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Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 12:57:31 -0800 (PST) From: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@crl.com>
To: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@crl.com>
Subject: Re: Genealogy request: Can anyone help? 1
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960203125550.18065D-100000@crl4.crl.com>

Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 12:46:17 -0800 (PST)
From: Stewart R. King <stumo@teleport.com>

Resources for Haitian genealogy

By Stewart King, 3 February 1996

The birth, marriage, and death records for pre-revolutionary Haiti are in France, at the Archives d'Outremer at Aix-en-Provence, near Marseilles. I would suggest a letter to Madame la Directrice, Archives Nationales, Section Outremer, Aix-en-Provence, 13090 France. English would probably be fine (I know she speaks English well). Ask her to forward your letter to a genealogist who knows the Saint-Domingue (which was the colonial name of Haiti) records well. I'm sure there's plenty of material -- the French are demon record-keepers. A genealogist is a private contractor -- you should expect to pay a fairly considerable sum for the service, but probably less than a plane ticket there!

You might also want to have your investigator check the notarial records, which contain sales and rental contracts and all sorts of other interesting stuff. Your ancestor would almost certainly have appeared in these records.

It would help to know exactly what place in Haiti he lived. If you have a town or parish name that would make it a lot easier (and probably cheaper as well).

Good luck

Stewart King