The Acadians were sent to the American colonies,
England, France, and several remote colonies. Many also escaped into Canada.
In the late 1760s and in 1785, over 3,000 migrated to Louisiana.
Since they were so spread out, the material written on the Acadians at
this time usually cover only a certain area. Some works, especially
Rev. Donald Hebert's Acadians in Exile, cover more than one
of these areas. It has lists, censuses, church records, and other material
on the Acadians during this time period. Janet Jehn also has a book
entitled Acadian Exiles in the Colonies. Chapman Milling
also has a book Exile Without an End on Acadians in the Carolina
area. And Gregory Wood has a book entitled A Guide to the Acadians
in Maryland in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
The material in the compiled works in the previous
section also contain material from this period. The material by Arsenault,
Bergeron, extend over the Exile period. The first part of Stephen
White's Dictionnaire contains
some of the people involved in the exile. But since the first part
stops at families where the marriage occurred before 1714, the second part
will be of much more use since it will extend up to the year 1780.
Though it will be years before the entire Dictionnaire is completely available,
you can visit the Centre and should be able to see what the working manuscript
contains. Mr. White is very nice about allowing you to copy material.
Once again, there are many other books utilizing
secondary sources (and even tertiary sources) that cover certain families
or areas. If you are interested in a particular surname or area,
you will need to consult books written on name or area. Consult the Book
list for additional sources.
If your Acadian ancestors travelled to Louisiana,
then you are in good shape. As part of the Acadian
Memorial, an online database has been compiled on the 3000 or so
Acadians who immigrated to Louisiana. It's called Ensemble
Also, I have a list of the Acadians who came
to Louisiana (not including those who came on the seven
1785 ships). Check out ACADIAN
IMMIGRATION TO LOUISIANA.