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November 2nd, 2014 - Interview with Guy Saint-Hiliaire on Radio-Canada

Mr. Guy Saint-Hilaire, Vice President and Historian of our association, was Mr. Franco Nuovo's guest on his program 'Dessine-moi un dimanche: L'histoire de la famille Lapointe (Draw me a Sunday: the Lapointe Family History)', which aired live on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, on the French national network of Radio-Canada radio.
To listen to this short interview concerning our ancestor Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe (in French only, sorry!), click on the button (and be patient while the Radio-Canada site downloads the interview):
Interview History of the Lapointe Family

Henriette Audet, of Carleton-sur-Mer, is honored

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Published in the Transgaspésien, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

(A.L.) The last annual gathering of the Association of the Audet dit Lapointe was held in Québec City on September 21 and 22, 2013, in Québec City. It was during this event that paintings by Henriette Audet, a painter of Carleton-sur-Mer were unveiled, paintings that appear on the cover of the two volumes of the 2013 Audet and Lapointe Genealogical Dictionnary.

    In the summer of 2012, the Audet dit Lapointe gathering was held in Maria and all those present greatly appreciated the Gaspesians' warm welcome and generosity.
    It is also at this gathering that a competition was announced for the realization of two paintings depicting the arrival of Nicolas Audet and Magdeleine Després in New-France.
    Artist Henriette Audet, hailing from Maria, presented to the selection board the vision she had of the arrival of her ancestors.  Her project having been chosen, she produced her two paintings, while remaining faithful to the customs of that era (1663-1673).
    The paintings were approved by historians, and are now on the cover page of the Audet and Lapointe Genealogical Dictionary, volume 1 and 2, totalling nearly 2000 pages of information.
    The ancestors of the Audet and Lapointe in our region and elsewhere are found in these volumes.  Why the Lapointe?  Because they too have for ancestor Nicolas Audet, who also went by the nickname of Lapointe.  Among the descendants of this Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, some retained the name of Audet, while others have chosen Audette or Lapointe as surname.
    Nicolas Audet arrived in New-France around 1663 and worked as a doorman for Bishop Laval in Quebec City.  Subsequently, he lived on his own land in St-Jean, Île d'Orléans, with his young wife, Magdeleine Després, who was one of the 764 Filles du Roy (King's Daughters)sent by Louis XIV to populate his Canadian colony.  The couple had 11 children, one of which died at birth.  One needed great courage and hope for a better life to cross the Atlantic and settle in a distant and unknown country.  We must thus drum up pride among the descendants that we are, the 'race' of these men and these women who bequeathed us their language, their culture, a nation.
    Henriette Audet was born in Maria and has painted for many years. Established in Québec in 1989, she continues to express herself through her paintings and participates in symposia and exhibitions including the YMCA and the Complex G in Québec City.  Her paintings are on display in galleries in Baie-Saint-Paul, Les Éboulements, at Île d'Orléans and at her own gallery, the Dame Blanche of Boischatel, which was inaugurated in 1993.  To date, we find her canvases across Quebec, Ontario as well as in France and the United States and she has a permanent exhibit in the Manoir Belle-Plage in Carleton-sur-Mer.
    In 2009, she realized her dream and returned to Gaspésia to settle in Carleton-sur-Mer, overlooking the sea.  Currently, she is preparing her next exhibition while renovating a century-old house with her husband.
    Dictionaries can be ordered on the website of the Association of Audet dit Lapointe, at or for more information at 

Daily newspaper ' : The Audet-Lapointe from Québec in search of their roots.

West-France / Basse-Normandie / Alençon / Mortagne-au-Perche / Archives on Tuesday May-12-2009

Forty-five descendants of the french emigrants Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and Magdeleine Després spent much of Sunday in Mortagne in order to discover the traces of their Percheron ancestors.

"What a joy to be on the land of our ancestors! Arrived in France since Saturday, Audet-Lapointe from Québec, Canada and the United States have shown enthusiasm upon arriving on percheron ground.  Welcomed by the Norman Roots Association and the Brotherhood of Knights of Blood-Pudding Tasters, they benefited from both stories of the places they visited and from gastronomic and festive moments offered by the Brotherhood.

After a moving visit of Tourouvre's Church, where a good number of their ancestors were baptized, and the "wonder to discover such a beautiful countryside", our "cousins" were welcomed in the Mortagne Town Hall by Jean-Claude Lenoir, Deputy Mayor.

