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2014 Family Reunion
A Family that Beat the Odds: Focused on God and United in Love
The 2014 Malonson/Melancon/Melanson/Malanson/Meloncon Family Reunion Committee is excited to announce that the upcoming reunion
will be held at the Acadian Village on August 30-September 1. Homewood Suites by Hilton will be the host hotel.
Acadian Village is Lafayette's oldest, authentic vision of life in Southwestern Louisiana in the 19th century. It showcases authentic
homes along a winding bayou. The homes were restored on site and are filled with antiques from the 19th century. Acadian Village will be
the perfect venue for our reunion since our heritage includes both Cajun and Creole cultures.
We are officially "kicking off" registration for the 2014 Family Reunion. For the first time, you can register online with the option to pay onlinethrough PayPal or by mail. The website includes daily agendas, hotel information, registration forms and a family roster. Please make sure your contact information is updated on the family roster. Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/2014melanconfr/ for more details.
Family members who have previously registered online for the postponed 2013 reunion do not have to reregister again but we do ask that you go to the website payment page by clicking on the following link https://sites.google.com/site/2014melanconfr/payment and confirm all of your information is correct and verify your payment status. If you have not paid your dues yet or your dues have been refunded then you can retrieve your dues amount on this webpage and you can either mail in your payment or pay online. If you have any questions or if any information needs to be updated please contact Ryan Anderson at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org .
We ask that family members register online during the month of March and April. You are not required to pay anything now but prompt payment is greatly appreciated. Registration packets will be mailed in May to those who did not register online. Please feel free to register those without access to a computer and print the registration packet for them.
2014 Louisiana Family Reunion Committee
John Oneal Malonson, aged 45 years (1939) and Josena Norman Malonson w/baby Joseph Andrew, aged 27 years (1929)
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2003 & 2005 & 2007 REUNIONS
Use this link, 2005 Reunion, to view a Power Point presentation of more pictures from the 2005 family reunion.
Click on the following links to see Power Point presentations of the various 2007 reunion activities.
Reunion Hospitality Suite
Note: To return to this page after viewing various links on this site, simply click on the "Back" button.
Go to the Reunion Activities page for more information about the activities that are planned and to the Facilities page for information about where reunion activities will be held.
FAMILY ROSTER MAINTENANCE
To ensure that formal communication channels remain as effective as possible, please review the Family Roster via this link. This data was gathered from previous reunion information and from registration forms which were submitted for the 2007 reunion. Some information may be inaccurate. Names are listed alphabetically. Make note of needed corrections and contact Ken Jones at email@example.com or 832 725-1593 with updates.
As most know, Louisiana Cajuns were forced from "Acadia", in Nova Scotia after the British won the final war against France for Canada. Some of those deported found their way to Louisiana and the rest is history. A man named "Melanson" is on record as having been among the original pioneers of L'Acadie, as the French called Acadia, in a settlement called Grand-Pre. All family members, especially our youth, should invest a few minutes into this aspect of our history and visit a couple of websites which provide a wealth of information about Acadians and specifically about the pioneering family name, Melanson. It's been said that there are several million people who are descendants of the original pioneers. There are thousands of people who have variations of the Melanson name. To learn more, click on, grand-pre.com, select English as the language, click on "History", and scroll down. One can also visit acadian-home.org/frames.html. At this site, click on the link, Acadian Pioneers #1, on the left on the screen. Scroll down to the family name for eye opening history. Surfing both of these sites is well worth it! Visit this site, History and Genealogy Exchange, for a wealth of information which is specifically dedicated to the Melanson tree.
One last note - Dilly and Ken Jones visited L'Acadie and Gran-Pre during October of 2006. Click on this link, Grand-Pre, for a few photos. These pictures will make more sense after you visit the websites above.
Want to learn more about the origins of Louisiana Creoles? Go to this link, Creoles We Are, for a history and overview. Historically, America's color definitions vary from some other countries'. Check this link for the uniquely American view. Many Creoles have been among the firsts in history in various fields. This First Creole link reveals some of them. These famous individuals are not the only sources of pride.
What do the people in these photos have in common?
Louisiana Creoles, who are distinct from other New World Creoles, have been important to Louisiana, Texas and American history. Go to this link, Famous Louisiana Creoles, to learn more about them and other famous Creoles with Louisiana descent. Note that the individual in the second photo is not listed on the Famous Louisiana Creoles link, just yet. Click on this link, piano jazz man, to Learn more about him.
Note: Each of the links included in the Creole History section of this page are from the French Creole web site at www.frenchcreoles.com. Visit their site for many more facts (i.e., information and history).
Texas has long been home to Louisiana Creoles. However,many of them were forced to move to the Lone Star State after the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927. Check out this link to National Geographic to learn more about this tragic event of Biblical proportions and to get an overview of why so many Louisiana natives relocated to the land west of the Sabine River. It also provides an insight into the never ending battle between the Mighty Mississippi's natural tendencies and man's feeble attempts to control it. You'll learn that Katrina was not the first catastrophic natural disaster to cause a mass upheaval of people along the river's watershed. Nor was official treatment of people of color in the aftermath of its disaster the first time the government did not respond to their needs. This link shares a Creole Family's Plight in the years after the flood. It's borrowed from the Prejean - Sonnier - Leblanc Family Web Site. Be sure to check out other links at their site, particularly the link, "The Community of French Town Builds a Church".
In addition, many moved in search of jobs during and after the Great Depression, and in the years after it when share cropping became less and less viable as a means to eke out a living.
Louisiana Creoles moved to Texas, but they brought their heritage with them. Among them were Malonsons, Melancons, Melansons, and Malansons.
Descendants of John Oneil Malonson
Got a family tree? Get it to us and we'll post it. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Want to try your hand at a search for your family's genealogy? You can do so at the Louisiana Creole Heritage web site at www.nsula.edu/creole/ or nationally at the National Archives' web site at www.archives.gov/genealogy/about-research.html . Try it!!! If you're successful, bring your results to the reunion. If you know of a better site for a genealogy search, let us know.