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Louisiana Genealogy Resources

  • Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History.
     
  • Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy: 1719-1820 . This website provides a searchable database for African-Americans from the Louisiana area.
     
  • Confederate Pension Applications Index Database.  Louisiana State Archives.

  • Deiler, J. Hanno. The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana: And Creoles of German Descent. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co, 2004. Author J. Hanno Deiler devotes the preliminary sections of this work to the early German families and their settlements in Louisiana, while nearly one-half of it lists, along with genealogical notices, the "Names of German Habitants on Both Banks of the Mississippi Above New Orleans," as based on the official census of 1724, and a roster of "Additional German Names...Not in the [1724] Census." Other sections are devoted to names in other censuses, Germans from Maryland, and Creoles of German Descent.
     
  • DeVille, Winston, compiler. Mississippi Valley Melange: A Collection of Notes and Documents for the Genealogy and History of the Province of Louisiana and Territory of Orleans. 3 volumes. Ville Platte, Louisiana: s.n., 1996.

  • Documenting Louisiana Sugar.  Provides historians and social scientists with an innovative tool for examining plantation economy and agrarian society in the American South. Utilizing exceptionally detailed annual crop returns and additional census records, Documenting Louisiana Sugar makes available two fully searchable databases that allow users to examine in micro and macro detail the evolution of one of America's definitive plantation crops, namely cane sugar. These are available at the Download Center on this website.

  • Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans. The Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans was established in 1960 to foster an interest in family research and to encourage preservation of genealogical records in New Orleans, and in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast south.

  • Historic New Orleans Collection. Digital collections.
     
  • Jenks, Houston C. Enumeration of ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers of Louisiana, Made in 1911. Index to 1911 Enumeration listed below.

  • Louisiana Births and Christenings, 1811-1830; 1854-1934 – Name index to birth, baptism, and christening records from the state of Louisiana. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M320. Index courtesy of Fold3. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865. Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M396. Index courtesy of Fold3. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Confederate Pensions,1898-1950. Index and images of applications for pensions filed by Confederate veterans and widows living in the state of Louisiana. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875; 1874-1954 – Name index to statewide deaths. Coverage: missing years between 1875-1893; has only a few entries for 1894-1904. One part of these death records includes death records for only Jefferson Parish, 1850-1875 and 1905-1921. The statewide records for all parishes cover 1911-1954. FamilySearch.

  • LOUISiana Digital Library. The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Louisiana's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories in the state electronically accessible to Louisiana residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries. The LOUISiana Digital Library contains photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more that document Louisiana's history and culture.

  • Louisiana, Eastern District Naturalization Petitions, 1838-1861. Naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, which was located in New Orleans. The set includes papers filed in naturalization proceedings including petitions for naturalization and oaths of the petitioner and two witnesses. Occasionally declarations of intention filed in other courts are included. The information given for each petition includes the name and residence of the petitioner, country of birth, city and date of arrival, and the names of two witnesses. NARA publication P2233: US District Court at New Orleans, Naturalization Petitions, 1838-1861. Index provided by Fold3.com. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945. Draft registration cards covering a special classification of individuals born between February 17, 1897 to 1928. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname and are a part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975. The collection was acquired from the National Archives Southwest Region in Fort Worth, Texas. Images contain surnames from A to M. However, the current index covers surnames from D to M. Some index entries and images for surnames from K to L are not in the current collection. Images and index are being added as they become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana Historical Center. The Louisiana Historical Center, located in the French Quarter at the Old U.S. Mint, is one of America's great archives. In addition to its priceless collections of Colonial-era manuscripts and maps, the Louisiana Historical Center houses a wealth of primary and secondary source materials in a wide range of media.
  • Louisiana Historical Society. Founded in 1835, the Louisiana Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in the state. It is dedicated to the writing, promotion and understanding of Louisiana history.

  • Louisiana Marriages 1816-1906. Name index to marriage records from the state of Louisiana. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.  FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Naturalization Records, 1831-1906. Naturalization records from the National Archives - Southeast Region. Includes the Louisiana Index to Certificates 1831-1906. Additional records will be added as they are completed. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945. Passenger lists of arrivals in New Orleans, Louisiana. This collection corresponds to two NARA publications: M259: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902 and T905: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1903-1945. Some arrival dates are not represented in the data. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine coverage. At present, this collection does not include NARA roll 142 from T905 containing arrivals for 1 Oct 1931 to 31 Dec 1931. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana Newspaper Access Program, 19th and early 20th century. From the Louisiana Digital Library Collection, this is an interesting collection of English and French language news.

  • Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880. Includes dockets and indexes for the Parish Court, 1822-1840; Commercial Court, 1839-1846, First Judicial District Court, 1839-1842; Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Judicial Court, 1846-1880 and the Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Courts, 1854-1880. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846 – Name index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images. The event date is the probate date. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880. This collection includes civil case files from the Second District Judicial Court in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960. This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920. The Will Books for Orleans Parish courts include copies of all wills filed in Orleans Parish, 1805-1920. The will books comprise 39 bound volumes. Each volume is individually indexed at the front of each book. The will books were created in several courts including the Court of Probates (1805-1846), Second District Court (1846-1880) and Civil District Court (1880-1920). Volume 31, No. 11 is missing.  FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957. Marriages recorded in Louisiana Parishes (counties). Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959. Draft registration cards arranged numerically by local board number then alphabetically by surname of registrant. The 4x6 cards (SSS-1 forms) cover a special classification of individuals born between 1922 and 1940. The collection was located at the NARA SW region in Forth Worth Texas. For additional information about this collection contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The cards are part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System,1926-1975. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana State Archives. Books on general histories, census indexes, immigration schedules, church records, and family histories are available in the library. Also found in the research library is the state's archival vital records program.

  • Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963. This collection includes a seven volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes of registers of convicts admitted to the prison. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Louisiana Vital Records. Louisiana Secretary of State.

  • Louisiana, War of 1812 Pension Lists. Images of pension lists for years 1812-1815, recorded between 1873 - 1879. Some lists are arranged in alphabetical order by surname. Includes lists of vetrans and lists of claimants. FamilySearch.
     
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Isle of Canes. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Pub, 2004.  An account of a multiracial family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes.

  • New Orleans Bee, 1827-1923. In English and French, this is a nice window into early New Orleans history. Courtesy of the Jefferson Parish Library; browseable by date, with no text search.
     
  • New Orleans Public Library: City Archives & Special Collections.
     
  • 1911 Enumeration of Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers of Louisiana. Microfilm of originals at the State Archives and Records Service, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985.
     
  • 1920-1940 New Orleans Voter Registration Cards. New Orleans Registrar of Voters. Originals are located at the New Orleans Public Library. Filmed by the Library, 1983, 11 rolls. Also available at the FHL as Voter Registration Cards, 1920-1940, Second Series, FHL film #1412334-1412343 and 1689670.

  • Prechtel-Kluskens, Claire. "New Orleans Slave Manifests, 1807-60." NGS Magazine 34, 4 (October-December 2008): 41-45.

  • State Land Office Online Documents. These documents include U.S. and State historical land title information, including information related to: Land Grants; all severance documents of U.S. and State public lands - which lists the first private owner; all U.S. Official Township Survey plats and field notes; the U.S. and State Tract Books - which are an index of all the other documents mentioned; Section 16 School Lands; State Patents; and numerous related documents. These records make up the source of title for every acre of land in Louisiana.