State of Louisianna
Wimberly Family in Louisiana
     Louisiana has a rich, colorful historical background. Early Spanish explorers were Alvarez Pineda, 1519; Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca,1528; and Hernando De Soto in 1541. Sieeur de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed all the land drained by it and its tributaries for Louis XIV of France in 1682. Louisiana became a French crown colony in 1731, was ceded to Spain in 1763, returned to France in 1800, and sold by Napoleon to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase (with large territories to the north and northwest) in 1803. Louisiana joined the Union on April 30, 1812 as the 18th State.
1820 Federal Census of Louisiana
1850 Federal Census of Louisiana
1860 Federal Census of Louisiana