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Re: Help locating Raphaels of St. James parish, LA

What do you need help with? Where do you want to locate them and in what timeframe?

1930 is the latest census available for public viewing. [No 1940 population census yet.]

There are several types of records commonly used for researching the years AFTER 1930: Cemetery, Obituary, Death, Social Security (SSA and SSDI), Land, Succession (Probate), City Directories, Histories, Marriage, Christening and Birth records - to name a few.

Death records are 'private' for the first 50 years after the death, but the sisters could still be alive and well (in their 80's).

Obituaries (of family members) would be another possibility. Along with obits, attempt to order death records for known ancestors.

Marriage records are also key here, if indeed they married. You have to know their surname(s), and the names of their husbands. If they were born in the 1920's, they could have married in the early to late 1940's or early 1950's. To make it more complicated, they could have married in another parish - or in the city (New Orleans).

These later marriage records have not been published in book form, to my knowledge. You will have to order the microfilmed copies OR visit the St. James parish courthouse.

One final, and most important, resource is ORAL tradition or the Oral Interview. If you don't have relatives that can help in that department, widen your view. Find a research buddy in the area (family, friend or genealogy society member). Also, there may be some members of the community that remember your ancestors (Raphael). There may be members of the Church (Our Lady of Peace or St. James) that still remember your ancestors - or stories of them.

It really depends upon what you already know and what you want to discover.


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