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{{Adoption LAGenWeb}}Before statehood in 1812 the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic Church]] was dominant in Louisiana. Few Protestant churches flourished. From 1812 to 1900, the largest religious groups in Louisiana were the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic]], [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Lutheran Church in the United States|Lutheran]] churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>  
 
{{Adoption LAGenWeb}}Before statehood in 1812 the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic Church]] was dominant in Louisiana. Few Protestant churches flourished. From 1812 to 1900, the largest religious groups in Louisiana were the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic]], [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Lutheran Church in the United States|Lutheran]] churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>  
  
<br>The earliest church records were Roman Catholic marriage records that began in 1720 and baptism records that began in 1729. Most records are kept at the local churches. The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has a small collection of Louisiana church records, including Roman Catholic and Baptist sources. Also see the 45 volumes of civil and church records from southern and southwestern Louisiana published by Donald J. Hebert (see&nbsp;[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana Vital Records]]).  
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<br>The earliest church records were Roman Catholic marriage records that began in 1720 and baptism records that began in 1729. Most records are kept at the local churches. The {{FHL|358653|subject_id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} has a small collection of Louisiana church records, including Roman Catholic and Baptist sources. Also see the 45 volumes of civil and church records from southern and southwestern Louisiana published by Donald J. Hebert (see[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana Vital Records]]).  
  
 
Guides to help you locate Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish records are:  
 
Guides to help you locate Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish records are:  
  
*Hebert, Donald J. ''A Guide to Church Records in Louisiana, 1720-1975''. Eunice, Louisiana.: D. J. Hebert, 1975. {{FHL|338784|item}} book 976.3 K23h, fiche 6051420 or 6010583
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*Hebert, Donald J. ''A Guide to Church Records in Louisiana, 1720-1975''. Eunice, Louisiana.: D. J. Hebert, 1975. {{FHL|338784|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6051420 or 6010583, Book 976.3 K23h}}
*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records of Church Archives in Louisiana''. New Orleans, Louisiana: Louisiana State Board of Health, 1942. {{FHL|150031|item}} book 976.3 V2w; film 1305374 items 2-3; fiche 6051101
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records of Church Archives in Louisiana''. New Orleans, Louisiana: Louisiana State Board of Health, 1942. {{FHL|150031|item|disp=FHL film 1305374 items 2-3, fiche 6051101, Book 976.3 V2w}}
  
 
You can also write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
 
You can also write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
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[http://www.diocesealex.org/archives Diocese of Alexandria]<br>4400 Coliseum Boulevard<br>Alexandria, LA 71303<br>Phone: (318) 445-2401<br>Fax: (318) 448-6121  
 
[http://www.diocesealex.org/archives Diocese of Alexandria]<br>4400 Coliseum Boulevard<br>Alexandria, LA 71303<br>Phone: (318) 445-2401<br>Fax: (318) 448-6121  
  
The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana|Avoyelles]], [[Caldwell Parish, Louisiana|Caldwell]], [[Catahoula Parish, Louisiana|Catahoula]], [[Concordia Parish, Louisiana|Concordia]], [[Franklin Parish, Louisiana|Franklin]], [[Grant Parish, Louisiana|Grant]], [[LaSalle Parish, Louisiana|LaSalle]], [[Madison Parish, Louisiana|Madison]], [[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana|Natchitoches]], [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides]], [[Tensas Parish, Louisiana|Tensas]], [[Vernon Parish, Louisiana|Vernon]] and [[Winn Parish, Louisiana|Winn]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
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The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana|Avoyelles]], [[Caldwell Parish, Louisiana|Caldwell]], [[Catahoula Parish, Louisiana|Catahoula]], [[Concordia Parish, Louisiana|Concordia]], [[Franklin Parish, Louisiana|Franklin]], [[Grant Parish, Louisiana|Grant]], [[LaSalle Parish, Louisiana|LaSalle]], [[Madison Parish, Louisiana|Madison]], [[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana|Natchitoches]], [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides]], [[Tensas Parish, Louisiana|Tensas]], [[Vernon Parish, Louisiana|Vernon]] and [[Winn Parish, Louisiana|Winn]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>  
  
 
[http://www.diobr.org/archives/archives-main.htm Diocese of Baton Rouge Archives]<br>1800 South Acadian Thruway<br>Baton Rouge, LA 70808<br>Phone: (504) 387-0561<br>Fax: (504) 336-8789  
 
[http://www.diobr.org/archives/archives-main.htm Diocese of Baton Rouge Archives]<br>1800 South Acadian Thruway<br>Baton Rouge, LA 70808<br>Phone: (504) 387-0561<br>Fax: (504) 336-8789  
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Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 2028<br>Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028 <br>  
 
Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 2028<br>Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028 <br>  
  
This diocese has collected all parish registers in its area and indexed them. The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Assumption Parish, Louisiana|Assumption]], [[East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|East Baton Rouge]], [[East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|East Feliciana]], [[Iberville Parish, Louisiana|Iberville]], [[Livingston Parish, Louisiana|Livingston]], [[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana|Pointe Coupee]], [[St. Helena Parish, Louisiana|St. Helena]], [[St. James Parish, Louisiana|St. James]], [[Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana|Tangipahoa]], [[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|West Baton Rouge]] and [[West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|West Feliciana]].<ref name="rome"/>  
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This diocese has collected all parish registers in its area and indexed them. The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Assumption Parish, Louisiana|Assumption]], [[East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|East Baton Rouge]], [[East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|East Feliciana]], [[Iberville Parish, Louisiana|Iberville]], [[Livingston Parish, Louisiana|Livingston]], [[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana|Pointe Coupee]], [[St. Helena Parish, Louisiana|St. Helena]], [[St. James Parish, Louisiana|St. James]], [[Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana|Tangipahoa]], [[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|West Baton Rouge]] and [[West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|West Feliciana]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.htdiocese.net/Default.aspx?alias=www.htdiocese.net/archives Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Archives]<br>205 Audubon Avenue<br>Thibodaux, LA 70301<br>Phone: (985) 446-2383  
 
[http://www.htdiocese.net/Default.aspx?alias=www.htdiocese.net/archives Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Archives]<br>205 Audubon Avenue<br>Thibodaux, LA 70301<br>Phone: (985) 446-2383  
  
The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Assumption Parish, Louisiana|Assumption]], [[Lafourche Parish, Louisiana|LaFourche]], [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]], [[St. Mary Parish, Louisiana|St. Mary]] and [[Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana|Terrebonne]].<ref name="rome"/>  
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The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Assumption Parish, Louisiana|Assumption]], [[Lafourche Parish, Louisiana|LaFourche]], [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]], [[St. Mary Parish, Louisiana|St. Mary]] and [[Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana|Terrebonne]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.diolaf.org/ Diocese of Lafayette]<br>1408 Carmel Ave.<br>Lafayette, LA 70501<br>Phone: (337) 261-5652  
 
[http://www.diolaf.org/ Diocese of Lafayette]<br>1408 Carmel Ave.<br>Lafayette, LA 70501<br>Phone: (337) 261-5652  
  
The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Acadia Parish, Louisiana|Acadia]], [[Evangeline Parish, Louisiana|Evangeline]], [[Iberia Parish, Louisiana|Iberia]], [[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana|Lafayette]], [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]], [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]], [[St. Mary Parish, Louisiana|St. Mary]] and [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion]].<ref name="rome"/>  
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The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Acadia Parish, Louisiana|Acadia]], [[Evangeline Parish, Louisiana|Evangeline]], [[Iberia Parish, Louisiana|Iberia]], [[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana|Lafayette]], [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]], [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]], [[St. Mary Parish, Louisiana|St. Mary]] and [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://live.lcdiocese.org/administration/43-offices-and-agencies/37-deacon-george-stearns.html Diocese of Lake Charles Archives]<br>414 Iris Street<br>Lake Charles, LA 70601<br>Phone: (337) 439-7400  
 
[http://live.lcdiocese.org/administration/43-offices-and-agencies/37-deacon-george-stearns.html Diocese of Lake Charles Archives]<br>414 Iris Street<br>Lake Charles, LA 70601<br>Phone: (337) 439-7400  
  
The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]], [[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|Calcasieu]], [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]].<ref name="rome"/>  
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The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]], [[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|Calcasieu]], [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
<br>[http://www.archdiocese-no.org/archives/index.php Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives]<br>7887 Walmsley Avenue<br>New Orleans, LA 70125-3496<br>Phone: (504) 861-9521<br>Fax: (504) 866-2906  
 
<br>[http://www.archdiocese-no.org/archives/index.php Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives]<br>7887 Walmsley Avenue<br>New Orleans, LA 70125-3496<br>Phone: (504) 861-9521<br>Fax: (504) 866-2906  
  
The Archdiocese includes the parishes of: [[Orleans Parish, Louisiana|Orleans]], [[Jefferson Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson]], [[St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana|St. Bernard]], [[St. Charles Parish, Louisiana|St. Charles]], [[St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana|St. John the Baptist]], [[St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana|St. Tammany]], [[Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana|Plaquemines]] and [[Washington Parish, Louisiana|Washington]].<ref name="rome"/>
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The Archdiocese includes the parishes of: [[Orleans Parish, Louisiana|Orleans]], [[Jefferson Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson]], [[St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana|St. Bernard]], [[St. Charles Parish, Louisiana|St. Charles]], [[St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana|St. John the Baptist]], [[St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana|St. Tammany]], [[Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana|Plaquemines]] and [[Washington Parish, Louisiana|Washington]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.dioshpt.org/archives/archives.html Archives of the Diocese of Shreveport]<br>3500 Fairfield Avenue<br>Shreveport, LA 71104<br>Phone: (318) 868-4441  
 
