It can be said that the whole thing began on July 5, 1971 on a summer day at my mother's place at Pointe-au-Père.
A few years earlier, I got interested in my family's history and in my ancestors. I had a few notes on Nicolas and his first descendants. They were probably drawn from the Tanguay genealogical dictionary by an uncle or an aunt. I was hoping that on my retirement I would devote my leisure time making researches on the Paquin genealogy. My mother, Mrs Yvonne Audet Paquin, had informed me about Brother Pasteur and his research work. She said I should meet with him. The opportunity came by on a summer day of 1971 at Pointe-au-Père when Brother Pasteur was visiting my mother and I happened to be there on vacation. In the course of our conversation, I informed Brother Pasteur that we should take advantage of the opportunity of the 300 anniversary of the arrival of Nicolas in 1972 to celebrate this event. Our co-operation was then sealed with our friendship.
The Paquin Family Association was dissolved in 1999 following a decision taken at the general assembly held on August 22, 1998 at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. We will no longer have annual reunions.
What is taking place now is the creation and maintenance of 2 web sites through mutual co-operation namely Ancestors Paquin Family and Dictionnaire Paquin Dictionary. The ultimate goal is to maintain, add or modify all data supplied by all parties interested in history and genealogy of the great Paquin family.
All the work done while the association was still active is not lost, on the contrary all the data known prior to dissolution serves as the basis and is now available on internet.
Thanks to your involvement, we believe we can succeed maintaining our family?s history and genealogy up to date through modern technologies.
Your financial contribution does help to cover some of the costs involved in keeping the sites operational.
A warm welcome to all interested parties to work hand in hand with us to succeed with this venture.
Translated by Jean-Paul Paquin
Le Pasquin, Vol XVlll , No 1 and 2 January, February and March 1986
News from the association
PFA, 10 years old already
The Paquin Association will soon have 10 years of existence, thin-plate wedding. It's quite possible that many of the readers know nothing of the beginning of our Association and why it was created. A 10 year anniversary is a good enough reason to go back to the past and let the readers know who were the first actors of this Association which has never ceased to bring along more and more Paquin.