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Dear Readers,

Louisiana Genealogy Blogs - Help create links to other genealogy blogs in Louisiana! If you have a Louisiana genealogy blog, please send me a link. You can find links to other genealogy blogs from a variety of sources below this blog. There are links to news stories about genealogy in Louisiana (when that Google thing works - tx Google!) and genealogy tags from Word Press, Louisiana posts from Cousin Connect, and posts from the genealogy community at Live Journal. You may also find other networking websites linking here interested in genealogy and a whole slew of other genealogy blogs. Most of the Louisiana Parishes RootsWeb mailing lists are found linked to the left. I have found these to be the most helpful. Maybe, you will, too.

Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you. Feel free to post to the forum or the Louisiana Surname - Louisiana Researchers list and if you're feeling rather adventurous, you can join the Yahoo!Group, too. I try to update the surname list on a monthly basis. You can read the entire four and one half pages of the Louisiana Surnames Louisiana Researchers list here. And if that is giving you trouble (it does sometimes), go here.

I would like to encourage other Louisiana genealogy bloggers to copy the profile I created from Blogger. It assists others in finding you in every parish in Louisiana! There are useful social tools like Add This at the bottom of the blog.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sweet Olive RESCUE

From the Louisiana Graveyard Rabbit
"..Sweet Olive RESCUE on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We're looking for volunteers for a large-scale cleanup of the cemetery that will include weed removal, painting and general maintenance of the historic site.

The cleanup will give volunteers the opportunity to make an immediate impact.

Supplies and lunch will be provided. If you're interested, you can contact me at BridgeCommunicationsLSU@gmail.com to sign up."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Death in the family

Sad to report a death in the family.......blog later.....when I'm up to it.

Blog Action Day 2010 Water

Water in Louisiana:  The good, the bad and the ugly.
Don't get me started about levees in Louisiana.......and how these have had an impact on Louisiana families, but Geneabloggers has prompted me to participate in Blog Action Day 2010.You can read my Google doc concerning water impact in the New Orleans Historical district. And do not forget that Louisiana was the last state in the Union to complete a water policy or that its water offices were previously held within the Oil Spill Office under the Governor. Oil and water don't mix do they? Now.....

If I go into very very early Louisiana history and geography you will find that a great deal of Northwestern Louisiana was at one time underwater.  According to Louisiana archeologists and geologists remains have been found of a certain water creature or whale that was also known to be located in Egypt. Curious, isn't it?

Basilosaurus cetoides (Owen) is one of the most
common of the primitive whales found in exposures
of Middle to Upper Eocene, 35 to 40 million-yearold
marine sediments within central Louisiana,
Alabama, Mississippi, and Egypt. It had a streamlined
body that averaged 45 to 70 feet (14 to 21 meters) in
length. Its body looked more like a mythical sea
serpent instead of a modern whale. It had a wedgedshaped,
5-foot-long head. Its jaws had frontal,
cone-shaped teeth that caught and held prey, and
rear, triangular-shape teeth for slicing up the prey.
During the time that Basilosaurus cetoides lived,
Louisiana was almost entirely covered by the Gulf of

This document shared from my Google docs will help you understand when and where portions of Louisiana were underwater in our ancient history. (This brings new meaning and thought to the saying, "I'm in the middle of bum *bleep* Egypt, Louisiana.", but I digress...) Read more about 46 million year old marine fossils in Louisiana here. Poverty Point video - people of the Mississippi Delta 1800 B.C. See the world as pangea.

This jpg demonstrates the shallow seas that once covered Louisiana.

One of the earliest digs found in Louisiana is the Watson Brake mound. It is located in the floodplain of the Ouachita River. It is 5400 B.P. (Before Present) or SW of Monroe, LA 3300 B.C. and is touted as one of the oldest mounds in the United States. See also Louisiana Folklife for related information.

Excavations of the Troyville site located near Jonesville, Louisiana have unearthed these relics that may have held water.

The Louisiana Archeological Society has posted newsletters with great historical data. You may find them at their website http://www.laarchaeology.org/

You may view more of Louisiana cultural resources on a nice map here.

This also piqued my interest.
St. Anthony's Garden is the name given to the green space located behind New Orleans' iconic St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter - "The Roots of Creole New Orleans: Archaeological Investigations at St. Louis Cathedral and Ursuline Convent"

Holy water still may be in short supply in the colonial period.

Most Devastating Flood—
The 1927 Flood

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 affected the entire
Mississippi alluvial valley. It was one of the most destructive
floods in American history. The flood started with unprecedented
rain falling over the entire Mississippi alluvial valley in
the summer 1926, lasting about a year. On the lower river, the
flooding began at Memphis, Tennessee, in the fall of 1926. It
lasted until August 1927. At Red River Landing, the flood lasted
135 days and reached a crest of 60.9 feet (21.2 meters). The
river’s flow was measured at 1,520 ft3/sec (43 m3/sec). The flood
destroyed artificial levees along the Mississippi River in 160
breaches. It inundated more than 165 million acres (66.8 ha).
Two hundred and forty five people died, 600,000 were homeless,
and damage was at least $230 million (in 1927 dollars).
Since the 1927 flood, there have been 16 major floods along the
Mississippi. Of these, the 1973, 1983, and 1993 floods were the
most damaging. 

