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Transcription: Tax Roll for Maccan, Napan & Hébert Rivers, Nova Scotia, 1791.

  The following is my transcription of the Tax Roll for Maccam, Napan & Hébert Rivers for 1791.   A Copy of the Assess Roll for the Capitation Tax for the District of the Rivers Macam Napan & Hebere for the year 1791.   Feature image above: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. First Class £ s. …

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The Bourgs of Acadia

St. John River Campaign: Raid on Grimrose (present day Gagetown, New Brunswick). Expulsion of the Acadians.

  I and my children are descended from several noteworthy immigrants from France who were original pioneers of Acadia, including the Bourgs of Acadia.   In the past, I have posted about our Melanson ancestors, who we most readily associate ourselves with, since the family name carried down through the generations to my mother, who …

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Transcription: Acadia, Canada Vital Records (Drouin Collection) 1670-1946 – Pages 12 and 13.

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 - Page 12 and 13

Transcription: Acadia, Canada Vital Records (Drouin Collection) 1670-1946 – Pages 12 and 13. 1812 a 1887 Ile du Prince Edouard Registres Photographies a Universite St. Joseph N.B. 12 1847 Gabien Pineau and Marie Pitre; 16 nov; —-; Jean Pineau, Sophie Doucet; François Pitre, Louise Doiron. Maurice Pitre and Dauphine Doiron; 16 nov; 3° 4° C; …

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Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

Melanson Village Community Hall

1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

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Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

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Transcription – Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, Page 469

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946, Page 469

  Original french text from Acadia, Canada Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1760-1946, page 469.   CAP PELÉ CAP BOLD CTE WESTMORLAND NB PAROISSE STE-THÉRÈSE RÉGISTRES PHOTOGRAPHIES A LA PAROISSE 469 ———————- B    76 M. I. Florine Melanson Ce meme jour nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Isabella Florine née hier du legitime mariage …

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I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

La Rochelle, France in 1628.

What a shock to find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna! I was reviewing old genealogy articles to find story and post ideas and hit the jackpot with this one. In an article by CanWest News Service’s Randy Boswell from March of 2010, he recounts …

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The Fougères – Pioneer Family of Port Toulouse, Île Royale

The Fougères – Pioneer Family of Port Toulouse, Île Royale. Cape Breton, or Île Royale as it was known by the French, was the location of a trading fort built by Nicolas Denys in the mid-1600’s. Continuous infighting among the French commercial community resulted in the post and fort being burnt. Construction of a new …