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Finding Louisiana Marriage Records

  • Colonial marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church
  • Louisiana uses "parishes" rather than counties
  • Marriages are kept by the parish clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the parish
  • 1957 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?


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Marriages Before 1957

  • Colonial marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church
  • Marriages are kept by the parish clerk for each parish and usually begin at the creation of the parish

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1957 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 37,501
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1718-1925 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 562,712
Ancestry, Marriages, To 1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 29,692
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 43,140
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the parish of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the parish clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or parish of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the parish clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and parish where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by parish.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the parish clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1957 to Present

  • 1957 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

Currently, there are no online indexes to Louisiana marriage records for the period 1957 to the present.

Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the parish of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the parish clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or parish of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the parish clerk.

OR

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from VitalChek.
To Order Marriage Certificates
From Parish of Marriage From VitalChek
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state   Parish websites can be more difficult to use Expedited orders May be more expensive than ordering from the parish
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