>> Monday, September 14, 2015
While traveling in Acadian Nova Scotia. Particularly in the French speaking areas, we came across huge churches in very small communities. They were all built around 1900. Considering that when we went to the 1900 Acadien village in Pinlico Peninsula, there were very small houses, one housed two families with a total of 23 children. These were very plain and poor communitites yet, they gathered resources to build these enormous and often very fancy churches.
At this church we were treated to not only a tour of the church but also to the history of his ancestors. They had rich farms in the Royal Annapolis area where Acadians first settled in Canada. Some of them came via the same communities where the Pilgrims had lived in the Netherlands as a refuge before coming to North America..
Their relatives who went to Louisiana and with whom they still keep in touch, added the x to the end of their names - thus Comeau in Nova Scotia and Comeaux in Louisana. The most common names in the area before we got to Yarmouth (English town) were LeBlanc and Comeau.
Nova Scotia Archives www.novascotia.ca/archives/acadian.asp
Acadian Genealogy Home Page www.acadian.org
Acadian Genealogy and History Links http://www.islandnet.com/~cghl/region.php?cat=Acadian
Googling Acadians in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick will get you hundreds of resources.