The Acadians are the descendants of the French colonists who in the 1600's settled in what is today the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. In 1755, many were deported and resettled in various locations including Louisiana, Quebec, New England and France, while others remained in what are today called the Maritime provinces. Acadian descendants can be found all over the world.
If you would like to join the Acadian Project to help improve our Acadian profiles, ANSWER this question and we'll set you up with a badge (but, please don't post your request to join in the comments-your request might get missed and we don't want that to happen!). Project members are expected to agree to receive periodic emails from project leaders and to participate in efforts to improve our profiles. Please read the information here before requesting to join. Requestors must be confirmed WikiTree members, should be familiar with the basics of how WikiTree works, and have made a number of contributions that meet minimum WikiTree standards for style and sourcing before a badge can be awarded.
Please let us know what you will be working on.
That's great Emm and exactly what we would recommend to volunteers new to WikiTree. If you need help, please contact the Acadian Project--we can help you find sources (very, VERY important!) and connect your branches to the Acadian tree trunk. As you get closer to the original Acadians, please know that we use standardized spellings of surnames found here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Familles_Acadiennes. For example, Breau would be the surname spelling for those profiles covered by the Acadian Project (roughly up to about 1765 (and children of those born then). After that time, other projects may be able to help with name spellings such as Canada or Quebecois.
Most of these original Acadian ancestors already have profiles so be sure to search using alternate spelling or other family members before creating a profile.
The link is further down the page, after Project Membership Requirements, which are very important to take into account before asking to join the project.
Hi, Maggie, I added you to the Acadian project page. Please go in any time and add what you are working on. If you check the section that says goals - those would be good ideas for the profiles you manage, or if you start doing any Data Doctor type work on other Acadians.
Feel free to contact Jackie or myself if you have any questions!
Welcome to the project. Cindy (Project Coordinator)
Hi, Maggie, I added you to the Acadian project page. Please go in any time and add what you are working on. See separate note I sent you about some of your Canadian ancestors.
Hi, Leigh, I see you have the project badge, so I added you to the Acadian project page. Feel free to add what you are working on there. There is also helpful information and links to resources. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Acadians#Our_Progress
If you find you are stuck somewhere, feel free to touch with Jackie or me for some pointers. Welcome to the project.
it seems I answered in the wrong place, so I just copy my answer here:
I would like to join the Acadian Project as a good portion of my PEI ancestors are acadian. I focused on my irish paternal line for some time, but I'm now also interested in the acadian part of the family.
If I open the familytreedna family finder matches, the most common matches are LeBlanc and Doucette, but I find nearly all of the other acadian families there, too.
One of my Great Grandmothers is a Meuse, one of my 3rd great grandmothers is a Balquiere. They bring the acadian blood into my mostly irish line.
I'm very interested in learning more about the history of the acadian families.
Hi, Andre I added you to the Acadian Project page. It seems you have a nice set of Acadian Ancestors! Our goals for each profile are listed on this page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Acadians
Plus I added your name and you can fill in the area you are working on. Standard names, sources for all the facts would be great!
Please don't hesitate to ask Jackie or myself if you need any help. We are glad to have you on board.
Cindy Cooper (Project Coordinator)
Thanks for your interest in the Acadians Project and for your offer to help. I will contact you by email.
Gisèle Cormier, Acadians Project coordinator
Thanks for your offer to help. I have sent you a message.