Researching Acadian ancestors can be frustrating at times. Now a new list of Acadians living in 1783 in Prince Edward Island has been discovered that may help solve many family mysteries. Acadian researchers at l'Université de Moncton have discovered a list of 289 names of Acadians who were living on Prince Edward Island in 1763.
The purpose of the list is unknown. It might be a list of Acadians held prisoner by the British at Fort Amherst, now a historic site on the shores of Charlottetown Harbour. Another possibility is that it is a list those who signed a petition to the French king. Whatever the purpose, the list is now valuable to many Acadian descendants.
You can read more about the research efforts of Stephen White and Regis Brun at l'Université de Moncton in an article in CBC News at http://goo.gl/FkyhP.
My thanks to the several newsletter readers who wrote to tell me about this newly-discovered resource.
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