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African American

The Louisiana culture has treated African Americans somewhat differently than the rest of the country.  While they were slaves at some point in history, the African Americans fell into the common class system earlier than the rest of the country; and you found inter-racial relations to be more publicly accepted and white counterparts more openly supporting their offspring--further validating the class ranking.

What follows are a list of resources for genealogists with African American roots in Louisiana.  A handful of them are useful for researchers with African American roots anywhere.

bullet The Black Code/Code Noir of Louisiana, March 1724
bullet Les Gens de Couleur Libres
bullet Christine's Genealogy (very generalist--not Louisiana or time-specific)




Copyright 2013: Allen D. Herring
Last updated: 2013-12-11