Update Summer 2020 – 2020 Guindon Journal Now Posted

G’day to all,

Hope you are all keeping well and making the best of the challenges we are all facing with the pandemic.

I have finally put together the latest edition of the Guindon Newsletter and wanted to bring to your attention a couple of Guindon events that are important to look at.


Please save the website for our artist Jean-Yves Guindon events.



Our big news from Raymond Piche to share with you is a huge undertaking to record every Guindon in North America and share it with the world on this website: https://www.nosorigines.qc.ca/GenealogieQuebec.aspx?genealogie=Guindon_Jean&pid=328817 

If you have something you would like to share with everyone for the next Guindon Newsletter please submit it for review.

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Touching Testimonials for Artist JEAN-YVES GUINDON

In front of a hundred people from the l’Outaouais of the municipality of St-Andre-Avellin a tribute plate was unveiled in honor of the artist Jean-Yves Guindon.

In his speech, Mayor Jean-René Career stressed the importance of “the contribution and influence of the artist and his art to the cultural, social and community aspect of the municipality and the Outaouais.”

Photographs of Funeral Cooperative of Ottawa and Daniel Rollin

Known figures from politics, business, community and culture testified their gratitude to the artist for his constant involvement in various causes and levels of society:

Denis Tassé, accomplished businessman in Gatineau, Pierre Bernier, architect of the cultural policy of the MRC Papineau, Paulette Lalande former prefect of the MRC Papineau and former mayor of Piacenza, Alain Hamel, president of the Association Handicapped Papineau.

The Guindon thank the municipality and all the people present at the tribute.

Jeannette Guindon-Veillette for:


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FAll 2019 ETQC Newsletter and Guindon Journal now posted!

The latest versions of the ETQC Newsletter and the Guindon Journal are now posted. You can find the items using the menus above or clicking on the links provided.

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The watercolor of the Petite-Nation Jean-Yves Guindon was privileged to receive Maryse Gaudreault, MNA for Hull, the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly for his outstanding artistic career, community involvement and philanthropy. 

The committed artist celebrated his 35 year career and 70 years of age before more than 225 people gathered for the occasion at the DoubleTree Hilton in Aylmer. This Guindon Celebration has raised more than $ 21,400. for the Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie, a hospice in Gatineau.

Here’s the video of the speech by the member during the presentation of the medal and the reaction of the artist:


Jeannette Veillette-Guindon


Voici la vidéo de l’allocution de la députée lors de la remise de la médaille et de la réaction de l’artiste:


Jeannette Veillette-Guindon

Crédit-photo Roch Givogue, photographe




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SUGGESTION FOR FUTURE GUINDON REUNION CONNECTIONS: Contact: Lisa Guindon lvguindon@earthlink.net

I have been thinking about the reunion and suggest we arrange a simple online celebration. Maybe a Founders day gathering of the Guindon’s of North America. We could all gather via an online meeting program like we did with the committee meetings. The content could be a version of the 2015 reunion presentation, some Family Tree’s and/or photos gathered in one place online for people to peruse and maybe some Q and A (live or questions pre submitted to be reviewed during the meeting) with some of our long time researchers. People could join via facebook or an online gotomeeting or adobeconnect?

I think it would be a low commitment on the part of the attendees and a much smaller commitment to the organizers than a physical event.  For attendees it would just be a couple hours sitting in front of the computer on a specific date.

We could announce a date in the journal and tell people who are interested to join the https://www.facebook.com/groups/guindon.yandeau.family.reunion/ for more details, questionnaires and invites to this virtual event. We could have a test meeting ahead of time with our content to see if it can flow in a reasonable time frame. Does anybody have an interest in this idea?

Contact Lisa Guindon email: lvguindon@earthlink.net

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2018 Guindon Reunion!

Please Note: The 2018 Reunion, November 9 – 11, 2018 in TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN POSTPONED until further notice.  Click here 


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2018 GUINDON Newsletter

You’ll need to check the latest Guindon Journal  2018 #53 for the Guindon reunion in Temecula, California.

Our ancestor Francois Guesdon was born in 1622 in the town of Loudun, Poitou, France. His son, Pierre b 1662, sailed to New France, Canada. The name was modified to the various spellings from the original.

Whether it is the Guesdon of France OR the Guindons/Yandeaus of Canada and the United States the descendants of these families will meet in California’s Temecula Valley to celebrate our eighth gathering of this great family in 2018.


