Project: Acadians

Categories: Acadians Project

?? Welcome to the Acadians Project!



  • French immigrants who settled in Acadia in the 1600s and their descendants
  • Descendants are concentrated in the Maritime Provinces, New England, Louisiana (Cajuns)

Recent Projects

  • Growing and sourcing one family tree of Acadian descendants
  • Acadian First Families: origins from DNA, settlement, French/British conflicts affecting their lives
  • Geographic Acadian Families: Maine, Louisiana
  • History of Arichat Parish and 70 founding Acadian families
  • One name studies Acadian descendants: Francois Gionet, Michel Richard


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 Acadian First Families. We have a growing list of standardized surnames and links to the First Families with that surname, including their WikiTree ID (e.g. Daniel LeBlanc: LeBlanc-100) . Use the list found here to merge into the standard spellings and project protected pioneers. 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. A Table of First Families with highlighted profiles are found in the appendix Acadian First Families' Highlights.

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.


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The leaders of this project are Lianne Lavoie, Roland Arsenault, and Annette Cormier. For a full list of participants, see the badge report.

If you would like to be involved in the Acadians project, please do the following:

  1. Add acadia to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Ask Lianne, Roland, or Annette to award you the Acadians Project badge.
  3. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.

Our Progress

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!

  • John Francis Surette-Riley - Completing maternal DNA family tree and following up on Amerindian ancestry on the Doucet, Mius/D'Entremont, Lejeune, Pinet family lines.
  • 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.
  • George Blanchard Creator and project coordinator of Chronicles of New France, George oversees collaborative contributions that encompass the colonial regions of Acadia, the Saint Lawrence River Valley, the Great Lakes, and the expansive territory that became part of the State of Maine (basically all the portion of present day Maine that is east and north of Arnold's Expedition.) His current endeavor is the creation of category pages and linking existing and newly created profiles into the Recensement de la Nouvelle-France en 1666 and the following year's Recensement de la Nouvelle-France en 1667.
  • 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.
  • Tanya Breese -
  • Sharon Troy Centanne I am working on my son-in-laws family. He is descended from the Boudreaux's and the Thibodeaux's. I would like to be able to access all the project protected profiles for these surnames and their relatives. Thank you!
  • Denise Chiasson Am new to WikiTree, but not to genealogy. My family has always had a strong oral history (e.g. "Joseph à Léo à Joseph à Joseph à Romain à Xavier à John à Joseph, etc." and "... he had to run his longjohns on the mast to flag for help..."). That did two things for me: an interest in tracking sources of information, and a conviction that they lacked imagination with regard to names, both of which will be familiar to other Acadians. When my Dad sold his house, I not only recuperated my notes but also my mother's notes. So my current project (aside from learning how WikiTree works!) is consolidating these notes on WikiTree. I also have a few published sources -- e.g. church records from the Société Historique Nicolas Denys, census, etc. - and am adding to info on other files as I find it. Looking forward to "meeting" everyone!
  • 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.
  • Claire Cormier - My Acadian tree is already on Wikitree and I would like to contribute to the biographies, in English and French.
  • Vincent Courtney -
  • John deRoche -
  • Dawn Ellis
  • Eowyn - Heberts, Docets and Boudrots
  • Michael Gaudet -
  • Jacqueline Girouard I have mostly complete entering the geneaology work my mother Yvelle Theriot Girouard did starting in the 1980s, nothing digitized. Now, I am linking the profiles to existing ones and finding so many matches. Next, I will look at the profiles in my various lines and add sources. I will not outlive this project for sure! Families currently working on are Girouard, Theriot, Champagne (not Acadian), Mallet (very interesting family) Landry, Broussard, Thibodeau and Simoneau.
  • John Hebert -
  • 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.
  • R. G. Heroux - innumerable Acadian ancestors being followed. Attempting to reconcile oft confusing parentage.
  • Rob Hoyt I am a patrilineal descendant of Pierre Morin dit Bouchard. I am working on the family as it has come to Maine and become the Morang's Morong's and Hoyt's (name change in 1857). I also have done some work on my best friend's family, Doucette from Northern Maine.
