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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1866 to 1963.

This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison. The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.

For an alphabetical index of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:

  • Name of prisoner
  • Age, height and weight
  • Physical description including color of eyes, hair and identifying marks
  • Marital status
  • Reason for entry in (offense)ledger
  • Term of imprisonment
  • Level of education
  • Literacy
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date
  • Burial date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Last residence prior to confinement
  • Discharge or transfer date
  • Where transferred to

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • Full name
  • Identifying information such as the age and approximate dates served

Search the Collection

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

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Use the death date to search for a death certificate.
  • Use the death date and prior residence to locate mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Record accuracy depends largely on the accuracy of the document authors and may be subject to inacurracies.

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.

Related Websites

Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wikipedia

Related Wiki Articles

Louisiana Vital Records

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Citation for This Collection

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, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.

 

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