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Re: Upper Suburbs, 1830
Posted by: Richard Lake (ID *****8414) Date: September 24, 2010 at 07:58:00
In Reply to: Re: Upper Suburbs, 1830 by Patsy Kennedy of 747

Patsy: There is a wealth of historical information on New Orleans, including old maps, surveys and such. So much so that it would be next to impossible to list all of the resources on this message board. I don't know where you live so I can't speak to local resources available to you but I would guess that your local library has at least some books on the history of the city. The city grew constantly and rapidly during the 19th century so new neighborhoods (faubourgs) were constantly being built and expanded. The city also annexed outlying settlements over the years. I'll say again that in 1830, most folks lived in or near the French Quarter. I'll add that city's population wasn't, at that time, "segregated" by class or race. Over time, ethnic neighborhoods did spring up but that is a book by itself. I don't know anything about the people you are researching so I can't give you any specific advice other than to tell you that old city directories from the period do survive so they might help. Also, old newspapers survive so they too can sometimes provide go information. New Orleans Public Library has a wealth of information and does have an online obituary/biographical index and I think it goes back quite a ways, to the 1850s, maybe earlier. I would have to check to be sure. If you want a link, just advise. Rick


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