  • Jenkinson-126 - Presently adding my own ancestors and ensuring that I match them up to those already entered into wikitree. Presently on Robichaud, Boudreau and Aucoin as they came from France to Acadie. Have information to add to parents of those who are project protected. Want to keep the project protected and keep information accurate.
  • Ann Johnson -
  • Michelle Saucier Ladner - Savary, Dugas, and Bourgeois
  • Landaiche-2 - Adding information consistent with the DGFA and removing the ever-growing list of inaccuracies imported from Ancestry Family Trees.
  • 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.
  • Skip Mcdonald - I am matrilineally descended from Marie-Anne Canol and have DNA tested similarly to other descendants. I am working to better document my intermediate ancestors and their profiles.
  • Craig Meyer -
  • Marcel Muise - Working on adding my own tree (Muise, Doucet, LeBlanc and other Par-en-Bas families) then other Mius, Muise, et cetera to match DFGA.
  • Deborah Petitpas - My MtDNA matches others who trace to Antionette Landry as their earliest known ancestor. (H3a1) I am working on the paper trail which has some gaps due to a fire which destroyed early church records on Isle Madam. Using the family trees and DNA records of known cousins and other H3a1 haplogroup members, I am working on piecing together possible female descendants from Antionette through to my Petitpas line in that area of Cape Breton.
  • Sherri Quental - Acadian ancestors Pierre Morin dit Boucher and Barthelemy Bergeron ; I'm currently working on the Morin line, which I recently discovered I descend from via Seymour Murray/Simon Morin , who settled in Franklin County, NY.
  • Wes Risdon - Working on my own family tree. Many of my maternal ancestors were from Acadia. Most notable names are Broussard, Dugas, Hebert & Thibodeau.
  • Reno Rossignol working on Doucet and related families
  • Joseph St. Denis working on St. Denis, Cyr,
  • Therese Schmidt -
  • Greg Simon - I just see too much misinformation on wikitree, and I wish to help get it straightened out. Sources are critical, and fortunately for this group should be plentiful.
  • Kermit Paul Soileau -
  • Donna Storz
  • Buddy Toups, Jr. - My genealogy work focus is on the following families Melancon/Melanson, Doucet, Dugas, LaVerdure, Mius D Entremont, Landry and more. I also have a lot of Swiss/German ancestors that immigrated to Louisiana (German coast) and are part of modern Cajun people.
  • Lisa Trudeau -
  • AL Wellman - pre-Acadian expulsion interest in Bayol, Blanchard, Bourg, Bourgeois, Breau, Brun, Comeau, Gaudet, Gauthier, Lambert, Landry, Lejeune, Martin, Pellerin, Savoie, Trahan, Vigneau, and anyone on Île Saint-Jean before or after Le Grand Dérangement
  • Jim Wiborg - Working on organizing adding 20 odd years of research records into a coherent tree. Particularly interested in fleshing out descendants of Richard (Richard dit Sansoucy), Hébert, and Blanchard for now.
  • 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 -
  • Joe Doucet - Hoping to fill in information about the Doucets from Petit-Rocher, NB.
  • Raymonde Savoie Working on the descendant list of Anne-Marie Pinet from Port-Royal to my grand-mother Colette Cormier and filling in the dates and other details that I can find.
  • Diane Sell - Working on Lazette and Bezeau family trees and on a list of descendants of Pierre Bezeau and Mary Tulon Bezeau and how we may be related.


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:

{{Migrating Ancestor
| 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)

To Do List

This table is for specific items that need to be completed, not for general goals like "merge all Acadian duplicates". If you don't feel comfortable editing a wiki table but want to add a to-do item to the list, please list it below the table and one of the project leaders will integrate it into the table.

To volunteer to work on an item, find where it says Volunteer Needed right beneath the task you want to work on. Replace Volunteer Needed with your name and WikiTree ID (be careful not to remove the | at the start of the line).

Task Volunteers Related Category Notes G2G link to Discussion
Joseph Richard dit Plate's children need sources Volunteer Needed none Be sure to remove the profiles from Category:Acadian Unsourced Profiles as you add sources to them. none

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.


In Progress


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.

Should dit names be part of the last name at birth?

No. It has been decided by this project that Acadians with dit names should not have the dit name as part of their LNABs. The dit name can go in the Other Last Names field or the Nickname field as appropriate.


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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