How ’bout that, Louisiana

Here are a list of surnames found in the latest edition of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society Library’s Genealogy News. I just loved this newsletter:

Some of the surnames of Lebanese-Syrian pioneers who settled in southwest Louisiana include:

Also in this newsletter was this interesting tidbit of history:

“…The contributions of the Lebanese-Syrian families and their descendants are innumerable. Everyone is aware of Dr. Michael DeBakey’s many accomplishments. Before completing medical school he invented a pump that was crucial to the development of the iron lung and later to the development of the heart pump. He was also instrumental in creating the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center System and Research program…”

The Louisiana Surnames – Louisiana Researchers list is quickly filling up page 4.

From my mailbag is one of the most easily read websites I’ve visited. This article concerns the genealogy of a family who fought in Louisiana during the Civil War. The overall general construction of this page, was so easily read and enjoyed I must recommend it. This website is located in Broken Bow, Nebraska. “If graves could talk, the history we could learn”, by By ELLEN MORTENSEN, August 26, 2009.

“…Joseph returned to his regiment and was promoted to Lieutenant. During the Red River campaign in Louisiana, he fought at Fort deRussy and at Pleasant Hill, where almost two years to the day of the battle of Shiloh, he was killed in action. His body was never recovered, and is believed to be buried in an unmarked grave….” Joseph A. Shanklin

Just in case you missed it, the APG reported back in August that the Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index has been updated and is online.

The Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index Now Online

The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Public Library
are proud to announce that the entire Louisiana Biography and Obituary
Index, a compilation of approximately 600,000 citations dating back to
1804, is now available as an online database. The electronic index is
the culmination of an eight-year endeavor undertaken by The
Collection and NOPL at the behest of the late Suzanne Levy Ormand,
former chair of the library board, and Mary Lou Christovich, chairman
of the board of directors of the Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation.
The Obit Index originated in the 1930s as a project of the Works
Progress Administration’s Historical Records Survey. After the WPA
ceased operation, the City Archives Department assumed responsibility
for maintenance of the index. In 1946 the department was transferred
by ordinance to the New Orleans Public Library. The index inherited by
NOPL was far from comprehensive. It focused almost exclusively on
prominent citizens and rarely included feature stories or other
biographical references. When NOPL accepted stewardship of the Obit
Index, it embarked on a mission to broaden and improve the resource.
The Collection joined in the effort by supplying the staff, computers,
and technological expertise needed to facilitate the digitization of
this invaluable resource. Now researchers can easily search the
thousands of entries, each comprising the name of a deceased
individual along with publication information—title, date, page
number, and column number—for death notices published in New Orleans
newspapers, which are available on microfilm at both The Collection
and NOPL. The electronic database also includes biographical sketches
and narrative obituaries in many cases. To be sure, the index remains
a work in progress. Occasional gaps exist where data from a specific
run of a newspaper was never entered. Yet the index remains remarkably
comprehensive. It is safe to say that no other resource provides more
convenient access to information about the residents of New Orleans
over the last two centuries—from the famous to the infamous to the

To access the Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index, and to view a
list of the newspapers and other publications referenced, visit .

This archived photo reveals “…Copies of the genealogical records of 2600 members of the Louisiana State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution were presented in December to Thomas Jaques, director of the State Library of Louisiana…”

Today’s timeline covered information from the American Revolution, the Civil War, the early 1900’s, and a photo from 1975. That’s a heckuva lotta history.

I also enjoyed reading about the Guidry family reunion and of course, I loved reading, “Man Smashes Through Brickwall in Louisiana!”, by Craig Manson


About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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