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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:Memramcook dates says 1888
Posted by: Sansou on June 28 2015 14:48
A photo of one of the places of our ancestors back in 1888. Photo found on the NB obits, Documents, & Unknown Photos posted by Aline Cormier (who is a wonderful researcher of genealogy and historical issues of Canada) at: Thought I'd share a picture of the past with you!
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Genealogy:A disease of French Canadian People
Posted by: Sansou on June 5 2015 09:23
Attention French-Canadian Descendants: Did You Inherit Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy?

If you have French-Canadian ancestry, now is the time to check your pedigree charts.

Zacharie Cloutier and Saincte Dupont, who emigrated to Canada from France in 1634, may have harbored the genetic defect responsible for the majority of today’s French-Canadian cases of Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (OPMD).

Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy is best known for a weakness of the muscles that control the eyelids, causing droopy eyelids, a condition also known as ptosis. However, that is not the only symptom. The disease often causes a weakness of the facial muscles and pharyngeal muscles (those in the throat used for swallowing), a condition known as dysphagia. Weakness of facial and limb muscles often occurs later. Symptoms of the disease usually don’t begin until the mid 40s or 50s, but can occur earlier.

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Genealogy:Did you know...about MELANSON family line
Posted by: Sansou on May 30 2015 16:56

by: Margaret C. Melanson
Preface by Stephen A. White

Did You Know?

1. DID YOU KNOW - that Pierre and Charles Mellanson had a sister as well as a brother?

2. DID YOU KNOW - that the father of Pierre and Charles Mellanson appears in various historical records in London, England?

3. DID YOU KNOW - that celebrated singer Anne Murray is a descendant of Charles Mellanson?

4. DID YOU KNOW - that retired Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is a descendant of Pierre Mellanson?

5. DID YOU KNOW - that hockey great, Jean Belliveau, is a descendant of Charles Mellanson?

6. DID YOU KNOW - that film star, Genevieve Bujold, is a descendant of Pierre Mellanson?

7. DID YOU KNOW - that Lamothe Cadillac, who founded the city of Detroit and after whom the Cadillac automobile was named, was an acquaintance of Pierre and Charles Mellanson and their mother?

8. DID YOU KNOW - that Charles Mellanson's granddaughter, Elisabeth (Basset) Waterman, was the stepgrandmother of the American traitor, Benedict Arnold?

9. DID YOU KNOW - that Pierre and Charles Mellanson consistently spelled their name "Mellanson"?

10. DID YOU KNOW - that Pierre and Charles Mellanson were English?

There are MANY more "DID YOU KNOW" info. To see more go to: The Melanson Story: Acadian Family, Acadian Times at:

and ENJOY! :)

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Posted by: Sansou on Feb 13 2015 22:05

Where are most SANSOUCY's located in the world??

CLICK on the photo and see!

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Posted by: Sansou on Feb 13 2015 22:04

Where can you find SANSOUCY's in FRANCE?

CLICK on the photo and see!

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Genealogy:Sansoucy Surname in America
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 13 2015 22:03

Just WHERE can you find SANSOUCY's in AMERICA?

CLICK on the photo and see!

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Genealogy:Just some fun facts about the SANSOUCY NAME:
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 13 2015 20:23

Sansoucy reversed is Ycuosnas
Name contains 8 letters - 50.00% vowels and 50.00% consonants.

Anagrams: Canyusso Sunsocya Ayscunos
Misspells: Sonsoucy Sansoucy Sansouci Sansoucya Snasoucy Sansouyc Sansocuy
Rhymes: Lucy saucy shadowy scammony

The name Sansoucy has a web popularity of 228,000 pages.

Sansoucy has a Facebook presence of 41,500 pages.
Sansoucy has a Google+ Plus presence of 327 pages.
Sansoucy has a Linkedin presence of 1,420 pages.
Sansoucy has a Twitter presence of 4,080 pages. has 666 occurrences for name Sansoucy.
White Pages has 12,400 occurrences for name Sansoucy.

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Genealogy:Shediac THEN AND NOW Video
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 7 2015 23:30

Want to give my Mom credit for finding this one ~ Good work, Mom! A then and now video of one of our ancestors towns. Enjoy ~

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Genealogy:Could some Acadian,Cajun and French Canadian families be descendants of Anusim?
Posted by: Sansou on Feb 3 2015 21:43

Could some Acadian,Cajun and French Canadian families be descendants of Anusim (Jews forced into Catholic Conversion)?

