy, collecting French prisoners and Indian scalps for bounty along the way. Under orders from Massachusetts Governor Dudley, he left Port Royal unscathed. Some people of Massachusetts, including Puritan minister Cotton Mather, suspected that Dudley was trying to preserve illegal trade between Boston and Nova Scotia.

Feeding prisoners of war became expensive for both the French and the English. An agreement was made to exchange prisoners in 1705. Allain and his business partner, who were fluent in English and familiar with Boston, were sent to seal the deal. According to the September 10, 1705 issue of the “Boston News-letter”, Allain arrived in Boston on the 20th of August under a flag of truce, with the signed agreement. He returned to Port Royal at the end of September carrying a few French prisoners back as a show of good faith. A January 1706 report in the same paper indicates that he sailed again for Massachusetts a few months later.

“On Thursday last the 26th day of December there arrived at Nanguncket [Ogunquit] near to Wells in the Province of Maine, A Flag of Truce from Port-Royal with 34 English Prisoners.”

E.E. Bourne writes in his “History of Wells” that Lewis Allen came to Wells under the Flag of Truce and was authorized to trade prisoners. The people of Wells were immediately suspicious of the Frenchman’s motives and searched his pocketbook. In it, they found incriminating instructions for Allain to report, to the French Governor of Acadia, any efforts underway to fortify Wells against the Indians.

“If any enterprise was afoot that he should join L.A. the two first letters of his name, close together. If it was only in agitation, place them at some distance; but if nothing was in motion, then to sign a cross.”

Allain was clasped in irons and sent to Bostonto be dealt with. In a surprising twist that Bourne does not reveal, Governor Dudley released Allain. He made some excuse about owing Louis his life and sent him back to Port Royal to continue his lucrative lumber and flour trade.

Anthony Coombs, whose indenture expired, had long since deserted Allain’s Wells mill on the Little River. Louis hired his “trusty and well-beloved friend Lewis Bane of York,” (who had represented the English in treaty negotiations at Port Royal) to recover his title to the Wells property. Bane eventually bought the property from him in 1720 and Louis boldly appeared at the courthouse in Biddeford to acknowledge the instrument May 9, 1733. When he died in Port Royal several years later Louis Allain was one of the richest men in town.

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Genealogy:A Sans Souci Historical Marker
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 24 2013 20:16
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Genealogy:The "Sans Souci Valley" in San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 22 2013 10:02
‎1860 - Duboce Triangle/Lower Haight - View looking northwest from Hermann and Webster Streets down to Steiner Street. (bottom of hill at left), on Mint Hill (t...hen called "The Clinton Mound"). In the "old west" days of San Francisco, this was the view from what was later the U.S. Mint. This peaceful depression was called "Sans Souci Valley".That trail along the white picket fence is Hermann Street today, as it dead ends at Steiner. The hill at far left is Buena Vista Park today. The hill shrouded in fog at the far center is Lone Mountain. The grassy hill on the right is would become "Alamo Square" 30 years later. I could not show a modern day view of this because houses totally block the vantage point today. It was all farmland during this Civil War era photograph.
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Genealogy:Metis - Half Indian, Half European
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 20 2013 18:53

Thought I'd share more about the Metis history. We have Metis in our blood line as well.


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Genealogy:Standardbearers of Acadian Identity
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 1 2013 20:11

Find out more of who you are by learning where you came from!

Video about the Standardbearers of Acadian Identity link below:

Enjoy and learn more about your family ancestry. Appreciate what your ancestors endured and fought for and believed in. It is a part of who you are!

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