Tuesday, October 27, 2009

DIOCESE OF BATON ROUGE - Published Sacramental Records

The Department of the Archives of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is the repository of the sacramental records of the Catholic churches within the diocesan territory. Civil parishes included in the Diocese are: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupée, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.The Department has published abstracts of its holdings of sacramental records. To date Volumes 1a through 22 have been published and are available for purchase. These books contain records of baptisms, marriages and burials dating back to the early records of the Parish of St. Charles-aux-Mines, Grand Pré in Acadia (1707-1748). There are many records of the Louisiana colonial period including those of St. Francis of Pointe Coupée (1722-1769). Volumes 1a through 22 contain all extant records from throughout the diocesan territory through 1900. In each volume the abstracts are listed in alphabetical order by surname. Volume 1b is the first volume to contain records of those without surnames.



This compilation is a finding aid to help document the islands and villages from which our Canarian ancestors came.

The present work is a refinement and expansion of two earlier articles:
"Some Canary Island Locales and Their Associated Louisiana Families (Based upon Diocese of Baton Rouge's published records, volume 2)", by Paul Newfield III, published in Louisiana Genealogical Register (the quarterly of the Louisiana Historical Society), v.35, #1 (March 1988), pp.23-26, and,
"More Canary Islands Locales and Their Associated Louisiana Families (From the Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records, volumes 3 & 4)", by Paul Newfield III, published in 'L'Heritage' (the quarterly of the St. Bernard Genealogical Society), v.13, #50 (April 1990), pp.118.

The scope of this article is limited, and it should NOT be taken as a complete listing of Canarian family names. In each of my earlier articles I began with the seven major islands of the Canarian archipelago, listing their particular towns and villages. Then, using the geographic data from the published sacramental records of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, I assigned those family names to the respective islands and/or villages.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

John M. Lipski Papers

A professor of Spanish & linguistics at Pennsylvania State University, he has written several papers dealing with the Spanish influence on Louisiana. Here is some of his material:

Friday, October 9, 2009

The brig Galveztown

In 2001 the Nereo Shipyard’s Department for the Preservation of Málaga’s Maritime Heritage proposed the idea of building the brig Galveztown. The project was conceived as a means of demonstrating the unique shipbuilding skills of Astilleros Nereo of Pedregalejo, Málaga.

The reason for selecting to build a replica specifically of the brig Galveztown is driven by a desire to promote the culture of Málaga though one of the city’s most illustrious yet least known figures, even to most people in Málaga today: Don Bernardo de Gálvez, captain of the Galveztown. The story of his inspiring life deserves to be heard and preserved for future generations.


Friday, October 2, 2009

University of Notre Dame Archives

Established in 1793 as the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, it took in all the territory from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico except the territory of the Diocese of Baltimore (i.e., territory belonging to the United States). Before 1793 Louisiana had been under the juristiction of the Diocese of Santiago de Cuba, before 1762 under the authority of the Diocese of Quebec.

Chiefly papers of bishops Luis Penalver y Cardenas, 1793- 1810; Louis Guillaume-Valentin Dubourg, 1815-1826; Joseph Rosati, CM, apostolic administrator, 1827-1829; Leo Raymond de Neckere, 1829-1833; Anthony Blanc, 1835-1860; Jean Marie Odin, 1861-1870; Napoleon J. Perché, 1870- 1883; Francis X. Leray, 1883-1887; and Francis Janssens, 1888-1897.

Other correspondents include the Capuchin bishop, Cyril Antonio Sieni, better known as Bishop Cyril of Barcelona, who was the first resident bishop to have jurisdiction over Louisiana, 1784-1793; Rev. Thomas Hassett, administrator of Louisiana, 1801-1803; Father Antonio de Sedella, auxiliary vicar and pastor of the parish of St. Louis, New Orleans, who was a leader in the power disputes that plagued the new diocese in the first years of the 19th century; and Frederick Lacheze of Guadelope, West Indies (1820s & 1830s).

See http://archives.nd.edu/calendar.htm


Center Of Mlitary History and Culture is responsible for the protection, conservation, research and disclosure of historical, cultural, documentary and bibliographic documents comprising the Canary Islands.

La emigración del noroeste de Tenerife

This work covers the emigration from northwest Tenerife to America during 1750-1830 by Manuel Hernandez González. The objective is to study the migratory paterns of this region from Tenerife to America during the period. Page 62 of 1036 discusses the migration to Louisiana.

ftp://tesis.bbtk.ull.es/ccssyhum/cs163.pdf (PDF) (Spanish)

Regimiento de Infantería de Luisiana

Initially established and manned by peninsular Spanish regulars in 1765 as an infantry battalion to occupy Luisiana, acquired from France three years earlier, what would ultimately become the veteran and professional Regimiento de Infantería de Luisiana formed the core of Spain's military establishment in Louisiana and, later, in the Spanish Floridas until it faded into oblivion during the terminal period of Spain's colonial tenure in North America.

Reorganized after its arrival in North America in 1769, the battalion's detachments performed garrison duties at outposts in Spanish Louisiana as far north as Illinois. In 1779, when Spain joined France in an alliance against England during the American War for Colonial Independence, the unit was enlarged to regimental strength through the addition of a second battalion and participated with distinction in the 1779-1781 conquest of then-British West Florida under the leadership of Louisiana Governor Bernardo de Gálvez. Spain's official repossession of Florida by the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris resulted in a third battalion being added to the regiment for service in the Floridas in 1786. This seemingly impressive force was, however, a "paper tiger." It never achieved its newly authorized strength in manpower, nor did it enjoy adequate supplies of material provisions to properly maintain itself.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Association of Bernardo de Galvez

The aims of the association is research, study and dissemination of historical events on the Bernardo de Galvez and also the importance of his outstanding involvement in the fields of military, political and social issues. The aim is to recover the illustrious memory of Bernardo de Galvez and deliver it to present and future generations.

The site offers several papers and documents available for viewing and printing. (The books require Flash installed.)

(The site is in Spanish. Use the Google toolbar to translate the site into English.)