The Ancestry Insider: Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820

Genealogists familiar with 18th-century Louisiana research will immediately recognize the title as one of a pair of well-known databases by Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. The stature of Dr. Hall’s work may have prompted Mills’, herself a specialist in Louisiana research, to highlight this database. A Google search for the title shows the databases are freely available at www.ibiblio.org/laslave . A careful examination of the site shows that the title page has been changed. The beginning year has been changed from 1718 to 1719. The title page now reads, “Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820.” The remaining pages of the website continue to show 1718:

Could that be the cause of the missing Ancestry.com database? A catalog search on Ancestry.com for “Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy” shows the smaller database of free Afro-Louisianans is available on Ancestry.com with the new “1719” title. But the slave database is not.

A catalog search for “Slave,” filtered to the 1700s, reveals what might be the missing database. A database called “Louisiana Slave Records, 1719-1820” has the expected size and publication date. Hovering over the title shows the database was updated on the ambiguously formatted date of “2/11/2009.”

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The Ancestry Insider: Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820