Tips from the Pros: Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

from George G. Morgan 

One of the most impressive collections of online African American genealogical materials can be found at the Afro-Louisiana History and genealogy website. The database, created by Dr. Gwendolyn Hall, a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, consists of a vast collection of materials discovered in 1984 in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Included are documents delineating the background of approximately 100,000 slaves brought to Louisiana during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The database is searchable by name, gender, racial designation, and plantation or origin, and will be invaluable to many African-ancestored researchers. You can find this site at www.ibiblio.org/laslave.

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  1. I must agree. Dr. Hall and her assistants did a fantastic job when they compiled the information in this database. She has two databases, one of enslaved people and one of free people of color.
    Anyone interested in the early enslavement of Native Americans should enter the words: Indian, savage, sauvage, sauvagesse (French for savage) or the name of the tribe.

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