Project: Acadians

Categories: Acadians Project | The Wall of Names at the Acadian Memorial


Welcome to the Acadians Project
We aim to grow and source one family tree of French immigrants who settled in Acadia beginning during the dates 1600-1755. 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]
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How To Join

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  • Add your name to the list below (See Our Progress), along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.


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 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:

  • WikiAcadia Google Group
  • 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.

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 Kristina Gallant Gallant-840 Be sure to remove the profiles from Category: Acadian, Unsourced Profiles as you add sources to them. none

Sample Profiles




1600 - 1755 If a profile has the Project Box on it, that profile MUST be managed by the Acadian Project. This is true for all Projects. The Acadian Project will manage all profiles for Acadians born in Acadia from 1600 to 1755 when the deportations began.

The Project Box for this project is Template:Acadian. To use it on a profile, just put the following text on the profile 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.

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.

After 1755 All other descendants of Acadians can have the Acadian Project Sticker as desired by the profile manager.

{{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.


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 - Adding Acadian template and Unsourced template as needed to profiles.
  • 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.
  • Renee Boudreau - In process of adding family of Francois Martin LeBlanc and Marguerite Dorathee Thibodeau (my 2nd Great Grandparents) and going up Dorathee's line to Pierre LaNoue and Mary Doane and documenting their descendant lines. Mary Doane is a documented Mayflower Passenger Descendant (via Doane Association of America). Pierre LaNoue (aka Lanoue) and Mary Doane can be found in Doane Family of America VOL. II. I also come from most of the founding families of Acadie.
  • 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 Acadian First Families using Acadian bilingual bio template (Bio, Timeline-Personal/Historical, Sources:Census data, Footnotes).
  • 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 - Finished adding my own tree (Muise, Doucet, LeBlanc and other Par-en-Bas families) then other Mius, Muise, et cetera to match DFGA. Next do the same with my beau-mère (Landry, Poirier) from Maine and NB.
  • Mary Beth Mylott - adding my Acadian ancestors , most of whom were deported to Connecticut and Massachusetts. Eventually they made their way to Quebec.
  • 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- Proposing merges and adding Unsourced template as I come across. Adding sources for BMD as I come across. (Most of my focus is currently on Louisiana). Plan to work on Acadian Babin's at some point as there are many families with same names, etc. My grandmother was a Babin.
  • Lisa Trudeau -
  • AL Wellman - Investigating Acadian residents of the Tatamagouche area including River John and Toney River who joined the Mi'kmaq to avoid Le Grand Dérangement. Focusing on DNA links to Mi'kmaq descendants of Captain Toney.
  • 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.
  • Rick Sinclair -Main interest is wife's Duguay family, Gaspe (Pasepbiac); know of 5 other Quebec Duguay originals. Then of course Mi'kmak ancestries; 24 family founders of Tracadie, NB, 1780-1800; many family founders of Shippagan NB, 1785-1800; 34 family founders of Bas Caraquet, NB, 1750-1800 & Caraquet, NB, 1750- 1785; & of the 25 early families of Gaspe -early 1700's-1800. Also, interest in Ontario settlement of Scottish origin around Glencoe ON, originally known as Kilmartin; Middlesex County (Mosa & Efrid Townships; as well as Talbot Settlement, near Port Stanley ON 1790-1850.
  • Guy Constantineau - My acadian roots come from my mother, Fernande Cyr. Adding the acadian template to all acadian profiles I can find on Wikitree.
  • Nadine Giasson St-Amand Both sides of my family are acadian, my father line Giasson goes through Hâvre St-Pierre, then Iles de la madeleine and St-Pierre et Miquelons, and roots in New-Brunswick just before the 'Grand dérangement'. My mother tree is more relaxed and disperse itself through Témiscouata until New-Brunswick as well as Kamouraska and around. I want to clarify this tree, link it with others and discover metis linages. Will provide details later.
  • Cady-483 - I discovered the project working on the Hebert line of my ancestry that came to Michigan from Acadia.