Read more here.

History repeats itself unmercifully......

I had an Aunt that lived in New Orleans in the 1980's.  I used to watch her boil her water to make it safe to cook with and drink. I didn't really know why she had to do that until later.  I haven't been to Slidell, Louisiana in quite some time.  Does the water there STILL smell bad?

Meetings: Algiers Historical Society - West Bank Genealogical Society

From my Louisiana mailbag:

Algiers Historical Society Meeting

Our October meeting is tomorrow,  Sat, Oct.16th, 10 a.m. at  the Carriage House behind the Algiers Courthouse.

Howard MARGOT, of the Historic New Orleans Collection, will give a presentation on the soon-to-
be-released on-line, key-word-searchable version of the Vieux-Carré Survey, which documents (legally,
 photographically, architecturally) every lot and every structure in the French Quarter. Many of the images (e.g.,
 Notarial Archives Plan Book Plans) depict architectural types like Creole Cottage, Shotgun, etc. that can be found in Algiers from the same periods.

Hope to see you there.

Next month, Nov.20th - Wendy and Kevin will give a presentation on our 2009 trip to “Acadia” (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
 and Prince Edward Island, Canada), in search of her BLANCHARD Cajun ancestors. Not to be missed! Aiyeee,

 Please watch Amy’s Thursday column in the ‘Times-Picayune’ for any changes in details.


  The 2010 Algiers Point Tour of Homes   The Algiers Point Association’s 37th annual Home Tour will take place Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th, from 11am to 5pm each day.  One of New Orleans’ most beautiful and historic neighborhoods – and, at 12 feet above sea level, one of its safest – Algiers Point’s wonderful homes are showcased in this annual event.  This year’s tour will showcase seven distinctive homes with a range of architectural and renovation styles as well as three churches.  In different ways, the homes – and their owners – represent the unique character of this beautiful neighborhood. They are all within an easy walk – one to five blocks – of the Algiers Ferry Landing, making it particularly easy for visitors to join us by coming across on the Canal Street Ferry. Each home will be staffed by volunteers who can answer questions about the neighborhood and about the home.  A map will be included in the brochure received at registration. Take the bridge or the Canal Street Ferry, a fantastic five-minute ride from downtown and the French Quarter, which runs until midnight every night.  The ferry departs the East Bank at 15 and 45 minutes after each hour, and the West Bank on the hour and half hour. Tour tickets are $12 per day in advance, $15 on the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (504) 361-0736, by mailing checks payable to “Algiers Point Association” to Steve Summers, 235 Olivier Street, New Orleans, LA 70114, at the Whitney Bank on 501 Verret Street, at Vine & Dine on 141 Delaronde, at Aunt Leni’s on 323 Verret Street, and at Tout de Suite on 347 Verret Street or by visiting www.algierspoint.org <http://www.algierspoint.org/> . During the tour, tickets can be purchased at the registration table in front of the Algiers Courthouse on 225 Morgan Street. Proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations and efforts in Algiers Point to promote tourism and to improve the quality of life in Algiers Point. For more information, please call the tour Chairperson, Nathalie Bastin at 504-361-0736 or nati1965@yahoo.com


Algiers Historical Society

Kevin Herridge, President

Amy Hubbell, Past President

Frank Wagner, Vice President/Secretary

Russ Van Dyke, Treasurer
235 Lavergne St.
New Orleans, LA  70114

(504) 227-8249

From the West Bank:
WBGS Membership Meeting
Saturday October 16, 2010
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Westwego Library, 635 4th Street, Westwego, LA

Our annual "Order of the Good Times" Bring a dish that your ancestor would have brought as the host of the Good Times along with a tale as to how he/she obtained it.
If you do not wish to participate, come for the fun and eats.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Oh boy..... Randy opened up a topic that will leave you guessing.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  A Facebook meme for women went viral this week - the "I Like It" meme which garnered responses like "I Like It ... On the Couch" or "I Like it ... on the Table."  The subject was "purse" - where to put their purse.  The mind boggled for awhile with some of the responses from supposedly proper genealogy ladies.

2)  Please write an "I Like To Do It" post where "It" = "genealogy research" someplace and why.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment or note on Facebook.

I like to do it in the library. I like to do it in the cemetery.  I just like to do it!
Why?  Because the library has more access to genealogy archives both on line and on its shelves - microfilm local papers, etc.  I like to do it in the cemetery, because this is where I sleuth out local history.

