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Re: hymel/raphael family,st james parish,louisiana

First of all, did you send for a copy of the death cert? If she died in 1963, you can order a copy through the State (New Orleans) or through any one of the satellite offices throughout Louisiana (recommended). Check the State Web Site for locations and addresses.

The Baton Rouge Archdiocese also has christening, marriage and death records. Older christening records often contained both the maternal and paternal grandparents - as well as the 'sponsers' and their relationship, if any, to the baptised. Truly a gold mine, if you're lucky. Don't just settle for the indexed record appearing the the pubs. Send for the actual record, if possible. You may be surprised (and rewarded with more info than you'd hoped).

Have you found your Felecia Hymel in any census records [with husband, with parent(s)]? Did you find more than one 'Felecia Hymel' listed? Perhaps one in 1875 (1880 Census) and another in 1895 (1900 Census)? Could they be related, instead of the same person?

There are many Hymels in Louisiana. Don't ignore the common practice of naming children after relatives. Felicie, Felicia or Mary/Marie Felicia were popular names in the region as well, which further complicates the search. Check other sources (vital records, census, church, court, succession (probate)) in order to narrow the possibilities.

As you check the census records, don't forget to look in neighboring parishes (Lafourche, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Orleans, Jefferson). [You can check the 1880 census online. There are also some online census records for LA on rootsweb.]

Hope this helps.

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