I guess that after about two years of using the site and interacting with other members, I should add a little bit about myself.
Always being a history buff, my journey into genealogy began with the death of my grandmother Eugenie (Brassard) Turcotte in 1972. I was able to come home from my Army tour in Kaiserslautern, Germany to attend the funeral.
While there, my aunt Germaine (Turcotte) Robitaille was very proud to be showing a family tree that included the Turcotte and Brassard families. I was hooked on the lineage. I used much of the information she had gathered on my mother's ancestors and started to search my father's lineage (Lambert and Pitre).
In the 70's and into the 80's, the only research available was hard core documentation. I spent many hours in libraries and corresponding with other family members and research groups in New England and Canada, producing only a few names and records a week.
Thanks to Gates and Jobs, it became possible to get library documents using FTP protocols with DOS 2.0, and as they became available, I downloaded what I could.
Today, there are many sources of documentation, transcripts, books, newspapers and more readily available online. The problem now is finding the right sites or the magic phrase to Google.
After tracing my family to those who arrived in North America from Europe (a few traced into the years before colonization), I became fascinated with the historical events of the time, and started searching for the descendants of the first families. Because of the events between the French and the British in the 1600's and early 1700's, I have concentrated more effort on the descendants of my Accadian ancestors: Jean Pitre and Marie Pesseley.
There are many variations on Pitre: Peet, Peete, Peets, Peat, Peats, Peter, Peters, Peterson, Lajambe, LaShomb and LaShamb are among the most common. (The last three were probably based on a nickname: LaJambe would mean "the leg" in English - kinda like "pegleg" in English.)
The members of this family are flung across the Western hemisphere. Most are concentrated in Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, Southeastern Ontario, New England, New York, and Louisiana (after the expulsion from Acadia), but they can be found from Vancouver to Florida, and across the southern states to California. There are some living in the Carribean Islands and a large number of Pitre in Puerto Rico - I am dying to discover a connection to those families, as some Pitre families fled to the French Islands during the expulsion.
So, to everyone who has ever helped in this search, a big thank you. I will be happy to share what I have with anyone interested.