Many thanks for your reply and the wonderful France geography information. As you can see, I am terribly unfamiliar with the way France was and is broken up ... all I know is that they were referred to as Provinces. As well, this information is very useful for further investigating within France - I do appreciate you taking the time to outline it so well for me (this info is a keeper; I will save it to a Word file).
Also, this would be very kind of you to request a move of my initial query to the Acadian-Cajun board; as you say, someone on this discussion board may have an answer for me.
As I think I mentioned, I am doing this genealogical research for an Acadian friend of mine, Louis Robichaud, who is from Shippagan, Gloucester County, New Brunswick and now lives in Pickering, Ontario. Both of his parents were Robichauds; his father's name was Edmond and he had a brother, Denis, and a sister, Ella (there could be more children but I'm unaware of their names) but unfortunately Edmond abandonned his family when Louis was a young boy and Louis doesn't know the paternal side of his family at all ... so, needless to say, I am grasping at straws trying to find just Edmond's parents let alone any of his further ancestors. It would be interesting to see when the two lineages connect.
So if anyone out there knows any information on Edmond Robichaud, I would be very grateful if they would reply. Here is the only information I have on him:
Born: abt 1935
Died: 2000 (at age 65 years)
Married: Jennine Robichaud on 9 Jul 1956 in St. Isadore, Gloucester County, New Brunswick (source: PANB - Marriages)
Siblings: Ella and Denis
So thank you again. I hope you had a blessed Christmas, as I did ... and best wishes for the New Year 2008.
Whitby, Ontario Canadaverdun1950@rogers.com
P.S. No, I have not consulted Stephen White's "Dictionnaire des Familles Acadiennes". I have read many references to it but I have not seen a copy and I doubt I would find one in our local library although, the Toronto Metro Library would most likely have a copy. Next time I'm in the city, I will go to the library and check it out.