More about the me me.
"I Like It On" Huffington Post

Monday, October 4, 2010

Missing Air Crew Reports

In attempting to research further all of the unknowns from my prior posting, emails were sent to parish libraries and a Sheriffs office with requests of information available in 1946.  Needless to say, the library responded in kind giving me the information that is currently online concerning First Cemetery in Cameron Parish. (I knew that already. I wanted to know if microfilm was available from local newspapers or other sources of information. I got bupkiss via email.)  The Sheriff's office email was returned.  I am not deterred. I suppose I expected something of a small response from someone, even if it was, "We don't keep records from 1946."  or "Are you kidding me?" The coroners office of the parish in question (either Cameron or Calcasieu)  does not have an email address either.  In satisfying myself I'm making a long distance phone call fairly soon... as it is definitely in order.

The MACRs or Missing Air Crew Report documentation is over 137 pages long. The NARA website is quite time consuming in performing a simple search of just the term MIA.  The MACRs have specific information necessary in order to complete a reqest. I'm going to  have to read and review the documentation completely.

I have no name of the alleged or purported MIA.
I have no aircraft tail number of the unknown MIA.
I have a general location and vacinity. The Gulf of Mexico.
I have a general location and cemetery.
I have a specific Sheriff's office or coroners report- Cameron Parish.
(If there are records and they have been kept from 1946)
I may or may not have DNA.

For those of you with a Footnote subscription:

"Gulf of Mexico" 946 records
"Gulf of Mexico" & "Louisiana" 60 records
"Gulf of Mexico" & "Texas" 12 records
"Gulf of Mexico" & "Florida" 83 records
"Gulf of Mexico" & "Mississippi" 19 records
"Gulf of Mexico" & "Alabama" 47 records

Search for records dated and prior to 1946.


U-Boats in The Gulf of Mexico? That is recent history. Was this an Allied plane that was shot down in The Gulf of Mexico?

See also URLs http://www.uboat.net/maps/us_east_coast.htm .

All of these questions led me on an internet chase from Washington D.C.'s NARA to Panama. It was a hopeful find that NOAA is charting debris fields along the Louisiana coast, however, upon reviewing the mapping system, it is useless in finding or identifying the possible wreckage of a pre-1946 aircraft.  There is another website that at least identifies fauna and flora of The Gulf of Mexico, which I have to admit, is prettier to look at than ordinary hurricane debris. 

Ok, so I don't even really know for sure if the unknown person was in the military.  So let's look at the odds of the pilot in question being a civilian in or near The Gulf of Mexico, flying a personal aircraft.......in 1946.   And now let's look at the number of persons in the military during World War II and the number of missing pilots from World War II.  If your a statistician and you have that data readily available, I welcome a response.  I think the odds are higher that this unknown pilot was in the military.

From the URL  http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/missing-air-crew-reports.html  I would need the following information in order to obtain more information.  I need to fill in at least one blank.

Blindly searching for downed aircraft prior to 1946 is entirely useless w/the exception of the two reports from both Florida and Texas of planes downed in or near the Gulf of Mexico prior to 1946 where bodies were not recovered already.

Can the plane be identified/dated from the surviving equipment found on the skeletal remains?
Can the unknown person be identified from a listing of sorts of MARCs w/ planes downed in the vacinity of the Gulf of Mexico?
 Is there DNA?

I probably shouldn't ask, but here is everything else I cannot possibly know from NARA.

What's in these records?

Typically a MACR gives some or all of the following kinds of information about each crew member: More

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Service number
  • Crew position
  • name and address of next of kin
The report also usually indicates the following:
  • Army Air Forces organization to which the aircraft was assigned
  • Place of departure and destination of the flight plan
  • Weather conditions and visibility at the time of loss
  • Cause of crash
  • Type, model, and serial number of the aircraft and its engines
  • Kinds of weapons installed and their serial numbers
Some case files include the names of persons with some knowledge of the aircraft's last flight. In some cases these are rescued or returned crew members. Most reports do not contain all of the above information, especially those prepared in 1943 and in 1947.

Ordering Copies

Do you know the MACR number?


You already have enough information to order a copy.

  • Go to the online Microfilm Catalog.
  • Search for M1380.
  • Click on "View Important Publication Details" next to the PDF image to view the microfilm roll lists to find which roll contains your MACR number.
    (You can also view the M1380 descriptive pamphlet here.)
  • Place your order.


We may be able to find the number for you.
  • Give us as much information as you have. Most important is:

    • Date of loss of the aircraft
    • Tail number of lost aircraft
    • Personal name of the crew member

  • Use Find & Request to send your reference request
Your Find & Request path is:
Military Service Records
     bullet Army Air Forces & Army
          bulletMissing Air Crew Reports (1942–1947)
               bulletPaper records
February 21, 2014 - UPDATE - URL: Joseph F. Baugher, http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1941_5.html 41-34998/35172 Martin B-26C-20-MO Marauder 35118 lost 7/24/1944 while on routine training flight over Gulf of Mexico from Lake Charles, LA AAF base. Plane never found and all 6 crew declared dead.

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