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Hey Richard, I have not lived in Plaquemines for 17 years, when I was there
all records were in the courthouse, BUT, I did read in the article about the
fire that they said some archive records were stored in the OLD JAIL, so
maybe that is the old records? Sure hope so! I loved that old courthouse and
am very suspicious about the fire, as the politicians have been trying for 20
years to do away with it and build a new one across the river and the voters
would never agree, the politicians there care nothing about history and that
courthouse was built in 1890! So Sad!
The irony (as well as tragedy) of this situation is that I scheduled a day
off from work this Monday (today) to travel down to the courthouse to look up
family records; I had been planning this trip for almost thirty years!
I did get down there about thirty years ago and remember getting copies of
some family documents in what seemed to be another building--a grayish
WPA-type building built in the 1930's or early 1940's. I think it was just
downriver from the old courthouse. Am I imagining this or is there really
another facility in Pt. a La Hache that also had some genealogical material?
Would appreciate a reply.
Glad to hear that not all is lost. I have personally never been to the LDS
to know what they have. My hubby says one day I will go for a week. When
that will be I don't know.
I remember Gladys saying something about the drawers before. I think she was
sitting on the floor and digging way in the back for something. It might
just be me but for old records like that I think they should all be housed
in the state archives. I know they would take them and perserve them in the
>From what I heard it started in the back of the courthouse and spread
through out the whole thing.
Just looking at the paper, it says the deputy clerckhelped get some records
out. I will scan the paper and put it on line for all to see.
Darnell Marie Brunner Beck
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What is sad about this is there were LOTS Of RECORDS in those DRAWERS that
WAS NOT recorded, they had MORE in them then ANY Books. I sure Hope this is
FULLY investigated, too many politicians wanted that courthouse closed and a
new one built across the river. The voters would never agree.
I was at the courthouse when those records were being filmed and it was about
1982-3, and no records were damaged since then, they also made an extra copy
for the courthouse that was being stored across the Lake, don't remember if
it was Slidell or where, but they were put somewhere in case the records at
the courthouse got destroyed in a hurricane.
Darnell: You might check to be sure, but I believe many of the Plaquemines
Courthouse records had been microfilmed by the Mormon Library in Salt Lake
City. I recall ordering some of these films from them when I was research
my Plaquemines family from a distance. I recall this because one of the
rolls had a note that the records had been damaged in a hurricane. If
there are no other copies of the records, I'm sure that the Mormons would
provide microfilm copies as they have done this in the past when disasters
have occurred. All may not be lost.
Mark Welchley, Aliquippa, Pa 15001
>For those of you who has't heard yet the Plaquemines PArish courthouse in
>Pointe a la Hache has burned down tonight. Live at 10:16 pm it was a total
>lose. It was one of the oldest courthouses in the state that was still
>standing. For those with family ties and research interest in Plaquemines,
>everything was lost. If it hasn't already been documented by the few
>researchers in Plaquemines Gladys, Richard and Ron to name a few I know of.
>Thank God no one was hurt or killed in this fire.
>Darnell Marie Brunner Beck
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For those of you who has't heard yet the Plaquemines PArish courthouse in
Pointe a la Hache has burned down tonight. Live at 10:16 pm it was a total
lose. It was one of the oldest courthouses in the state that was still
standing. For those with family ties and research interest in Plaquemines,
everything was lost. If it hasn't already been documented by the few
researchers in Plaquemines Gladys, Richard and Ron to name a few I know of.
Thank God no one was hurt or killed in this fire.
Darnell Marie Brunner Beck
File Manager for
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