The term ‘Cajun” evolved from the word “Acadian.” Louisiana’s Cajuns descended from ancestors forcibly ejected by the English crown in the eighteenth century from what is now Nova Scotia. When the mostly French people who first settled the area arrived, they named the place “Acadie.” In English, “Acadia.”
Acadian history is not widely known. Please help yourself to the links at the bottom of this page.
I come from one of those rare branches of Acadian ancestry in which the namesake progenitor was not a Frenchman. Roger Caissy, an Irishman born around 1646, made his way to Acadie after escaping from the English navy in the 1660s. Around 1668, Caissy married a French-Portuguese woman by the name of Marie Francoise Poirier. The begetting began.
Two generations later, one of Caissy’s grandsons, Alexis, took his grandfather’s first name as a surname. Thus originated the Rogér line of North America.
My Acadian ancestors were dispersed to the winds by the English in the Grand Dérangement or “Great Expulsion” beginning in 1755. Many Acadians were imprisoned in Liverpool England. Others lived in destitution back in France for some time. Still other Acadians became indentured servants of English colonists on North America’s East Coast. From these three locations, a few exiled Acadians eventually arrived through various means in southern Louisiana. Pitiful bands who arrived at different times helped to establish the Cajun culture along the state’s snake-, alligator-, and mosquito-infested bayous.
One ancestor, Jean Rogér, a fourth great-grandfather, fought under General Bernardo de Galvez against the English in the War for American Independence. Oddly enough, this makes my brothers, sisters, father, all of our father’s Rogér forebearers, and also yours truly, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.
I have traced many French, Spanish, German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestors, including some as far back as two of my eleventh great-grandparents (Jean de Coligny, b. 1470 and Marie-Louise de Montmorency, b. 1480) as well as a twelfth great-grandfather (Charles d’Albiac, b. 1470).
Thank you for taking interest in my work and for spending a little time learning about the Cajuns.
Cajun History & Genealogy Links
- Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History
- German-Acadian Coast
- USGenWeb Project: Louisiana Archives
- Louisiana Genealogy
- Orleans Parish, Louisiana records
- St. James Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
- Free Louisiana Genealogy Databases
- The 7 Ships Passenger Lists (The 1785 transport of exiled Acadians from France to Louisiana)
- Lure, France records of births, deaths, marriages
- Landry records back to the fifth century! (A prominent branch of the Rogér lineage)
- Landrys of Old Acadia
- Roger/Rogers – The Caissy Family in Louisiana
- Patriot Jean Rogér