  • O'Kane-88 Dann O'Kane - Tracing my VINCENT ancestors from Port Royal, Nova Scotia (c. 1631) to settlement in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario and Quebec.
  • Martin Roy - Came to WikiTree to share newly found information on Jaillet & Cugnei (aka Curier). Mainly researching on the "dit" men. They likely arrived as soldiers in Acadia. Roll(s) must exist somewhere in France for the soldiers that arrived with Grandfontaine (or later).
  • John Dumas - Came to share my research and benefit form others as well. My primary Acadian line is Duon/DeYoung, but a large quantity of Landrys show up as well, and every other Acadian name.
  • Debra Shannon - I'm a direct maternal descendant from Acadia who ended up on the opposite side of the continent (San Diego, CA). I'm currently focused on trying to solve a mystery regarding the parents of Louise Landry (my great-great-great grandmother). I'm ordering the mtDNA from Family Tree but, in the meantime, 23andMe believes I'm a U4b1b.
  • David Basque I am researching my Acadian ancestors basically the Bastarache/Basque Theriault.The Fergusons I know they aren't Acadian but they did marry Acadians like Blanchard,Saulnier/Sonier,Losier.
  • E. LeBlanc working on my own family but would like to work on the to-do list items on this project and also add sources from the Nova Scotia Archives.
  • Doug Peters I have added my family tree (gedcom import) and I am currently working on cleaning up the references to be in compliance iwth WikiTree standards. I am also working on ensuring there are no duplicates and in a few cases working on merging the duplicates.
  • Bill Debuque I am working on expanding my DNA matches with Acadian descendants. I have only two (2) known Acadian blood connections - Antoine Bourg and Francois Savoie.
  • Sunny Clark | Added categories and details to first cousin, first Governor of Acadia Joseph Robineau de Villebon. Primarily working on descendants of Catherine LeNeuf de La Poterie and Louis St Denys de La Ronde since stumbling upon this long-sought Noble Delaronde branch (LeNeuf) in 2015...perhaps yet leading to the fabled "La Ronde Treasure". Biographically-inclined, often waylaid to a good story. Have edited a number of Acadians and am fascinated by Le Grand Dérangement.
  • Jon Davis Currently working on David LeBlanc and his family
  • Marilyn Vanderville Sourcing the multitudes of Acadian ancestors in my tree.
  • Glenda Poirier New here and working My Poirier, Cormier Acadian ancestors.
  • Robynne Lozier Working on my husband Andre Lozier Acadian Family tree. They all came from Gloucester County, New Brunswick, after being forced out of Nova Scotia in 1755. Around 1920-25, several families moved to Northern Ontario, where they still live. His parents names were Lauzier (Lozier) and Duclos.
  • Lydia Robertson Working on the extended Herbert line of my family. I see that most of the names are already there and just need to be connected to my family tree.
  • Barbara Zack After reading about this project, my first goal is to clean up my Acadians and make my information is correct and well documented.
  • Andrea Boudreau Looking to complete my Boudreau/Boudrot line, also, the LeBlanc, all the way up to Daniel. This on my father's side. I'm amazed at how many Boudrot and LeBlanc mingled together from the establishment of Acadie all the way to my grandparents. Grandpa is a Boudreau, grandma is a Leblanc! LOL I also want to work on my mom's side of my tree but I've hit multiple brick walls. Hoping WikiTree will help in that department.
  • Cindy Cooper Adding the rest of my ancestors on my fathers side, many with Acadian heritage. Also going to enter and source as many others as possible, starting with the early Census lists.
  • Joyce Rivette I'm updating and/or adding our direct ancestral lines, starting with Rivet/Rivette ... about 100 different Acadian/Cajun surnames ... from pre-existing research. Many of them were researched years ago (pre-web), so I'm also working on adding better sources as I go. I don't expect to get it all done anytime soon!!
  • Brad Foley I'm working on historic place categories in Nova Scotia (and by extension New Brunswick and PEI) that span the Acadian era. I've already added the provincial and colony categories, and will now try to add towns and events as subcategories and free space pages. I'd love it if anyone else wants to join in, or if they have any suggestions of things to add.
  • Nicolas LaPointe I am working on my Venedam ancestors who lived at Pomquet in the 1800s. My Venedam ancestors most likely arrived here from Belgium in 1817.

Recent Projects

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


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:

Acadian Township Pages

Free space profiles of Acadian communities, with histories, links to personal profiles, and genealogical resources.

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