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Ascension Parish, LAGenWeb

Hi, I am Edward Hayden, the temporary coordinator of Ascension Parish GenWeb. My goal is to get information on the web that all have free access to. I cannot do it without YOU! Please take a look at the web and send me information that "fits" into the category.  The Parish is also up for adoption. Please contact the State Coordinator if you are interested in adopting this site. Make sure when you contact me that you put the parish in the subject box. I have five other GenWebs and I won't know which one to add your information.

Although discovered eary in the 1500's, Louisiana was not settled until 1714, when the French settled Natchitoches on the Red River. The first organized migration from France occurred between 1717 and 1722 under John Law. In 1755, the British expelled the French settlers of Acadia, and later, Nova Scotia. As many as 5000 of these French Acadians, who became known as Cajuns, settled in Louisana.

The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 made Louisiana part of the United States. The next year, Louisiana was divided into two sections, "The District of Louisiana" above the 33rd parallel and the Territory of Orleans below it.

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Ascension Parish Was Established

Ascension Parish was established in 1807 from St. James Parish. The parish seat of Ascension is Donaldsonville.

I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of Ascension Parish
 roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I live in North Carolina and do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.

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Iberville East Baton Rouge Livingston
Ascension Parish
Assumption St. James St. John The Baptist

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"The Chosen"

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."



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If you have questions, contributions, or problems with this site, email:

Parish Coordinator

State Coordinator: Jo Branch

Co-State Coordinator: Edward Hayden

Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or problems with this site, email the Parish Coordinator. Please to not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Indiana and do not have access to additional records.


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