Acadian genealogy – Researching your Acadian ancestors

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The term Acadian is used to identify the descendants of the first French and European settlers established in Acadia during the New France era. Originally from west-central France, they settled starting in 1604 in an area comprising parts of the Maritime Provinces and Quebec, which is known today as Acadia.

As is the case with French Canadian genealogy, Acadian genealogy is largely based on the parish records of the Catholic Church. Due to their French roots, a majority of Acadians were Catholic.

It is predominantly through baptism, marriage and burial records that we are able to trace the family history of the Acadians.

Acadian genealogy

Acadian genealogy is not as well documented as that of surrounding regions, which can be attributed to the disappearance of a large number of records and documents during the Great Upheaval. Nonetheless, there are several tools and databases related to Acadian genealogy available online.

Free acadian research websites

Genealogie-Acadienne.net contains a database of more than 750,000 individuals and 300,000 Acadian families that can be searched for free. The database contains the dates and places of birth, marriage and death of hundreds of thousands of Acadian descendants, and sometimes even photos of the individuals and the original records themselves. It is an excellent resource for finding Acadian ancestors and cousins.

Acadian-Cajun.com, another great Acadian research website, offers a comprehensive list of resources pertaining to Acadian genealogy. It also contains Acadian censuses that can be consulted directly on the website. In addition, various family associations and websites dedicated to Acadian families, all classified by family name, are compiled here.

Acadian genealogy on Genealogy Quebec

GenealogyQuebec.com, the Drouin Instiute’s genealogical research website, offers two research tools dedicated to Acadian genealogy.

The Drouin collection Records

The Drouin Collection records are a collection of parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) from Quebec, Acadia, as well as parts of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States. Here we are focusing on the Acadian records.

Acadian parish register from the Drouin Collection

Here is the list of the Acadian parish registers available in the Drouin Collection:

Acadie (St-Bernard) Acadie (St-Pierre) Acadieville
Ardouane voir Cocagne Argyle (Ste-Anne) Arichat
Baie-des-Winds voir Cocagne Baie-du-Vin Baie-Ste-Marie (Nouvelle-Écosse)
Baie-Verte voir Cocagne Balmoral Barachois
Barnaby-River Bartibogue Bathurst
Beaubassin Belledune Blackville
Bouctouche Boujagane voir Cocagne Burnt
Cam’s River Cap-Pelé Caraquet
Central Kingsclear Charlo Chatham
Chigibouachis voir Cocagne Chigibougouet voir Cocagne Chimougouis voir Cocagne
Clair Cocagne Dalhousie
Dorchester Drummond Ecouipahaq
Edmunston Eel-Ground Escuminac
Fairville Fort St-Jean Frédéricton
Gagetown Gédaic voir Cocagne Gloucester, comté
Golding-Grove Grande-Digue Grand-Sault
Haute-Aboujagane Hillsborough Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Île-Royale Île-St-Jean Johnville
Kent, comté de Kouchibouguac Lac Baker
Lamèque Loch-Lomond Louisbourg
Lower-Caraquet Madawaska Maliseet
Memramcook Milltown Moncton
Mont-Carmel Nash Creek Néguac (Northumberland)
Nelson Newcastle Northumberland, Comté de
Norton Notre-Dame-de-Kent Paquetville
Petersville Petit-Rocher Plaisance
Pokemouche-en-Bas Pokemouche-en-Haut Port-Royal
Red-Bank Remous-Bridge Restigouche, comté de
Rexton Richibouctou Richmond
Riverside Rivière-Jacquet Robertville
Rogersville Sackville Scoudouc
Shédiac Shemogue Shippagan
St-André St-Andrew St-Anselme
St-Basile St-Charles-Borromée St-Charles-les-Mines
Ste-Anne Ste-Anne-de-Kent Ste-Anne-de-Restigouche
St-François-Xavier St-Georges St-Ignace-de-Kent
St-Isidore St-Jacques St-Jean
St-Léonard St-Louis-des-Français St-Paul-de-Kent
St-Stephen Sunbury Sussex
Tracadie Victoria Wellington
Westmorland Woodstock  

The years covered differ according to the register. The collection also contains Acadian censuses from 1673 to 1784.

The Acadia – Families tool

This tool contains family files based on the Acadian parish records mentioned above. In total, the tool contains 96 000 family files from 1621 to 1849 and is equipped with a search engine which allows searches by last name, first name, date and parish.

In addition, the original records are attached to the family files, allowing the information contained in them to be viewed and verified.

You will find more information about this tool at this address.

 

A subscription to Genealogy Quebec is required to view these 2 collections. You may subscribe here:

24h access –  5$
One month subscription – 13$
One year subscription – 100$

You will find more information about GenealogyQuebec.com in this article.

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