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Belle-Isle-en-Mer

Under English control when the Acadians were exiled. Returned to French control in the Treaty of 1762.  On November 8, 1765, 78 Acadian families arrived as settlers and were dispersed upon the four parishes: Le Palais or north center, Bangor or south center, Sauson at the extreme west and Locmaria at the extreme east.

Below is an excerpt made by L'Abbe H.R. Casgrain regarding the history and significance of the supplements made to the parish registers in 1767:

In order to supplement the parish registers, the "Britanny States" to which Belle-Isle-en-Mer belonged issued an order in 1767 to take in writing a sworn deposition from the heads of the families to trace their origin from France and their affiliation.  These registers or genealogical records are still found in each of the Belle-Isle-en-Mer parishes.

As explained by Milton P. Rieder, Jr. and Norma Gaudet Rieder in their introduction to The Acadians in France, Vol. II, Belle Isle En Mer Registers, La Rochette Papers, the registers provide perhaps the only link between the Acadians of Belle Isle, many of whom later settled in Louisiana, and their ancestors who lived and died in Acadia before the expulsion, and those who lived and died during and after the expulsion.  The important feature of the registers is that they are not just a cut and dry statement that

"...a certain party was born or died on a certain day at a certain place, but rather that there was born under specific conditions or died in a particular way; personal bits of information that probably would never be revealed on a birth or death register..."

Belle Isle en Mer

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