[http://www.dioshpt.org/archives/archives.html Archives of the Diocese of Shreveport]<br>3500 Fairfield Avenue<br>Shreveport, LA 71104<br>Phone: (318) 868-4441  
  
The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Bienville Parish, Louisiana|Bienville]], [[Bossier Parish, Louisiana|Bossier]], [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo]], [[Claiborne Parish, Louisiana|Claiborne]], [[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana|DeSoto]], [[East Carroll Parish, Louisiana|East Carroll]], [[Jackson Parish, Louisiana|Jackson]], [[Morehouse Parish, Louisiana|Morehouse]], [[Ouachita Parish, Louisiana|Ouachita]], [[Red River Parish, Louisiana|Red River]], [[Richland Parish, Louisiana|Richland]], [[Sabine Parish, Louisiana|Sabine]], [[Union Parish, Louisiana|Union]], [[Webster Parish, Louisiana|Webster]] and [[West Carroll Parish, Louisiana|West Carroll]].<ref name="rome"/>
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The diocese includes the parishes of: [[Bienville Parish, Louisiana|Bienville]], [[Bossier Parish, Louisiana|Bossier]], [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo]], [[Claiborne Parish, Louisiana|Claiborne]], [[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana|DeSoto]], [[East Carroll Parish, Louisiana|East Carroll]], [[Jackson Parish, Louisiana|Jackson]], [[Morehouse Parish, Louisiana|Morehouse]], [[Ouachita Parish, Louisiana|Ouachita]], [[Red River Parish, Louisiana|Red River]], [[Richland Parish, Louisiana|Richland]], [[Sabine Parish, Louisiana|Sabine]], [[Union Parish, Louisiana|Union]], [[Webster Parish, Louisiana|Webster]] and [[West Carroll Parish, Louisiana|West Carroll]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"]]  
 
'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"]]  
  
The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.
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The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
  
 
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 Before statehood in 1812 the Roman Catholic Church was dominant in Louisiana. Few Protestant churches flourished. From 1812 to 1900, the largest religious groups in Louisiana were the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches.[1]


The earliest church records were Roman Catholic marriage records that began in 1720 and baptism records that began in 1729. Most records are kept at the local churches. The Family History Library Catalog has a small collection of Louisiana church records, including Roman Catholic and Baptist sources. Also see the 45 volumes of civil and church records from southern and southwestern Louisiana published by Donald J. Hebert (seeLouisiana Vital Records).

Guides to help you locate Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish records are:

You can also write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Contents

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Alexandria
4400 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303
Phone: (318) 445-2401
Fax: (318) 448-6121

The diocese includes the parishes of: Avoyelles, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Rapides, Tensas, Vernon and Winn.[2]

Diocese of Baton Rouge Archives
1800 South Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (504) 387-0561
Fax: (504) 336-8789

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2028
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028

This diocese has collected all parish registers in its area and indexed them. The diocese includes the parishes of: Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.[2]

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Archives
205 Audubon Avenue
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone: (985) 446-2383

The diocese includes the parishes of: Assumption, LaFourche, St. Martin, St. Mary and Terrebonne.[2]

Diocese of Lafayette
1408 Carmel Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 261-5652

The diocese includes the parishes of: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.[2]

Diocese of Lake Charles Archives
414 Iris Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 439-7400

The diocese includes the parishes of: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.[2]


Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives
7887 Walmsley Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125-3496
Phone: (504) 861-9521
Fax: (504) 866-2906

The Archdiocese includes the parishes of: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Plaquemines and Washington.[2]

Archives of the Diocese of Shreveport
3500 Fairfield Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104
Phone: (318) 868-4441

The diocese includes the parishes of: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Jackson, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Webster and West Carroll.[2]

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

Baptist

Historical Commission
Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Phone: (615) 244-0344
Fax: (615) 782-4821

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Louisiana Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Methodist

Centenary College of Louisiana
Magale Library, Cline Room
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
Phone: (318) 869-5170
Fax: (318) 869-5004

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 41188
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188

Lutheran

University of New Orleans
Earl K. Long Library—Archives and Manuscripts Division
Lake Front
New Orleans, LA 70148
Phone: (504) 286-6556
Fax: (504) 286-7277

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.


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