A Welcome Note
From Jeanne Belford
Those who are into genealogical research on French and
Acadian families in Canada know that there are many stories
that are lost to us, as well as many more that remain to be
added. But other stories remain, and some can be
The intent of this web site is to share with you the story
of one unique place, Port-Toulouse, the 18th century
settlement on Île Royale, today known as St. Peters, Cape
Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
One can’t say that Port-Toulouse was ever really “lost” to
history. Material is available that somewhat brings the
village and its people to life and fashions its story.
However, source material is scattered about, in bits and
pieces, in various papers, books, Internet sites and
early settlement, its
settlers and their descendants, seem to deserve more - a
tale in its own right, perhaps.
So, I am going to tell you the story of Port-Toulouse and a
bit about the people who lived there. Think of these pages
as a broad, concise overview of the place, its people and
its contribution to some of the French and Acadian presence
in southwestern Cape Breton Island today. For many of us who
have ancestors from this area, this is where it all began!
Hopefully, this memoir will help you as you experience your
genealogical journey, whatever your history may be in - or
with - this place. The goal is to offer an understanding of
events and people who shaped Cape Breton Island history. Our
sense of community comes from within - from a personal
connection with the earliest settlers of Port- Toulouse and
the shared experiences and stories of our ancestors.
The web site is only a beginning. It provides simply a
glimpse into the wealth of French and Acadian culture and
heritage. The descendents of Port-Toulouse families continue
the story. Hopefully, it will never end as we, together,
rebuild lost chapters and write new ones.
Special Note: All information and images appearing within
these pages are understood to be copyright free and in the
public domain. In cases where material is not copyright free
or part of the public domain, every effort has been made to
obtain written permission for use from the appropriate
author or artist. Should anyone feel this is not the case,
please notify me by e-mail and such material will be
immediately deleted and images removed. Sources for all
material and images are provided at the end of this web
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