Association des descendants de Jean Deslandes dit Champigny
There are moments in one's life that we know will become everlastingly sweet memories.
The birth of our family association, for all of us whose name, or that of a parent, is either Deslandes, Champigny or Deland, was such a moment. The knowledge of our future will forever escape us but learning about our roots, thus being able to understand and value the lives and accomplishments of our forebears, will give us a better idea of who we are and where we come from.
In the past, genealogical dictionaries have not recorded our surnames. For those of us interested in our family history, such a situation had to be set right. True, there are not that many Deslandes, Champignys or Delands in North America and our history books have not reported any famous, not even notorious, character remotely related to our ancestor.
No, Jean Deslandes dit Champigny never played an important role in the history of our country, politically or otherwise. He was simply a settler, a soldier, a farmer, a mason, a family man. As did the men and women of the early colonial days, he faced up to the hardships of his time and did his part to build a future for his family and country. Unfortunately, history books seldom tell the story of such ordinary folks.
Jean Deslandes dit
Champigny and Elisabeth Ronceray dit le Breton will remain anonymous in
Canadian history. But from the story of their lives,
we can better understand the qualities of tenacity and determination, the
survival instinct required of them to overcome all the hardships that made up
the daily challenge of life in Nouvelle France.
Without their courage, we of the 11th or 12th generation would not be here to enjoy our own lives.
Now that our family association, the Association of the descendants of Jean Deslandes dit Champigny, has been born, it becomes the responsibility of all of us to keep it strong and healthy. A lot of work has been done, our membership numbers over 200 keen relatives and the genealogical data bank built over the past years is both comprehensive and as rigorously exact as possible. But data and membership require continuous nurturing, which can be achieved only through exchange of information and data, more members, a committed board of governors. The Association will endeavour to do its utmost to answer your queries, help out in your genealogy research, organize family events so that we can all meet and learn more of and about our "parenté".
On April 21st 2001, the first reunion ever of our clans, our "Rassemblement" was a huge success. We owe this success to a small group of volunteers who worked hard and long and were totally committed. Imagine how much 200 or more members of our family Association can accomplish by sharing the same commitment to our goals.
The "Fédération des familles souches du Québec" is a federation of the founding families of Quebec province. At their yearly convention in the spring of 2001, their members and board were greatly impressed with the accomplishments of our "then" fledgling new Association. Now we all share the responsibility to make sure that the Association will enjoy a fruitful future, the future our family members and our own descendants richly deserve.