Louisiana Genealogists

Our Louisiana genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the various archives and libraries in Louisiana, including:

  • Louisiana State Archives
    Houses original Louisiana records, including vital records, Confederate pension records, hospital records, State Penitentiary records, World War I discharge papers, records of elected officials, land records, and state and parish government records
  • Louisiana State University Shreveport Archives
    Contains over 600 collections, including historical records and manuscripts relating to the Shreveport area, northwest Louisiana, and the lower Red River region commonly known as the Ark-La-Tex from its earliest settlement to the present
  • Louisiana Digital Library (LDL)
    144,000 digital photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more documenting history and culture
  • Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society
    The oldest historical organization in the state. The official custodian of the colonial records of Louisiana, including the French Superior Council records and the Spanish Judicial Records of the Illustrious Cabildo (local governing body)
  • Louisiana State Library
    Includes large collection of genealogical and historical books, parish courthouse records, magazines, newspapers, government publications
  • Louisiana Historical Association
    History of Louisiana, with particular emphasis at the inception on territorial, statehood, and the American Civil War periods to the late 19th and 20th centuries
  • Historic New Orleans Collection
    Contains the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region of the U.S.
  • Louisiana State Museum
    Photographs, maps, manuscripts, books, oral histories, and more that document history and culture of Louisiana
  • Middleton Library, Louisiana State University
    Federal government publications since 1907, U.S. documents issued before 1907, 20th century Louisiana newspapers for the larger cities
  • Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library
    Documents the history and culture of the region, including plantation and family papers, Spanish colonial period records (commonly known as the Cuban Papers), and newspapers
  • Tulane University Library
    Contains over 3 million publications (books, pamphlets and magazines) on all aspects of Louisiana from colonial times to the present. Includes history of slavery, race relations, African American community development, civil rights movement. Houses one of the world’s foremost collections in Latin American archaeology, anthropology, history, linguistics, art, architecture, film, women’s studies, and economics and comprises more than 420,000 volumes. Includes one of the best collections of pre-World War II Louisiana publications in the state
  • New Orleans Public Library
    The premier cultural institution that celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Notarial Archives
    Maintains land records and other contracts recorded in Orleans Parish
  • Cammie G Henry Research Center, Northwestern State Univ. in Natchitoches
    Louisiana books, rare and unusual books, manuscripts, 3000 maps dating from the early colonial Louisiana to present, newspapers including original issues of Louisiana newspapers, Louisiana census schedules, local church records, American State Papers, Francois Mignon papers
  • Winn Parish Archives
    Births, marriages, and deaths of the Winn parish
  • Northwestern State University (NSU)
    Lists all known major manuscript collections in repositories in the US, hundreds of interviews with New Orleans residents (1937-1941), Library of American Civilization, books by Lyle Saxon and other southern writers, rare books from before 1900, serial publications from England from 1800s, local church records from 1700s, Louisiana State Acts of Legislature from early 1800s
  • Shreveport Public Library
    Every parish that has been microfilmed, Louisiana Confederate pension files, census records, more genealogy books that most libraries have books especially for South and East Texas, family histories, DAR publications

Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Louisiana include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1756
  • Death records were kept by some towns as early as 1804
  • Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1911 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded from 1699 to 1857
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the clerk of the district court in each parish.
  • Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods which contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of Louisiana have also been written
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1812
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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