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Acadian Genealogy

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Listed in Birth & Baptism, Books, Canada, Cemeteries, Census, Church & Religion, Death Records, Free, Genealogies & Compiled Histories, Histories & Stories, Land Records, Newspapers, Nova Scotia


The Nova Scotia Archives has an online listing of Acadian Genealogical Sources for Acadian genealogy and family history research. Many of these are resources that are only available offline but a few include links to online sources.

The Acadians were descendants of 17th century French colonists who settled in Acadia, a colony of New France. It was separate from the French colony of Canada (Quebec) and has a separate history/culture. The colony of Acadia is now part of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Maine (USA).

“In 1605 these merchant-adventurers established the colony’s first settlement, Port-Royal, a tiny European outpost situated at the head of the Annapolis Basin, a small, finger-like inlet on the south-eastern, Nova Scotian side of the Bay of Fundy.” For more historical and genealogical resources on the Acadian people, visit: Nova Scotia Archives Acadian Genealogical Services.

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