Dear Mr. Seymour,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located History of the French in Louisiana in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that covers 1700 - 1806. The records are not yet digitized and available in the Catalog. For a digitized copy of this volume, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com and provide this information: RG 59, A1 605 - “History of the French in Louisiana,” NAID 1253236. It may take over a month to receive it.
We also suggest you contact the National Archives of France (Archives Nationales), 59 rue Guynemer, 93380 Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, France for any records they may have. The web site is http://www.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr/en/web/guest.
In addition, we suggest that you review the State Archives of Louisiana; A Guide to French Louisiana Manuscripts; Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project; Colonial Documents Louisiana Historical Center | Louisiana State Museum;LAMA--Directory of Archival Repositories in Louisiana--Part I; Historical Resources; A Guide to Early Modern French Louisiana Sources; French and Spanish Records of Louisiana: A Bibliographical Guide to Archive ... - Henry Putney Beers; and Timeline of French & Indian War websites for additional information and/or resources.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
You may also wish to see the Historical journal of the establishment of the French in Louisiana
available online through the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress and other libraries may have some reference books on topic as well.
The records of the French Ministere des Colonies are now held by the Archives nationales d'Outre-mer (ANOM), in Aix-en-Provence.
I've also been told that there were some German speaking Alastians that migrated to the French territory in Louisiana during that time period, and was recommended the following works on the topic.
- Glenn R. Conrad, "Alsatian Immigration, 1753-159", New Orleans Genesis, 14 (1975), 221-226.
- Reinhart Kondert, The Germans of Colonial Louisiana, 1720-1803, German-American Studies, 5 (Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, Academic Publishing House, 1990).
- Helmut Blume, The German Coast during the Colonial Era, 1722-1803, translated, edited, and annotated by Ellen C. Merrill (Destrehan, LA: German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society, 1990).
- Norman Laybourn, L'émigration des Alsaciens et des Lorrains du XVIIIe au XXe siècles (Strasbourg: Association des Publications près les Universités de Strasbourg, 1986).