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    1. Re: [LAIBERIA] BROUSSARD, Nancy
    2. Pat Fletcher
    3. Emily, The first thing that jumps out is that Nancy would not have been a slave if she was born in 1872. Following Lee's surrender and the end of the Civil War in April 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by 3/4 of the states on 6 Dec 1865. *Officially*, after that date, there was no more slavery in the U.S. (New Orleans and 13 named parishes of Louisiana, which were mostly under Federal control at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation, were exempted from it.) I would start looking for a birth certificate for Nancy in Louisiana. She does not show up in the Ancestry.com birth records from Orleans Parish, so you'll have to start with the State Registrar & Vital Records office <http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/635>: 'Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. All requests for birth or death certificates must include proper identification.' [and how you are related to the person in question]. I've gotten records for my g-g-grandmother and her parents, so you should be able to get Nancy's birth certificate and possibly their marriage certificate. The people in the Iberia Parish offices are very helpful! Happy Rootin', PFletch On 06.Jun.2012 07:12, laiberia-request@rootsweb.com wrote: > Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:48 PM > To:laiberia@rootsweb.com > Subject: Re: [LAIBERIA] Slave Records > > > The location is Lafayette& New Iberia. Specifically, I'm looking for John > YOUNG& wife Nancy BROUSSARD. I find them in the New Iberia census in 1910. > In 1920 Nancy is a widow. Nancy died in Beaumont Texas 18 April 1928& on > the DC it states she was born in 1872. They both are listed as "Negro". > I don't know for a fact that they were slaves or that they were born of > slaves. Just trying all angles. > > Thanks, > Emily

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