Many people have asked me through the years how they can buy a copy of one of Dr. Williams’ books. The Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library have obtained copies of “Encyclopedia of Individuals and Founding Families of the Ouachita Valley of Louisiana From 1785 to 1850” part one (A -K) and part two (L – O) as well as “Spanish Poste d’Ouachita the Ouachita Valley in Colonial Louisiana 1783 – 1804, and Early American Statehood 1804 – 1820”. They are selling them but supplies are limited. Go to the Friends website here: Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library for contact info.
The second most common question I get about Dr. Williams is “Did he ever publish Founding Families of the Ouachita Valley Part Three?” No, he never did. Almost all of his papers were given to the State Archives in Baton Rouge, but the third volume working copy wasn’t found among his research (to my knowledge)*. I only saw it once, when he brought it by for us to admire back in the early 2000’s. I drooled over it! It is a great loss to area researchers. Dr. Williams was a brilliant historian.
*Edited 3/16/2021: The working copies of the third volume were found in his collection at the State Archives. The Ouachita Parish Public Library has a copy of one version and there are no plans at this time to publish.