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Background

Between 1717 and 1734, seven censuses provide researchers with information about the people who lived in Port-Toulouse, Île Royale. One of these seven censuses is confined to Acadian families living in the community, while the remaining six list the entire population of Port-Toulouse.

Because the parish records of Port-Toulouse are lost, these censuses become all the more important in identifying the families that lived there. The originals of these records are housed in the National Archives of France, Archives of the Colonies. The Centre d'études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, owns microfilm copies of these censuses, and Stephen White, the Centre's genealogist, graciously provided me with copies of the original seven records.

These records, hand-written in early 18th century French, are at times difficult to read and I needed assistance not only in translating the documents, but in properly identifying individuals and associating them with their appropriate family units. Stephen White agreed to participate in a joint effort to make this primary source information available to researchers via the internet. The working process was long and tedious and I sincerely appreciate his considerable time and patience. I can assure you that the documents herein would never have become available in this way without Steve’s active participation and his incomparable knowledge of 17th and 18th century families.
 
For those of you who have not met Stephen White, fellow genealogist Lucie LeBlanc Consentino donated his picture for use on this web site. Lucie took this picture in Steve's office, the Centre d'études Acadiennes, Université de Moncton in 1999.


And, for those of you who may not know Lucie Consentino, she is the owner and creator of a comprehensive site about the history of French Canadians and Acadians. In fact, that’s where I found this picture of Lucie to share with you. Take a look! Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home.

The links below will take you to the specific early census returns.
 

 
1717a Content Keys 1717b
1719   1722
1724 1726 1734
 
     
 

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