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Statewide registration of deaths began in 1911 in Louisiana. Parishes have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1911

Before 1911, no deaths were recorded by the state, but some were recorded by parishes, such as Orleans Parish (beginning in 1804) and Jefferson Parish (beginning in 1850). For further information on parish death records, see Louisiana Death Records. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Church Records
Census
Bible Records

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Louisiana Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try 1st:


1850-1875, 1894-1956 - At FamilySearch.org Free
Next try:


1911-1960 - At LA Sec. of State Free; Includes Orleans Parish deaths 1804-1960




Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

Death records from 1900 to 1954 (including an index) are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: FHL film 1575614 (1st of 661 films). To find additional records, search the Family History Library Catalog for the name of the parish and look under "Vital Records."

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Deaths from 1911 thru the present

The state of Louisiana began recording deaths in 1911.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Louisiana Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try 1st:


1850-1875, 1894-1956 - At FamilySearch.org Free
Next try:


1911-1960 - At LA Sec. of State Free
Next try:

Choose one of the following:


1900-1949 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1900-1949 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free




Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From Parish of Death From LA Dept. of Health office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Parish websites can be more difficult to use May be more expensive than ordering from the parish

Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The adult child of the person on the certificate
  • The siblings of the person on the certificate
  • The parent of the person on the certificate
  • The grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The adult grandchild of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

Death records from 1900 to 1954 (including an index) are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: FHL film 1575614 (1st of 661 films).

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

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