Genealogy teaches you to know where you have come from and how you have evolved through the years. It gives you a sense of roots and belonging in a world that is filled with uncertainty. La Société Saint-Pierre Genealogy Department with the dedicated, painstaking
research of Father Charles Aucoin et al, has been an unparalleled gift to the people of Acadian descent in Chéticamp and adjoining communities. To collect data and names of the ancestors of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., preceding the settlement of Chéticamp in 1782 is a feat of insurmountable proportions. Les Trois Pignons houses the library of Acadian history and is one of the finest in Canada. Through vital statistics, parish records, land deeds and merchant dealings, the genealogy of the Chéticamp Acadians can be traced to generations before the village's foundation in 1785. The AuCoin family records date to c.1632 to the village of La Rochelle in France, the name meaning a fortified city.
According to updated research, brothers by the name of John Chiasson and Paul Chiasson predated the coming of Pierre Bois and Joseph Richard, also known as Matinal, in 1782. There is still Bois blood in Cheticamp since his daughter remained and married in Cheticamp.
Richard returned to Montreal but his two sisters remained and married in Cheticamp.
The two Chiasson brothers, John and Paul were married to two Boudreau sisters. They came to Cheticamp before 1782 and John's death is recorded in Petit Etang in 1809. However, he had two sons who traveled to Louisiana from Belle Côte and later returned. Paul was captured in the Mac Kenzie raids of 1759 and brought to the Halifax garrison . Paul next shows up in Miquelon with his wife, three children, father and mother. According to this research, the Chiasson family is the oldest in Cheticamp.
Fourteen original settlers, often referred to as "Les quatorze vieux", are believed to be the founders of the village. They petitioned for land in 1790. With the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755 and their wandering in search of a living for their families and themselves there is a whistling void since the Acadians answered to no authority, being migrants. After the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and the ending of hostilities between England and France, the Acadians began to return from exile. In a letter dated 1785, the Gov. of P.E.I. recommended granting of land to the industrious Acadians, to the Gov. of Cape Breton. All lands in P.E.I. were owned by absentee land owners from England and as a result no land titles could be given. At this time many of the Boudreau family were living in P.E.I. around Montague, to the east of the island.
From its inception La Société Saint-Pierre has worked diligently to preserve the genealogical history of the Acadian families, for it believes that you must know your past history in order to make a mark on the present and to project yourself into the future. Although the history of The Expulsion of The Acadians is full of anguish, sadness and family separation it is also a rich legacy of the will to live, flourish and maintain your faith. It is this grand interplay of knowing your people's past that has made such a profound contribution to Cheticamp. Les Trois Pignons has become the heart of the village, pumping new blood into the Acadian lifestyle which will echo for generations. Genealogy is a thumbprint of the totality of who you are and where you came from. It is a treasure from the ages and La Société Saint-Pierre continues to interpret the lives of the past for the future.