A milestone was celebrated at the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos recently when the 100,000th name was added to the genealogy database of the Centre de recherche père Clarence d’Entremont (Father Clarence d’Entremont research centre), which is part of the Acadian museum facility in West Pubnico.
Sylvie Élodie d'Eon was the 100,000th name in the genealogy database and her brother Rémi Oliver d'Eon was the 100,001st name to be added. Sylvie Élodie and Rémi Oliver are the children of Riel Vincent d'Eon and Ginette Danielle Levesque of Lower West Pubnico.
On the day of the milestone, the genealogy team of Pauline d’Entremont, Christina Crowell and Coral d’Entremont talked about the genealogy database and showed the audience how to add a name to the database.
Pauline d’Entremont recalls in 2004 having 15,000 names in the genealogy database.
“Now in 2018, with the help of volunteers, we manage a genealogy database which includes over 100,000 family names linked,” said a media release from the Musée. “We also print individual family genealogy booklets priced per number of pages. We have and continue to do research on the Métis status of individuals upon request. We are recognized as an official provider of the individual certified status document, and much more.
Housed in the museum annex, the research centre has an extensive collection of Acadian historical and genealogical documents, including over 6,000 publications, with information dating back to the 17th century, as well as microfilms, maps, photographs, Le Petit Courrier and many other documents.
“We have been told, on many occasions,” the release said, “that the historical value of two of our collections, namely the collections of the historians Father Clarence d’Entremont (1909-1998) and H. Leander d’Entremont (1862-1944) is compared to none ... The d’Entremonts’ collections are said to be the biggest private collections on Acadian History.”
Renovations and an addition, including a vault and climate-controlled storage, allowed West Pubnico’s Acadian historical society to enhance and enlarge their facility’s archival storage space, enabling them to house their archival documents and artifacts in their own buildings.
The mission and mandate of West Pubnico’s Acadian historical society are to preserve and exhibit the wealth of historical and cultural information in their facility for the benefit of all community members, researchers and friends.