In the phone listings - http://www.canada411.com - look up DOREY in Nova Scotia. 281 listings will pop up but only 15% (about 42-25) are in the areas of Arichat, West Arichat, Descousse, and nearby Louisdale, St Peter's, and Port Hawkesbury areas. You might want to contact some by phone. NS Time is ONE HOUR LATER than U.S. Eastern Time.
Some other sources of Isle Madame info are:
- www.rootsweb.com/~canns/ - NS Counties & Researchers
The general web pages for Cape Breton genealogy are:
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~nscpbret/ -
Navigate thru Cape Breton genealogy @:
- http://eagle.uccb.ns.ca/beaton/beaton.html - or
- http://eagle.uccb.ns.ca/Iona/roots.html -
St. Ninian's Cathedral Parish Office (902-863-2338; fax 902-863-6237) and the MacDonald Library at St. Francis Xavier University (St F.X.U.) in Antigonish (tel: 902-867-2242; fax: 902-867-5153) have one of the best Celtic reference collections and a special Clans collection (not sure you can have access to this all of the time). They have indexes (indices ?) going way back of all of the birth, marriage, and death announcements, by last name, that were published in the local newspaper “The Casket” (tel: 902-863-4370; fax: 902-863-1943). You can often find info this way through an obituary and later marriage information. You could search in person and then ask for a copy of the actual newspaper from the date in question. There is a small fee for copying this. However, if you are not able to do this search in the index yourself, perhaps they might have a student do the search for you and charge a fee for the service. Also, you might get help from the Antigonish Heritage Museum at (tel) 902-863-6160 or the Antigonish Highland Society at 902-863-4275.
NOTE: The Diocese of Antigonish covers all the northern mainland counties of NS, and all of Cape Breton as well. The Bishop’s office is (tel) 902-863-3335; (fax) 902-863-0037.
One site mentioned in the newspaper article below is:
Genealogy Related Links
from: - http://members.xoom.com/Lark_Victor/ -
The sites below are all PERSONAL HOME PAGES of people working on Cape Breton Genealogy. These sites are listed by the county where most of their genealogy research is centered.
River Bourgeois, Poulamon, Ile Madame: on Tom & Carla Giammo's site
Surnames: PERTU(S), DORAU/Dorey/Doré
D'Escousse, Ile Madame: on Ed Galvin's Home Page
Surnames: McDONALD, BURKE, JOSSE, BACARDAX, CORDEAU, POIRIER
D'Escousse, Ile Madame: on George Rose's site
Surnames: ROSE, LANGLOIS, PERTUS, DOYLE, LANDRY, BOUDROT (or BOUDREAU / BOUDREAUX)
Ile Madame: on Steven DeRoche's Pages
Surnames: FOUGERE, GOYETCHE, JOSSE, LANDRY, PAON
Ile Madame: on Charles Samson's Pages
Surnames: BOUDROT/BOUDREAU, FOREST, FOUGERE, LANDRY, MARCHAND, MARTEL and SAMSON
Ile Madame: on Jeanne Joyce-Stone's site
Surnames: BONIN, DAVID, JOSSE, PET(T)ITPAS, SAMSON, STONE, etc...
Ile Madame: on Tanya Poirier's Pages
Surnames: POIRIER, etc....
L'Ardoise, Gracieville, Pt.Michaud: on Lloyd MacDonald's site
Surnames: GRACIE / GRASSIE, MacDONALD
D'Escousse, Ile Madame: on Dave Pivin's site
Surnames: BONIN, BOUDREAU, CURRY, COINTE, DUNPHY, FLYNN,
GRUCHEY, JEFFREY, KAVANAGH, LANGLOIS, LATIMORE, MAJOR,
Ile Madame: on the Chapman's site
Surnames: BOUDREAU, LANDRY, MEALEY, MacKENZIE
Ile Madame and River Bourgeois: on Debra Burke's site
Surnames: BOURQUE /BURKE / BOURG
Petit de Grat, Ile Madame: on Jim Fraser's site
Surnames: FOUGERE, FRAZIER/FRASER, LANDRY, HEBERT etc....
Arichat: on T. LaVash's site
Surnames: LaVASHE (? Lavache) and many more Acadian names
Arichat: on Pierre Girouard's site
Surnames: GIROUARD and many more Acadian names
Arichat, D'Escousse, St.Peters, River Bourgeois: on Tom & Carla Giammo's site.
Surnames: BISSETT (was Bizé/Bizet), BERANGER, CONROD, LANDRY, MAGUET, McNEIL, PERTU(S), POIRIER, SAMSON, etc....
