The French who settled Canada in the 17th century also established colonies elsewhere in North America, one being in Louisiana. In the mid-1700s many French settlers, known as Acadians, were expelled from Canada by British forces, as the British had taken Canada in the Seven Year War/French and Indian War. These Acadian settlers went south to the former French colony of Louisiana. Today they are known as Cajuns and have a rich culture and presence in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Your Surnames of LeNorman and Norman both appear on a list of Acadian surnames.
Can you give us an approximate birth year and place (state or country) for Jean JG Normand or LeNorman and which parish in Louisiana they lived in? The surname Normand is very common in Louisiana.
I believe the connection to my family was in Louisiana in the early 1700's. The names were both Gaspard and Normand or LeNormand. Unfortunately, when I found the records of slaves, I was unable to save it due to poor computer internet coupled with a printer problem. Now, I can't find these records again. Shoot.
One showed a relative owing 10 slaves and another showed a widow with two mulatto children in her home.
I have read a lot since then about the migration to Louisiana from Canada.
Hopeful that hints keep coming and I can save out these findings next time.
Dear Ms. Howe,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1790 Census, Population Schedules for the 1800 Census, Population Schedules for the 1810 Census, Population Schedules for the 1820 Census, Population Schedules for the 1830 Census, Population Schedules for the 1840 Census, Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain records of the Jean Gaspard Normand/Le Norman family in Louisiana. The 1850 and 1860 census years have separate slave schedules while the previous censuses had columns enumerating both free whites and slaves. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires. Even though the census before 1850 only listed the head of the household by name, and the rest of the family members by sex & age, you can often use that information to infer the individual’s relationship. See NARA’s Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840 for more information.
You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
For information about your ancestors while they were in Canada, we suggest you contact the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4, Canada. And while they were in France, we suggest you contact the National Archives of France (Archives Nationales), 59 rue Guynemer, 93380 Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, France. The web site is http://www.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr/en/web/guest.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Very helpful. I need to understand how to access the National Archives Catalog through these links. It just seemed to open up other links and not the census itself. I am a newbie to these sites so maybe when I can tinker more it will make sense. Thanks again.