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Many people, be they residents of Acadia or members of the Acadian diaspora, undertake genealogical research. The need to establish a link with the past, to find the names of one’s ancestors and know their origins, is very strong.

This can be done in a number of ways: digging through archives, belonging to a family association, searching the Web (but be careful, some amateur sites may contain errors).

Le Centre Acadien at Université Sainte-Anne (Church Point): The Centre contains the largest collection of Acadian archives in the province and offers various genealogical resources, including original documents from the 1600’s and 1700’s. It is a collection of primary and secondary sources pertaining to both the past and the present of the Acadian people, including approximately 10,000 volumes and numerous manuscripts, as well as recordings of music and interviews about how people lived. Also available are collections of photographs relating to Acadia, as well as an almost complete collection of French language newspapers in the
Maritime provinces. www.centreacadien.usainteanne.ca

The Acadian Museum and Research Centre (West Pubnico): Here you will find the archives of Father Clarence d’Entremont, a historian who wrote extensively on the region. Visitors can also view valuable documents, including over 5,000 books and historical periodicals, genealogical accounts, land grants, land titles, microfilm, maps, photographs and parish registers.

The Centre Trois Pignons, Société Saint-Pierre (Chéticamp): The Centre Trois Pignons in Chéticamp contains the archives of Father Charles Aucoin, a historian who amassed a collection of more than 100,000 genealogical records on Acadian families in his region. www.lestroispignons.com 

Credits: Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Ecosse