In Louisiana, they did not require births to be registered until the mid 1910’s. Even though it was required, compliance was spotty. As a matter of fact, my grandmother who was born in Rapides parish in the early 1920’s, never had a birth certificate because she was born at home!
After a birth certificate turns 100 years old, it is released to the State Archives for public access. The index is on their website. I looked for only Ouachita Parish births and it only showed me five from 1911 and 1912. I would venture to guess they are all what is called a Delayed Birth Certificate. That is when a person needs a birth certificate but doesn’t have one. They then have to prove their birth information and then register it. Here are the five listed by name, parents name and date of birth:
Blackmon, Roslyn Louise, Mother: Lillie Kornmann, Father: Edward Sylvester Blackmon, DOB: 9/20/1912
Brown, W.C. Barnes, Mother: Issie Latittia Barnes, Father: Wyley Cornelius Brown, DOB: 5/20/1911
Culpepper, Winnifred, Mother: Maud Mecom, Father: W.S. Culpepper, DOB: 7/19/1911
Moore, James Richard, Mother: Julia C. Toomes, Father: Jethro Calvin Moore, DOB: 8/3/1911
Stair, Mares Clara, Mother: Rhoda Barneycostle, Father: Charley Stair, DOB: 8/10/1911
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Female, #37077, (19 Jul 1911 – 13 Jan 2005)
Father* Walter Shelley Culpepper
Mother* Maude (?)
Birth* 19 Jul 1911 Winifred was born at Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, on 19 Jul 1911.
1930 Census 1 Apr 1930 Winifred was listed as a daughter in Walter Shelley Culpepper’s household on the 1930 Census at Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
Married Name say 1933 As of say 1933, her married name was Braswell.
Marriage* say 1933 She married Morton Reed Braswell say 1933.
Death of Spouse 30 Jun 1989 Her husband Morton Reed Braswell died on 30 Jun 1989 at Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Death* 13 Jan 2005 She died at Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, on 13 Jan 2005 at age 93
Mrs. Winifred Culpepper Braswell passed away at Willis-Knighton Medical Center on Thursday, January 13, 2005 after a brief illness. Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home on Saturday, January 15th from 12 noon until service time. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. at Forest Park Cemetery. Officiating will The Rev. Canon Jane W. B. Alexander, Canon Pastor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.
Mrs. Braswell was born July 19, 1911 in Monroe, LA and had been a resident of Shreveport since 1950. She lived at the Waterford for over 5 years and loved her family, yard and flowers.
Mrs. Braswell was preceded in death by her husband, Morton Reed Braswell, and brother, Dr. Walter Culpepper. She is survived by her three daughters, Gainor Braswell Daricek, Ann Braswell Fellers and husband, Chuck, and Carol Braswell Lang; grandchildren, Ashley Harris of Dallas, TX, Clayton Daricek of Chicago, IL, Caroline Jenkins of Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Charles West, Jr. of Shreveport, Craig N. Lang, Jr. of Menlo Park, CA, Sally Weir of Shreveport, and Shannon DeFatta of Shreveport; and five great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Grace Home, 1035 Margaret Place, Shreveport, LA 71101 or the Humane Society Northwest LA, P.O. Box 52442, Shreveport, LA 71135.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to her companion, Jeannie Thornton, SICU and ICU at Willis-Knighton Medical Center.Osborn Funeral Home
Published on January 15, 2005.
The Shreveport Times.3
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