One of the projects that I will be talking about a lot through this blog will be centered on information that I gather while researching my Acadian heritage. While there may be some information pertaining to Le Grand Derangement, the majority of the data will be about life in Acadian Nova Scotia prior to the expulsion.
Growing up, I knew that my father’s mother’s maiden name was Leblanc and she was from Moncton, New Brunswick. It wasn’t until I was an adult and I moved to the Maritimes that I understood what that really meant. For those not from this area, Leblanc is like Smith or Jones — you shake a stick and you’re bound to hit a Leblanc, and if you’re a Leblanc and you meet someone else with the same last name you’re probably related.
When I started delving into my family tree, the Leblanc branch quickly became the easiest to fill in because there was so much that has been published about the Acadians and their lives. Within months, I discovered that I am a direct descendant of one of the first Acadian families to settle in the Maritimes. Even crazier, their family homestead was located in a part of the province that was only half an hour from where my parents currently live, in a village now called Paradise. I first became interested in this hobby as a way of understanding my roots, and I had been practically sitting on them the whole time without knowing! These types of discoveries are what have continued to feed my interest in genealogy over the years, as I’ve grown to have a better understanding of where I came from and how that relates to the world around me.
I’m not going to do too much in terms of regurgitation of data on this site. There are way too many experts in the field who have published their own findings on this particular subject. And by no means do I consider myself an expert on Acadian history. But I will be talking about some of the things that I find in my research that can give me a better understanding of the life that my great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents lived while in the province that I now call home.