Some Ouachita Parish History sites

I have recently found a great blog on WordPress, where the author has posted items from her personal family history collection:
https://okellyfamily.wordpress.com/

The O’Kelly family has deep roots in Ouachita Parish. There are some great transcriptions of family letters as well as some family photos concerning the O’Kelly family as well as some interesting historical information. Of particular interest are the O’Kelly home articles. The home is probably the oldest in Ouachita Parish, dating back to the 1790’s. It was moved to Horseshoe Lake Road in 1971 where it still stands!

Are you interested in early newspapers from around the country? The Ouachita Parish public library now offers access to newspapers going back to the early 19th century from all over the south. Of particular interest is the fact that they have the Ouachita Register, the Ouachita Telegraph and the News-Star for Monroe! Go here:
http://www.oplib.org/departments/genealogy.php to read all about it! Also on this page are some free links to genealogy resources.

One of the links goes to familysearch.org. Familysearch has the largest free database of genealogy and history resources available to researchers. One of my favorites is the database of digitized Freedmen’s Bureau records from the Monroe office right after the civil war. Some information from Louisiana death certificates has also been transcribed. Do you have a convict Louisiana ancestor? The state prison records have been digitized here too! It would take a while to list everything on there, so go and find out on your own!

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