I have searched records since 1963 when I was 17 years old. I was fortunate enough to be able to go through the original Louisiana Diocese of Baton Rouge's Catholic Church Records where many of my Daddy's family had been recorded. The Tullier and Arceneaux families. One Parisian French the other Acadian French.
In 2004 Mother died and I inherited her very extensive handwritten files. A very slow and tedious task I am trying to upload her data into Ancestry. She had searched since the 1930's and traveled to many cemeteries, courthouses etc. all over the south looking for proofs of Allen, Phillips, McKinnon, Sinclair and Hasley,Taylor, Windham, Nunn, Davis,Wingfield.