It is in the presence of the latter that the Grand Master Jean-Claude Gotteri has inducted within the Brotherhood Louise Lapointe, current President of the Association of the Descendants of Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, and Gaston Audet-Lapointe, founder of this association. These travellers, delighted by such a reception and the discovery of the 'beautiful red dresses of the Blood-Pudding Tasters', throroughly enjoyed tasting the blood-pudding and the meals served by the young restaurateurs of the 'Pieds dans l'eau' (Feet in water) restaurant, after the visit of the Trudel Ancestral Home in Parfondeval, where they were received by Mr. and Mrs. Lévesque.

In the afternoon, Roger Fouquet presented the beauty of the old town of Mortagne. As Jean-Claude Lenoir has hoped, "once again, the ties of friendship between the Perche and Quebec have been revived".
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April 10, 2009 - Pierre Audette shares is sceneries

Article published in Rive-Nord (North Shore) weekly newspaper on April 10, 2009 and written by Renée-Claude Doucet.

In the coming months, the talented painter from Repentigny, Pierre Audette, will share his art with people from the Lanaudière region. Until April 25, his landscapes will illuminate the walls of the St-Félix de Valois Library.

Dedicated to his art for almost ten years, Mr Audette today pursues a talent that had long been dormant in him.  It is at the age of 70 that the artist first let his brushes glide on a canvas.  The resulting work showed its exceptional ability to faithfully reproduce the landscapes before him. His renderings of Old Montreal and Old Quebec are now recognized throughout Quebec.

More recently, Mr. Audette painted a series of works representing the churches of Île d'Orléans.  He also illustrated the cover of the Genealogical Dictionary of the Audet dit Lapointe families.  "My paintings tell a story. The buildings represented in them are authentic'', said the painter, which attaches great importance to the richness of our heritage.

Meeting the public
Since April 1st and until the 25th, art lovers can admire the oils on canvas by Pierre Audette in the Saint-Félix Library, 4863, Principale Street, behind the fire station. Info: 450-889-4433.

On April 18 and 19, the artist will meet the public at Carrefour Laval in the context of the ''Rendez-vous of artists''.  Interested parties will be able to even watch him paint live.

Finally, from May 1 to 3, the gallery of the City of Repentigny's City Hall will glow in the colours of M. Audette's canvases as well as other artists from the region during the 2009 ''Paintings Awakenings'' event. 
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In 2008, Pierre Audette illustrated the cover of the Audet dit Lapointe families' Genealogical Dictionary. As a thank you, the author of the book, Gaston Audet-Lapointe presented the first copy of the work to the artist.

July 5, 2009 - Annual Assembly

  • The Annual General Meeting for ADNAL members took place on July 5, 2009.
  • For more information, please consult the related items on the Activities page.

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8 to 21 May 2009 - Trip to France

  • As planned, our group left from Montreal's Trudeau Airport on May 8, 2009, and returned on May 21.  The highlight of this trip was the the visit of May 16 in Maulais, birthplace of our ancestor Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, who came to New France in 1663.

  • For more information, please consult the items related to this trip on the Activities page.

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March 31, 2009 - The ADNAL web site gets a face lift!

  • Site with several photos, slide shows and videos
  • New Members section (registration required)
  • Nicolas and Magdeleine newsletters download via the members section
  • A new ADNAL genealogical Forum is planned starting June 2009
  • New quality hosting site
  • Email :
  • Modernization and English language translation starting June 2009

March 6 to 8, 2009 - "Salon des familles souches de Québec" Exhibition

  • For the sixth consecutive year, ADNAL participated at the Founding Families' Fair in Québec City.

  • This year's event was another success, as we can read in the 'Activities 2007 to 2009' section of the Activities page.

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October 7th, 2008 - The Audet-Lapointe immortalize their ancestor Nicolas.

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L'Autre Voix, your newspaper on the Côte-de-Beaupré and Île d'Orléans regions.
Article published online on October 7, 2008 by Marc Cochrane

When they settled on Île d'Orléans in 1667, Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and his wife Magdeleine Després could not imagine that 341 years later, their descendants would unveil a commemorative plaque in their honor.

The commemorative plaque, honoring Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and Magdeleine Després, was unveiled in the presence of the Director of the François-Lamy Foundation, Annie Latour, the Mayor of Maulais, Alain Blot, the President of the Association of the Descendants of Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, Louise Lapointe, and the Councillor for Saint-Jean, Jean-Pierre Béland.

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