Acadian-Cajun Genealogy & History

Acadian-Cajun Genealogy: Step by Step

Chapter 4: RESEARCH: 1810 to 1920
     "Why select the years '1810 to 1920'
                 There are two things that characterize this period: U.S. censuses and church
                 records. Censuses were done every ten years. This period includes all of the U.S.
                 censuses. Also, many of the Catholic church records from this period have been
                 published, eliminating the need to travel from church to church to find records."
                 . . . . . . p.39 Acadian-Cajun Genealogy: Step by Step

Now we have some good materials to consult at the library. I've included some of the best sources for Acadian-Cajun genealogy. Besides the books, the genealogical periodicals have tons of information.

  • Church Records

  •     Many church records have been printed in books and periodicals**. Some of these are:
             Selected Acadian and Louisiana Church Records, 2 volumes (George Bodin)
             Southwest Louisiana Records, 36 vol. (Rev. Donald Hebert) ... covers western Acadiana
             Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, 13 volumes
             South Louisiana Records, 12 vol. (Rev. Donald Hebert) ... covers the eastern part of Acadiana
             South Louisiana Vital Records, 5 volumes (Terrebonne Genealogical Society)
             Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records, 4 volumes
             More details  on these books are available at the LA GenWeb site for Terrebonne Parish.
  • Censuses

  •      Some are printed in books and/or periodicals. Indices are in print for the entire Louisiana census for the years: 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870. Individual parishes have various census printed in book and/or periodical form. The published census books are listed in the appendix of the book. The censuses  found in genealogical periodicals are listed in the Acadian-Cajun Genealogical Periodical Article Index.  Actually, the book's author has placed the listing of censuses online.
    • Soundex Codes for South Louisiana Surnames
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogical Books and Periodicals
  • Courthouse
  • Military Records
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