Truth be told [and we should always know the whole story ;o)] when Stephen White's great grandfather migrated to Massachusetts he left Cape Breton in need of work.Massachusetts was predominantly Yankee/English and the french could find no work.Many changed their names in order to find work so they could support their families.LeBlancs became Whites, Aucoin became Wedge, Poirier Perry and so on.
Stephen White has not practiced law the thirty years he has been at the Centre d'etudes acadiennes so I don't believe hequalifies himself as a lawyer anymore.
There is no one who has contributed more to Acadian Genealogy than Stephen White who was tapped to be the Resident Genealogist at Moncton University some thirty years ago.At the time he had a career as a corporate lawyer in Boston, Ma.It seems to me that having been tapped some 30 years ago even then spoke of his great capabilities as a researcher.He had been doing research as a young man.He is recognized the world over as *the* Acadian genealogist at this time in our history.
As for Daniel LeBlanc descending from Alphonse and Rene that is truly incorrect information.Records were not lost because of any religious wars - rather they were destroyed by the British while they were deporting all of our Ancestors from Acadia/Nova Scotia or they were lost by Acadians burying them who had been told they would soon return to their lands.
Back to Alphonse:Stephen White for one, tried to prove that connection from Daniel to Alphonse - it turns out that the family in question was a totally different De Blanc family and no connection whatsoever has been possible to establish.
I hope this clarifies this situation for everyone.When and if ever a connection is made to Daniel LeBlancs origins, Stephen White will be the first to let us know, after all, is he not a LeBlanc cousin?
Lucie LeBlanc Consentino Acadian Ancestral Home www.acadian-home.org