Info from:

Mrs. Ted H answered 3 years ago

It is now known that some surnames of French Acadian, French Canadian and Cajun origin may well be of Jewish origin. According to history, the Sephardic Jews were forced to leave Spain and Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition. Many made their way to France, especially the southern part of France, known as Bayonne and Bordeaux. During the early 1600's some of the Anusim (Jews forced to convert to Catholicism) who fled to France, ended up immigrating to New France, now known as Canada, seeking a life without persecution. The objective of this project is to prove this theory. In doing so, they would like to link themselves through the Canadian Anusim surnames, places of origin and DNA to other Anusim and Jewish families, thereby re-establishing family ties that were lost in the Jewish diaspora.

So how can researchers determine whether there were Jewish people of France that made their way to New France? Approaching this difficult task has been a raison d’être for Deborah Jensen, head of the Canadian Anusim DNA project at Family Tree DNA. Jensen hopes to combine genealogical and historical research along with Y-DNA and mtDNA results of French Canadians to demonstrate the presence of Jewish ancestry in New France, one day giving them their rightful recognition among the first settlers.

The research has yielded some surprises, including a possible Ashkenazi heritage among some of the first settlers. Take my family for example. My first ancestor, Jean Ducas, came to New France from the deep southwest of France, so far south, his listed origin was only a few miles from the Spanish border. The surname Ducas is quite rare, but mainly considered of Ashkenazi origin, a name carried by some Jewish families originating from the Rhine region of France. The DNA testing confirmed a middle eastern heritage for my paternal line, haplogroup J2 which is the most common haplogroup assigned to Jewish people overall, 23% among Ashkenazi and 28% among Sephardim. But further research into the surname showed it was most likely linked with these families of Alsace. Many of the Jewish families of Alsace were merchants and had been living and trading all along the routes of St. Jacques Compostelle (The way of St. James). The name Ducas appears in records in Nimes, Toulouse, Auch, Pau, Tarbes, St. Jean de Luz and Tudela, those in Nimes and Toulouse found in the 1808 census of Jews. These families were also identified by Juan Carrasco Perez, Professor at the Public University of Navarra as likely of French origin, even though many were living in Navarra, Spain.

The DNA testing also showed a series of DNA results indicating middle eastern origins among other families from more northern areas of France, like the historical province of Perche. Many of the surnames bare a striking resemblance to common Ashkenazi surnames of today. There is also the case of the Gautron dit La Rochelle family test which came out as a 100% match to the “Levite Modal Haplotype” in haplogroup R1a. Seeing as the LMH shows its origins in Eastern Europe, why was this ancestor carrying the same DNA markers in La Rochelle, France? R1a is relatively rare in Western France. Many of the J2 results show a close or exact match to other well-known DNA markers like the “Cohen Modal Haplotype.”

There are also some common Sephardic surnames found in French Canada like Rodrigues, Dassylva, Miranda, Cardinal among many others. DNA test results for one Rodrigues participant also indicated a Middle Eastern origin, haplogroup E3b. Overall, French Canadians show about 14% Y DNA in haplogroups J, E3b and G, DNA groups associated with the Mediterranean and Middle East. These numbers can be seen as quite average for a country like France which is also a Mediterranean country, but given that many of the settlers of New France came from northern France, they could be considered significantly higher than average.

In 1808, France issued the “Decree of Bayonne” which forced Jews to take and keep a single surname. This decree lead to many census lists of Jews from all over France and gave Deborah Jensen and her team an excellent window into which names were taken and which bore a resemblance to names found in French Canadian society. The task in the months ahead will be to find participants with surnames found on these lists to submit for a DNA test. Should the results show an affinity with Middle Eastern groups, then the hard work of proving a Jewish background can begin.


The settlement of Sephardim in France along with their seemingly quiet dispersal coincides time-wise to the settlement of New France. Furthermore many of the settlers of New France came from cities like Rouen, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Bayonne, cities with known Sephardic settlement and subsequent dispersal. The project has its hurdles. Names were often changed to assimilate with French society and records on the movement of Sephardim in France are sparse. Many people don’t see the settlement of Quebec as having a significant founding Jewish population; maybe it is not a very popular theory in some circles. Deborah hopes to eventually show conclusively, combining this historical and genealogical data with DNA, that many of French Canada’s first settlers shared a Jewish ancestry, one that was suppressed in a region essentially run by the Catholic Church.
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Genealogy:You're gonna LOVE this one, ya'll! :)
Posted by: Sansou on Jan 11 2015 17:11

Just came across some information quite by accident (which is one reason why genealogy can be so fun and exciting). Through Mom's linage we are related to (drum roll please......)


The actor, singer who was born in Massachusetts is our 4th cousin 3x removed and of course his parents are from Canada. He is connected through Mom's great-great grandmother, Marie Breton. You can look it up and see how we are related by searching under the "FAMILY TREE" link then "PEOPLE" search "Robert Gerard "Bob" Goulet" and click on his profile to see how we are related.

Another "STAR" related relative to add to the genealogy list!

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