Original Materials in Archives and Private
and Public Collections
There are many manuscript collections,
private papers, and public documents available to researchers.
These are just some of them. I invite you to share your 'finds'
with others. Please e-mail them to me.
- Paris, Archives Nationales:
Series E (Personnel)
- Aix-en-Provence - there is much material,
but these are the most important groups of records:
Church Registers & État
Civil (indexed) available on microfilm from LDS
Notariat de Saint-Domingue (indexed) (available on microfilm
Indemnity Records (published annual reports available at several
- National Archives
Passports. Some of the refugees living in the United States wanted
to return to Saint-Domingue in 1801. In those days, passports
were required for international travel just as they are today.
In the back of a miscellaneous State Department ledger book,
were recorded a list of ### names and information concerning
their travel plans. These are known as the "Passports".
They were transcribed and published in two journals: The National
Genealogical Society ----------- date, and the New Orleans Genesis,
-----------date data. There are some minor discrepancies in the
There are no other known collections in the National Archives
that deal specifically with the Saint-Domingue refugees. If you
find any, please let us know about it.
- State & Private Archives & Repositories
containing original manuscripts and other materials; also included
in this listing are published materials about the refugees:
ALABAMA: Courthouse records - Vine &
LOUISIANA: HNOC-St Geme papers; La Hist Center - Mossmeier
There were no large
communities of refugees in this state. However there is one important
set of papers concerning refugees who lived in Cuba, and went
to New Orleans in 1809 - Dr. Christian Miltenberger and his wife
Marie Aimée Mersier (Mercier). These papers are housed
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An online
guide and abstract to the papers can be found at http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/m/Miltenberger,Christian
SOUTH CAROLINA: Barbot-deSaussure papers
There are some French
colonial records left in the archives in Port-au-Prince. The Association
de Généalogie d'Haïti has abstracted these
names from the records. They are available online to members of
the society. Non-members and visitors may search the index for
Other Original Materials
Although newspapers are not considered
primary documents, they are original
ones because they are contemporary.
There is a plethora of unique biographical and genealogical information
that can be found by those willing to spend some time scanning
through tedious, old newspapers (hard copy or microfilm).
§ The Affiches Americaines,
the colonial newspaper of Saint-Domingue, which was roughly the
equivalent of the "gazette" of the English colonies,
was published in the colony under various names, in various towns
from 1764 through 1791. Besides containing official govern policy
line articles and notices, it also carried ship arrivals, advertisements
(placed by colonists) offering services and goods for sale, and
other mundane information. The library of the University of Florida
at Gainesville has this valuable source on microfilm (24 reels)
in its Latin American Collection. Definitely worth a trip to Gainesville.
§ The American Antiquarian Society
has the country's largest and most complete collection (though
not necessarily every title, issue or page) of American newspapers.
If you can't find the one you want in the library or historical
society, try the AAS.
An example of what kind of material can
be found in old newspapers:
Scott, Kenneth, Ph.D. "New York's French Newspaper, 1795-1799, Genealogical
Data". The Record 120 (Oct 1989): 207-210; 121 (Jan,
Apr, Jul 1990): 25-28, 101-103, 149-153.
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