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Online Louisiana indexes and images

Online Federal and State Population Schedules of Louisiana 
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Federal population schedules

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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the Family History Library
1940 N/A 1910 and Soundex 1870    
1930 1900 and Soundex 1860
1920 and Soundex 1880 and Soundex 1850
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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the National Archives
1940 N/A 1910 T624  Soundex T1267 1870 M593         1840 M704
1930 T626 1900 T623  Soundex T1048 1860 M653 1830 M19
1920 T625  Soundex M1564 1880 T9  Soundex T751 1850 M432 1820 M33
1810 M252 

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Louisiana, click here

Federal non-population schedules

Online indexes and images

Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Louisiana

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Microfilm images

Family History Library Federal Census Non-Population Schedule Microfilms for California

  • 1850 - 1880 Nonpopulation census schedules for Louisiana. Includes Social Statistics, Defective, dependent and delinquent, agricultural and manufacturing schedules FHL Collection Films 1549551-65
  • 1850 - 1880 Federal mortality census schedules and related indexes. FHL Collection Films 1421004 and 422428-32.

National Archives Federal Census Non-Population Schedule Microfilms for California

  • 1935 Census of Business
  • 1850 - 1880 Federal mortality census schedules
  • 1850 - 1880 Nonpopulation census schedules including Social Statistics, Dependent, delinquent and defective classes, agriculture and manufacturing.
  • 1820 - 1880 Manufactures Schedues

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Louisiana, click here.

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

  • 1854-1855, and 1856-1857 Orleans Parish (Carrollton only)[9][10]
  • 1837 New Orleans only[11]
  • 1805 A special census of New Orleans was taken.
  • 1804 New Orleans only[9][12] Available at the Louisiana State Archives.
  • 1699-1860 Territory and State[13]
  • 1784-1850 New Orleans only[13]
  • 1722-1803 Colony[9][14]
  • 1758-1796 Colony[9][15]
  • 1791 New Orleans only[9] Available at the Louisiana State Archives.
  • 1770-1789 Colony[16]
  • 1745 Pointe Coupee Parish[9][17]
  • 1699-1732 Colony[9][18]

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Louisiana censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.

More about censuses

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Sources and footnotes

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
  2. Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. 8.0 8.1 HeritageQuest has slave owner schedule images only.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 48.
  10. Carrollton (Louisiana), Commissary of Police, Census of inhabitants, 1854-1857 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. Microfilm of original records at the Orleans Parish courthouse.) [FHL Film 906363 Item 2].
  11. New Orleans (Louisiana), Mayor, Assessment of property and census of slaves and their owners, 1837 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. Microfilm of original records at the Orleans Parish courthouse.) [FHL Film 906708 Item 3].
  12. Census of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1804 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. Microfilm of original records in the New Orleans Public Library.) [FHL Film 1309932].
  13. 13.0 13.1 Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Databases for the study of Afro-Louisiana history and genealogy 1699-1860 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, c2000) [FHL CD-ROM no. 1380].
  14. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches colonials : censuses, military rolls, and tax lists, 1722-1803 (Chicago, Illinois : Adams Press, 1981) [FHL Book 976.365 X2m].
  15. Jacqueline K. Voorhies, Some Lake Eighteenth Century Louisianians, 1758-1796 ([Lafayette, La., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1973]).
  16. Alberte J. Robichaux Jr., Louisiana Census and Militia Lists 1770-1789. 2 vols. (Harvey, Louisiana.: A. J. Robichaux, 1973 and 1974) [FHL Book 976.3 X2pr; Fiche 6088510-511].
  17. Bill Barron, Census of Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, 1745 (New Orleans, Louisiana : Polyanthos, c1978) [FHL Book 976.3454 X2b].
  18. Charles R. Maduell Jr., The Census Tables for the French Colony of Louisiana from 1699 Through 1732 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publ., 1972) [FHL Book 976.3 X2pm]

 

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