Project: Acadians

Categories: Acadians Project

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.


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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!


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)

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.


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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