Louisiana Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help       




U.S.—Louisiana

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Goal 1: Learn about Louisiana research and records.


Choices

A. Get started with research for your Louisiana ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Louisiana research strategies.
    FS—Basic Louisiana Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Louisiana research on Ancestry.
    AC—Louisiana Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Louisiana research.
    AC—Louisiana State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Louisiana Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Louisiana Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the Louisiana state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Louisiana




Goal 2: Learn about Louisiana archives and libraries.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Louisiana Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Louisiana state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Louisiana.
  4. Explore the Louisiana Digital Library site for Louisiana.
  5. Explore the Louisiana State Library site.
  6. Explore Louisiana Dept. of Archives collection.
  7. Explore the Books We Own site for Louisiana genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  8. Search for free online books on Louisiana research on the FamilySearch site.
  9. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Louisiana city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Directories
  2. Explore Louisiana city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Louisiana city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Louisiana historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Louisiana city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 3: Learn about Louisiana vital records.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Louisiana Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals site.
  3. Search for online Louisiana vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Louisiana birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Louisiana birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Louisiana birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Louisiana marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Louisiana marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Louisiana marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Louisiana marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Louisiana death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Louisiana obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for Louisiana obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore Louisiana death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for Louisiana death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Louisiana census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Louisiana censuses in this article.
    FS—Louisiana Census
  2. Learn about Louisiana census records.
    Census Records for Louisiana
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Louisiana state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Louisiana census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Louisiana census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Louisiana voting registers in this article.
    FS—Louisiana Voting Registers



Goal 4: Learn about Louisiana church and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Louisiana church records in this article.
    FS—Louisiana Church Records
  2. Learn about Louisiana church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Louisiana Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Louisiana church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Louisiana cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Louisiana cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Louisiana Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Louisiana cemetery records.
  3. Search for Louisiana cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Louisiana cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Louisiana cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.



Goal 5: Learn about Louisiana emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Louisiana migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Louisiana immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 6: Learn about Louisiana military records.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Louisiana military records.
    Louisiana Military Records
  2. Learn about Louisiana military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Military Records
  3. Explore Louisiana military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Louisiana military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Louisiana military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Louisiana military resources on Cyndi's List.



Goal 7: Learn about Louisiana probate, land, and court records.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Louisiana Probate Records
  2. Learn about Louisiana land and property records.
    FS—Louisiana Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Louisiana land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Louisiana Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Louisiana probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Louisiana land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Louisiana court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Court Records
  2. Learn about Louisiana court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Louisiana Court Records



Goal 8: Learn about Louisiana maps and gazetteers.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Maps
  2. Learn about Louisiana maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Louisiana Maps
  3. Learn about Louisiana gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Gazetteers

B. Explore Louisiana maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Louisiana maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Louisiana.
  3. Explore historical Louisiana maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Louisiana maps.



Goal 9: Learn about Louisiana newspapers.


Choices

A. Learn about Louisiana newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Louisiana newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Louisiana newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Louisiana Newspapers—13:14
  3. Learn about Louisiana newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Louisiana Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Louisiana newspapers.

  1. Search for Louisiana historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Louisiana newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Louisiana newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Louisiana newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Louisiana newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Louisiana newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Louisiana newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Louisiana research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.



Goal 11: Search records from Louisiana.


Choices

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Louisiana County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Louisiana.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Louisiana Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  3. Explore records in the Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy page.



Goal 12: Get help with your Louisiana research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Louisiana Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Louisiana Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Louisiana.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Louisiana research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Louisiana research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Louisiana research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Louisiana research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Louisiana research.

C. Learn about Louisiana genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Louisiana in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Louisiana Societies
  2. Explore the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society site.
  3. Explore Louisiana genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Louisiana Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Acadia    L Allen    A    L Ascension    L Assumption    A    L Avoyelles    L Beauregard    A    L
Bienville    L Bossier    A    L Caddo    L Calcasieu    A    L Caldwell    L Cameron    L
Catahoula    L Claiborne    A    L Concordia    L DeSoto    L E. Baton Rg.    L East Carroll    L
E. Feliciana    L Evangeline    L Franklin    L Grant    A    L Iberia    L Iberville    A    L
Jackson    L Jefferson    A    L Jeff. Davis    L Lafayette    A    L Lafourche    A    L LaSalle    L
Lincoln    A    L Livingston    L Madison    L Morehouse    A    L Natchitoches    A    L Orleans    A    L
Ouachita    A    L Plaquemines    A    L Pt. Coupee    L Rapides    L Red River    L Richland    A    L
Sabine    A    L St. Bernard    A    L St. Charles    A    L St. Helena    L St. James    L St. John TB    L
St. Landry    L St. Martin    L St. Mary    A    L St. Tammany    L Tangipahoa    L Tensas    L
Terrebonne    A    L Union    L Vermillion    L Vernon    L Washington    L Webster    A    L
W. Baton Rg.    L West Carroll    L W. Feliciana    L Winn    L


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