L'Ardoise and Main-ŕ-Dieu: on Patrick B. Burke's site
Surnames: BURKE and other related families
River Inhabitants and Port Hawkesbury: on Brenda Pickard's site
Surnames: HAYES, LELACHEUR, CLOAKE
Ile Madame MAILING LIST:
Isle Madame Genealogy Subscribe List (Compliments of Ed Galvin). To subscribe to this List Service send a message (with no subject) to: Ile Madame Mailing List. In the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE ILMADAME (your name). Do not put in anything else including a signature block. Extensively used by many Acadian Genealogy Researchers.
Just spotted your posting and saw an article in the Sunday Herald at the same time.
Sunday, May 28, 2000 - The Halifax Herald Limited - http://www.herald.ns.ca -
Organic tourism - Offhand suggestion results in big doings by Silver Donald Cameron
A PERSON HAS TO be careful what he says. Words sometimes have consequences. Loose lips cause trips. Last year I made a casual remark on a listserv, an Internet discussion group. As a result, visitors will flock into Isle Madame this August. And Jeanne Belford and Jeanne Joyce Stone will be utterly exhausted.
Like other Nova Scotian communities, Isle Madame has exported people for decades. The listserv consists of mainly of their descendants, people in widely-scattered parts of North America who are researching their origins in Isle Madame - exchanging information, telling stories, reporting the results of safaris into archives and overgrown cemeteries.
I joined the listserv to learn more about the Mauger family, who once lived in the lovely 19th-century house which Marjorie and I were renovating. The Maugers came from the island of Jersey, like many of Isle Madame's merchants and traders.
These particular Maugers - Philip, his son Gordon, and Gordon's widow Irene - operated the store in the hamlet of Poirierville.
We own that little store, too, right next door to the now-rejuvenated house, but it is not renovated - yet.
When our team cleaned out the house, some of Irene's effects were littered about, including 40 old photographic negatives lying helter-skelter on the floor.
The photos turned out to include shots of a corpse lying in state in the front room, photos of the house and grounds as they once were, pictures of Gordon and Irene on their wedding day, and a superb photo of Gordon with his horse and cart.
As we gutted the house, we found other remnants of the lives of former owners - ancient shoes, a shoe-tree, an 1871 Prince Edward Island penny.
I wanted to know more, so I joined the listserv operated by Ed Galvin of Syracuse University, a descendant of the Isle Madame McDonalds. (Ed's genealogy page is located at - http://web.syr.edu/~elgalvin/gen/de/) -.
I found myself in the middle of an intense conversation about Canadian history in its local form - who lived where, what they did for a living, who they married, where they went. People who had been researching their families in isolation had found one another, and the excitement they felt was almost tangible.
It was exciting for me, too. I know many of the island's families, and I know snippets of their histories. And I find their stories fascinating. I did a column on the salty, romantic story of the Pertus family, which begins in France, moves through Sierra Leone and South Carolina and ends on Ile Cascarette, which I can see from my workroom window. You could write a novel, or make a film, about the love affair of Jean Baptiste Pertus and Jeanne Doreau Bareste.
History consists of what we retain from the past, and the listserv constantly enlarged Isle Madame's history, dredging up nuggets of information and circulating them. I found myself wishing that more of the island's residents could hear these discussions.
So last August I posted a message which said, "What about trying to organize some kind of workshop or seminar next summer around this theme ? Gather together a lot of people with knowledge of the subject, put together some slides and photo displays, let people report on their research (not formal papers, just informal talks on what they've been doing) and invite the public to come and listen, and perhaps to contribute."
The idea took fire like gasoline. Jeanne Joyce Stone, of Halifax, and Jeanne Belford, of Florida, instantly seized the challenge of organizing the gathering, which soon became known as the Isle Madame Genealogy Summit 2000, to be held Aug. 14-19. The Summit has a comprehensive Web site at - http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/j.josse/Summit2000.html -.
The two Jeannes were here last week, meeting local contacts, putting up posters, looking at venues. Nearly 100 researchers have already registered, and the Jeannes expect as many as 200. The speakers include Robert Morgan of the Beaton Institute at the University College of Cape Breton, Phyllis Wagg of St. Francis Xavier and the legendary Acadian archivist, Stephen White of the Université de Moncton. (And me, too, oddly, though I'm still only an eavesdropper.)
The organizers have done a magnificent job, and the summit will be a spectacular celebration of Isle Madame's vivid history and unquenchable people - possibly the largest influx of visitors ever entertained by the island.
It is also a textbook example of the "boutique tourism" which the island's development association called for when we began doing community economic development in
One might also call this "organic tourism," which grows naturally from the character of the community, and strengthens its identity rather than distorting it.
Isle Madame needs no waterslides or wax museums. It only needs to be known for what it is, and the visitors we want will come here and love it. And they will leave us stronger and prouder for their visits.
Silver Donald Cameron lives in D'Escousse. His book The Living Beach won the 1999 Evelyn Richardson Award.
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