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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes records available online to all FamilySearch.org patrons at no cost. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians.

Due to contractual provisions with the Louisiana State Archives, FamilySearch has revised access to the Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records collection online to meet the following guidelines.

Images for the Louisiana, Orleans Parish vital Records, 1910,1960 collection can be viewed through the following means:

1. Images can be viewed by members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, by signing into the website using a member account.
2. Users with public accounts will be redirected to our partnership site at the Louisiana State Archives where image access is fee-based. Viewing fees help the archive fund the preservation and access of valuable records and ensure that research facilities are maintained.
3. An extensive list of microfilms are also available for the Orleans Parish Vital Records. They can be ordered via Online Film Ordering in most parts of the world. The films can also be viewed in-person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
4. Images from the collection cannot be printed or downloaded by any viewers.

Record Description

This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960.

Orleans Parish began keeping birth records in 1790, death records in 1804, and marriage records in 1834. Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1914 and delayed registration of births in 1939. There is no statewide registration of marriages. 

For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Information found in the birth records usually contain the following:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s gender and race
  • Father's name, age and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name, age and occupation
  • Parents' nativity
  • Parents' residence
  • Date of declaration of birth
  • Name and address of person reporting the birth

Information found in the marriage records contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full name of groom
  • Groom's birth date and place of birth
  • Groom's current residence, occupation and race
  • Names of groom's parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Parents' birth place
  • Full name of bride
  • Bride's birth date and place of birth
  • Bride's current residence, occupation and race
  • Names of bride's parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Number of marriages for bride and groom
  • Court where legal proceedings of any divorce were finalized
  • Officiator at marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Information found in the death records usually contain the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Date and place of birth of deceased
  • Gender, race and marital state of deceased
  • Current residence of deceased
  • Name of parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Parents' birthplace
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of person reporting the death
  • Place of burial

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased
  • Identifying information such as the date and place where the event occurred

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the occupations listed to search for employment records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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Citation for This Collection

Citations for individual images are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "show citation" box: Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.

 

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