Unlock the Power of Your Family Tree: An Acadian’s Inspiring Journey

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In this insightful and educational YouTube video, Family Historian Brian Nash sist down with Marc Bastarache, an 11th generation Acadian, to learn about how learning his family history shaped his worldview. Marc’s ancestors have a fascinating history, having been originally from outside Port Royal in Acadie (modern day Nova Scotia) before being deported to South Carolina. Despite this, they managed to escape and embark on a journey that saw them walk to Lake Ontario, get captured by the Hurons, and eventually escape and travel by canoe to be reunited with their families in refugee camps.

The Acadians have a rich and diverse cultural heritage, with roots that can be traced back to 17th century France. Over time, the Acadians have developed their own unique language, music, and traditions, which have been passed down through generations. They have a deep connection to the land and their communities, and their culture has been shaped by their experiences as a displaced people.

Through his own research, Marc rediscovered this distinct Acadian unique culture and gained a deeper understanding of his own heritage. In this video, he shares how his story and that of his Ancestors are intertwined and how the knowledge of your family history can impact your whole perspective on life while providing a valuable and personal insight into the past.

Whether you’re an Acadian, or simply interested in genealogy and history, this video is sure to be both informative and entertaining. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the power of knowing your family history, the rich cultural heritage of the Acadians, and how it can shape your worldview.

As a Genealogist Brian focuses on the people, places, and events that make up the people’s family stories.   

Brian is a Genealogist who started working on his own family tree over 30 years ago and has been able to trace one family line back to as early as 950 AD.

Brian traces his own family from Scotland and Ireland to the New World where they wound up in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in the 18th and 19th Century in some cases fleeing their homelands due to the Highland Clearances in Scotland or the Potato Blight in Ireland in others taking their Expertise and Coal Miners from Scotland to Cape Breton or their Mercantile and Manufacturing Skills from Ireland to the streets of Halifax

Brian has been a member of; The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, The Scottish Genealogical Society, and the Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society. 

Brian currently resides in Prince Edward Island Canada with his family.  

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