May 29, 2022

New Orleans Archdiocese Publishes Online Baptism, Marriage Records of Slaves

From an Article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

The Archdiocese of New Orleans says it will unveil Tuesday a new online database containing records of baptisms, marriages and deaths in colonial New Orleans — including those of African slaves, who until now have been nearly invisible to genealogical research.

‘This is a cache of records unlike any other,’ said Emily Clark, a Tulane University historian of early New Orleans who, as a credentialed scholar, has made extensive use of the church records stored at the old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter, above.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond and archivist Emilie Leumas [announced] Tuesday that the French and Spanish records, set down in florid script and dating from the founding of New Orleans in 1718, are moving online and will be available to anyone, anywhere.

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