Project: Acadians

Categories: Acadians Project | Immigrants to Acadia from France


Welcome to the Acadians Project
We aim to grow and source one family tree of French immigrants who settled in Acadia during the dates 1600-1763. Their descendants are concentrated in today's Canadian Maritime Provinces, New England, and Louisiana (Cajuns).
February 1, 2016, 74 Acadian First Families have been profiled and linked to their early descendants!
"Acadia (French: Acadie) was a colony of New France in northeastern North America that included parts of eastern Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and modern-day Maine to the Kennebec River.[1] During much of the 17th and early 18th centuries, Norridgewock on the Kennebec River and Castine at the end of the Penobscot River were the southernmost settlements of Acadia. The actual specification by the French government for the territory refers to lands bordering the Atlantic coast, roughly between the 40th and 46th parallels. Later, the territory was divided into the British colonies that became Canadian provinces and American states. The population of Acadia included members of the Wabanaki Confederacy and descendants of emigrants from France (i.e., Acadians). The two communities intermarried, which resulted in a significant portion of the population of Acadia being Métis."[1][2]
Project Account: WikiTree-2


How To Join

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The primary goal of the Acadians project is to have all Acadian descendants linked to our growing list of Acadian First Families.

Any improvements you can make to linking the profiles of the Acadians in your family or others are welcome, but here are some specific goals we're working towards:

  • For each person the project should be managing:
    • Standardized surnames of Acadian First Families are used for early descendants.
    • All duplicates merged into the final profile ID
    • Final ID locked, marking the profile as project protected (must be done by one of the Project_Leaders)
    • Acadian template included on the page
    • Acadian Project Account added as manager.
    • 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)

Communicating with the project:

We Need Help With

Correcting errors: Suggestions List

Standardizing names: Watchlist using the standard names list Standard Acadian Last Names

Finding sources for these Acadians: Unsourced list

Sample Profiles


  • Simple: Labauve-12
  • Rather simple: Brun-4
  • An especially nice story and good use of census sources Léger-125
  • Complicated - has many sources with links, good formatting (copy when needed): Denys-18


Templates-Project Management-Project Boxes-Project Stickers

1600 - 1763 If a profile has the Project Box on it, then the Acadian Project must be made a manager so that project leaders may help with merges and other matters that come up. Others may also manage the profile or be on the trusted list along with the Project.

The Acadian Project will manage all profiles for Acadians who lived in Acadie/Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Îsle St. Jean, and Îsle Royal at any time prior to the end of 1763, and any children born to Acadian couples who were married in Acadia through 1763. All the children of these families will receive the Project Box regardless of where they were born.

The Project Box for this project is {{Acadian}}. To use it on a profile, just put {{Acadian}} at the very top above the biography and all other categories. 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.

Immigrant profiles should also be put in but is not required. For someone who migrated from France to Acadia, put the following text on the profile just under the == Biography == heading.

{{Migrating Ancestor
| origin = France
| origin-flag = Flags.png
| destination = Acadia
| destination-flag = Acadie-1.png

After 1763 All other descendants of Acadians can have the Acadian Project Sticker as desired by the profile manager: {{Acadian Sticker}}

To indicate that a descendant or living person is an Acadian, you can use the "yes=living" parameter {{Acadian Sticker|yes=living}}
Acadian Flag
... ... ... is an Acadian

For more options, see Template:Acadian_Sticker.

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.

What are the correct place names for Acadian locations?

Nouvelle-France from 1604 to April 11, 1713 (town name, Acadie, Nouvelle-France)
Colony of Nova Scotia from 4/11/1713 to 7/1/1867 (town name, Acadie, Colony of Nova Scotia)
Nova Scotia, Canada after 7/1/1867 (town name, Nova Scotia, Canada)

A parish name may be used if available.

What is the age of Majority?

Under the French regime in North America until 1763 "the age of majority" was defined as 25 years. Until this age, young adults were the responsibility of their parents and had some family obligations to them.. . . Under the English rule after 1763, the age of majority in the former French zone became 21 years. . . (


To get a citation made use Citation Machine

Acadian Sources

Census Information

Deportation Era Census and lists

Town information


Acadian Freespace Pages

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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