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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 . 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 database? A catalog search on for “Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy” shows the smaller database of free Afro-Louisianans is available on 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


Currently I'm researching my Barrett and Barker families in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida. Other surnames in my family tree include Link, Gervais, Blake, Henry, Levy and Turnbull (yes, that Turnbull).

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