Welcome to the Acadians Project!
The Acadians Project currently covers the French immigrants who settled in Nova Scotia and the surrounding areas in the 1600s, and their descendants up to the early 1800s.
Project members can take primary responsibility for a specific Acadian person or family, and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, and removing incorrect information. If there isn't a particular family that interests you, you can contribute to any of these tasks on any profiles, especially those that have no manager in the project.
Note about Early Acadian Surnames and Links to Pioneers. We have a growing list of standardized surnames and links to the Pioneer Family(ies) with that surname. Use the list found here to merge into the standard spellings and project protected pioneers listed there. The information and links can be used in our greetings and messages to inform members about profiles relevant to them, to prevent duplication, and to explain merge requests.
Communicating with the project:
- Google+ Community - For discussions of interest to Acadian genealogists, particularly members of this project but also non-WikiTreers who do Acadian research.
- acadia tag on G2G - For discussions involving the broader WikiTree community, as well as any discussions that will not interest non-WikiTreers.
- WikiAcadia Google Group - No longer used; now serves as an archive of early project discussions.
- Lianne also sends out occasional email newsletters to project members.
If you would like to be involved in the Acadians project, please do the following:
- Add acadia to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Ask Lianne, Roland, or Annette to award you the Acadians Project badge.
- Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.
Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!
- Roland Arsenault - Mostly completed adding "snippets" as images of the french transcription of the 1671 census published by Placid Gaudet in the 1905 report on the Public Archives as well as link them to all the people mentioned in them. Started associating pictures of a monument commemorating the last inhabitants of Beaubassin to relevant profiles. Adding transcription of church records (mostly from Drouin) to many profiles as I encounter inadequately sourced profiles , some my ancestors and others just other Acadians.
- Tanya Breese -
- Doug Coldwell -
- Annette Cormier- Drafting profiles of most common Pioneers (a la Massignon) using Acadian bilingual bio template (Bio, Timeline-Personal/Historical, Sources:Census data, Footnotes); Still interested in profiling families affected by Great Upheaval 1755-1763.
- Vincent Courtney -
- John deRoche -
- Michael Gaudet -
- John Hebert -
- Ann Johnson -
- Stephen Lapointe -
- Lianne Lavoie - Going through the families in the 1671 Acadian Census: almost done making all adults HSA and in Acadians category, now working on the children that appear in that census.
- Craig Meyer -
- Therese Schmidt -
- Kermit Paul Soileau -
- Teri Spevak -
- Donna Storz
- Lisa Trudeau -
- Carroll Woods - Adding all information from the book "Les Descendants de Francois Gionet" by Alexandre Jean Gionet, backed up with any BMD registrations found on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website, and others.
- Al Wopshall -
- Eowyn - Heberts, Docets and Boudrots
- Denis Bourbonnais - In the process of entering profiles for the following families: Brunet dit Bourbonnais, Dignard/Guignard, St-Denis, Huppé, Fortin, Cormier. Dignard/Guignard and Cormier have roots in Acadia.
- Joseph St. Denis working on St. Denis, Cyr,
- Reno Rossignol working on Doucet and related families
- Michelle Saucier Ladner - Savary, Dugas, and Bourgeois
- Blanchard-1459 Initiated Talon's 1665-66 Census with link to Jean Talon. Completed List of the 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish with links to the profiles of all 70 families.
- Hebert-1317 - Hebert, Broussard, Thibodeaux, etc. all SW Louisiana names. Currently trying to clean up duplicates on Ancestry in order to upload a clean file on family search website. Had not worked much on tree since Ancestry allowed merging. Interested in Standardization of names.
The Project Box for this project is Template:Acadian. To use it on a profile, just put the following text on the profile, above the biography:
This will display the project box, and will also put the profile in Category:Acadians, so you don't need to include the Category line when you're including the project box.
Template:Migrating Ancestor should also be used on the profiles of people who immigrated to Acadia. For someone who migrated from France to Acadia, put the following text on the profile:
| origin = France
| origin-flag = Flags.png
| destination = Acadia
| destination-flag = Acadie-1.png
These immigrant profiles should also be put in Category:French Immigrants to Acadia.
Any improvements you can make to the profiles of the Acadians are welcome, but here are some specific goals we're working towards:
- For each person:
- All duplicates merged into the final profile ID
- Final ID locked, marking the profile as project protected (must be done by one of the Leaders)
- Acadian template included on the page
- Each Acadian census in which that person appears included in the Sources section
- Parents are correct
- Bio is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, Ancestry trees, etc., and ideally has an actual written bio.
- Information exists in an easily-accessible way about all of the common Acadian myths (this has not been started yet, though individual myths are often explained on individual profile pages, which is a good start)
Profile of Week
The Acadians Project is working together to prepare Acadian profiles for Profile of the Week nomination. Listed here are Acadian profiles we've nominated, ones that have won, and the one we're currently working on.
- Daniel LeBlanc - Won Profile of the Week for the first week of January 2014.
- Pierre Cormier - Nominated by Maggie for the third week of January 2014. Beaten after a narrow race by the very deserving Ellen (Quinn) Kelly.
- Michel Richard - Nominated by Rhian for the fourth week of March 2014. Beaten by Edward "Ned" Kelly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should married names be included for Acadian women?
Since no Acadian records name Acadian women using married names, we would be making an assumption about them to include them. Therefore, only the last name at birth should be used.
How do we know the "correct" spelling of a last name?
There is a lot of variance in how the early Acadians spelled their last names, so it's difficult to determine a "correct" spelling. Therefore, we have agreed upon standard spellings of these names, as used by Stephen White. These standards can be found here.
- Cyndi's List - Acadian, Cajun & Creole. Links to a whole bunch of websites, mailing lists, etc. with an Acadian focus.
- Généalogie acadienne - Pointers to some reliable sources of info.
Related Projects and Groups
The following projects and groups are likely to have some overlap with this one, so members of this project may be interested in them as well:
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