Presentation by the President

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It is with great pleasure that I present to you our website, which has been completely redesigned to meet the increasingly diverse and specific needs of our members. By making a first overview, you will find that it is more modern, functional, progressive and participatory. It is also more complete: you will learn more about our association, and soon about the history of our Gagnon ancestors who came from Perche in France, as well as the Gagnon and Belzile who have distinguished themselves over the years.

For the time being, parts are still under development and we will make periodic changes as new information becomes available. We will also regularly add new features to share news, events and promotions with you. Clear windows and links will inform you of this progression.

At this point, you will find information about the association, its functioning, the members of the board of directors and collaborators, the chapters of the association and their board of directors, as well as past and upcoming activities organized by the association and by the chapters. You will also be able to consult our most recent magazine La Gagnonnière and all previous issues since January 1986.

Our genealogical database focuses more specifically on the Gagnon and Belzile, but also on other surnames, given the alliances, and will soon be accessible to allow you to do your own research on your families. Feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.
Below you will find out who we are and how we are evolving.

Visit our site regularly to make new discoveries!

Carole Gagnon, President



Founded in 1985, our association (NPO) has nearly 350 members, mainly in Quebec, but also in Canada, the United States and Europe. It is open to all, especially to the descendants of the Gagnon and Belzile ancestors, their relatives and allies (via marriage, adoption); as well as to those interested in genealogy and history. The main objectives of the association are to bring together descendants, research and share information about ancestors and their descendants.

All the Gagnon and Belzile descendants of America, of whom there were nearly 100,000 descendants in North America (Canada and the United States) in 2005, are the descendants of 4 Gagnon ancestors who emigrated to New France: the 3 brothers, Mathurin, Jean and Pierre, who arrived in 1638, as well as their grand cousin Robert who arrived in 1654 (also the ancestor of the Belzile). They came from the former province of Perche in France, the communes of Tourouvre and La Ventrouze. It is from the latter that they left France. There are also other members of the Gagnon family who emigrated to New France in 1643: Marguerite Gagnon, half-sister of the three brothers; Marthe Gagnon, Mathurin's first daughter; and René Roger, mother of the three brothers, who reportedly returned to France.

Our members have privileged access to exciting information that allows them to return to their roots and discover their origins. The association's actions aim in particular to make known the history of the Gagnon and Belzile ancestors, and to promote the creation of a genealogical inventory of their descendants from their known origins to the present day. The association also acknowledges the contribution of the women who have accompanied our ancestors since the very beginning of the colony.

The association has had a website since 1996 and a Facebook page since 2014, two means of dissemination and rallying to achieve its objectives. We are working to modernize the site, make it more user-friendly and enrich it with documents that historians, genealogists and members have shared with us since the association's foundation. The contents are introduced on the site as they are received. The genealogical database will become functional as soon as we have completed its adaptation to the site. Information about the association and the basic history of the Gagnon ancestors is available to all under different tabs. However, the more specific historical information and genealogical database collected by the association is accessible only to members in good standing.

To know more about
 the association

From its origin to the present day, this document will provide you with information on its creation, significant actions and events, as well as its objectives, advantages, coat of arms and statistics.

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