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ETQC Spring 2017 Newsletter Posted

You’ll need to check the latest newsletter. There’s a great story inside of how a DNA test led to a three continent family connection.

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Summer 2017 Updates

Recently updated information includes:

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Response to resignation

I recently sent an email to the Guindon membership outlining my plans to resign my position. Some of you responded to the email shown below. Further down I have listed some of the responses I received and want to give thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate.

It has been a great journey!
I have met so many wonderful “family” connections since I began this journey over 35 years ago to trace our Guindon roots.
You will always have a special place in my “memory bank.”
My hope was to connect with a “Loudun” Guindon relative but ce que sera sera.

All the best, until we meet again. Laverne

tout le meilleur
jusqu’à ce que nous nous reverrons

Hello to All

It is with some regret that I am writing this email. We have had a busy summer and now it is time to share my decision on the Guindon membership after a lot of thought. This is to inform you that I will no longer be organizing the Guindon reunions but I hope someone will come forward to carry on the tradition.

The Guindon Journal will continue to be published and posted for you to enjoy on this site.


January 27, 2017 Joyce Moore

Dear Laverne,

This is in response to your note that you are retiring. I just want to tell you what an admirable job you have done all these years spear-heading the reunions and initiating the research about the Yandeau family. I was glad I was in on it close to the beginning even though I didn’t carry on. I think I remember you phoning me and saying “I am your second cousin.” Is that how it was? And then I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing you. Good luck on the next phase of your life  – perhaps your French course. Don and I are as well as can be expected. Speaking of family, since both of us will have 80th birthdays within the next year we are having a reunion of our family (16 of us) in Prince Edward County in June. My brother Dennis and Gail are still on the farm. I wanted my grandchildren to see the place where their grandma grew up. We are all looking forward to it.

Our best wishes, Joyce (and Don)

January 27, 2017 Jean-Yves Guindon

Merci Laverne pour vos voeux … et les liens de tous les “Newsletter”!

J’ai y retracé, dans celui mois d’août 2000, la réunion à Hammond avec les photos et les mentions de mon nom. Mais ma plus grande surprise et la plus “émotive” a été celle d’y voir mon père Marcel Guindon dans le “purple group”. Il est décédé 2 ans après. Il m’avait bien dit qu’il y avait été et avait adoré alors que moi j’étais en exposition à St-André-Avellin à ces dates. Je ne pouvais pas m’y rendre malheureusement.

Merci pour ces beaux souvenirs. À bientôt et Joyeuses Fêtes!

Debra Fox (Yandeau line)

Thank you, Laverne, for all that you have done keeping the Yandeau/Guindon name alive. You have given selflessly your time and your knowledge to every newsletter (at least 2 per year and sometimes 4 per year) without complaint nor compensation for the many hours it took. I also am very grateful for your dedication to the ancestors of our name. Thank you for bringing all the many lines of Yandeau, Guindon, Guesdon, Yondau, etc etc together and making us one family throughout history and for future generations in many many years to come. I, too, will make myself available for reunions of the future. I regret that I cannot take the responsibility of being the chair but absolutely will be available for consulting, helping organize, and basically wherever I can be of assistance. Thank you, Debra

Laverne, you have given me great memories from this last reunion. I met a lot of cousins that inspired me to travel–with my wife–to Ontario and Quebec and see so much family history and I still have contact information.  Your Hoosier Cousin–Archie

Hi Laverne
I would like to congratulate you on your absolutely fantastic work over the decades for your family, and in respect, my children and grandchildren!
You have been so dedicated to the cause, so in-tune to everything that is so amazing.  You have achieved so much for so many people, now and in the future.
I extend our congratulations to you, and probably congratulations are a short fall of what could and should be said.
Your work will be known for centuries, past on and on.  Job done! Love from us Janice

NO regrets Laverne. You have gone over and above what anyone else would do. Thank you for all your hard work….Pat

You have given me great memories from this last reunion, and I met a lot of cousins and was inspired to travel–with my wife–to Ontario and Quebec and see so much family history, and still have contact information. Your Hoosier Cousin—Archie

So sorry to hear that you are retiring.  I want to thank you for all the hard work you have done.  It has been a pleasure getting to know some of my Guindon cousins.  From your research, I have found 19 daughters from my mom’s side and 15 on my dad’s side. Plus, a couple of soldiers. Thanks again, Bonnie

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