One of the larger French-Canadian web sites around is called the Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home. While the word "Acadian" is in the title, I noticed that there is some information about Qubecois on the site as well. Nonetheless, the site focuses on Acadian genealogy.
Some of the features of this extensive web site include:
- The Ancestral Home newsletter, a monthly publication. I noticed the April 2005 edition has 21 articles, written by some well-known French-Canadian speakers and authors. The March 2005 newsletter has 18 articles.
- Origins of the Pioneers of Acadia
- Acadian Family Names of the 18th Century
- Acadian/Amerindian Marriages
- A list of Mi'kmaq Marriages extracted from parish registers
- Metis History
- Extensive historical information about Acadia
- Acadian Life
- Paintings of the Deportation (the Great Diaspora) of 1755
- Acadian music
- A search engine of the site
- And much more
The web site is owned and operated by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino who is also editor of The Ancestral Home Newsletter. In addition to having served as past Vice-President, past Conference Chair, past Acadian Acquisitions person, and past Board Director of the American Canadian Genealogical Society of Manchester, New Hampshire, she is also a member of the Lawrence Heritage Genealogical Group in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Ms. Consentino has been published in the American-Canadian Genealogist, Michigan's Habitant Heritage Journal, the Lawrence Eagle Tribune and the Roots - Racines - Késsinnimek E-zine and is often invited as a speaker. She was a presenter at two events at CMA 2004 - one at Grand-Pré and the other at the LeBlanc Family Reunion. She was also honored as an invited participant in the Closing Mass and Ceremonies.
If you have Acadian ancestry, you will find much of interest at the Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home web site. I already found a number of my ancestors mentioned on the site and I have not yet investigated everything there. I know I am going to spend some more time on the site this week.
The Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home web site is available at http://www.acadian-home.org.