Louisiana, United States Genealogy

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Guide to Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Louisiana Information

Louisiana became the 18th state to join the United States on April 30, 1812. Louisiana was located in the southern region of the United States.[1] Louisiana was formed from the Territory of Orleans. The U.S. state of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes (French: paroisses) in the same way that 48 other states of the United States are divided into counties. The State Capital is Baton Rouge. [2]

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Getting Started with Louisiana Research

Links to articles on getting started with Louisiana research.

Louisiana Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Louisiana research.

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Louisiana Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the parish level in Lousiana. Click on a parish below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Caddo ParishBossier ParishWebster ParishClaiborne ParishUnion ParishMorehouse ParishWest Carroll ParishEast Carroll ParishDeSoto ParishBienville ParishLincoln ParishOuachita ParishRichland ParishJackson ParishMadison ParishRed River ParishCaldwell ParishFranklin ParishTensas ParishNatchitoches ParishSabine ParishWinn ParishLaSalle ParishCatahoula ParishConcordia ParishGrant ParishVernon ParishRapides ParishAvoyelles ParishBeauregard ParishCalcasieu ParishCameron ParishAllen ParishEvangeline ParishJefferson Davis ParishAcadia ParishVermilion ParishSt. Landry ParishLafayette ParishWest Feliciana ParishPointe Coupee ParishEast Feliciana ParishSt. Helena ParishSt. Martin ParishIberia ParishIberville ParishWest Baton Rouge ParishEast Baton Rouge ParishSt. Mary ParishSt. Martin ParishAssumption ParishAscension ParishLivingston ParishSt. James ParishSt. John the Baptist ParishTangipahoa ParishWashington ParishSt. Tammany ParishTerrebonne ParishLafourche ParishSt. Charles ParishJefferson ParishOrleans ParishSt. Bernard ParishPlaquemines ParishLouisiana-county-map.gif


Extinct or Renamed Parishes:  Acadia | Attakapas | Baton Rouge | Biloxi | Carroll | Feliciana | German Coast | Opelousas | Pascagoula | Sabine Free State | Warren

Louisiana Migration Routes

FamilySearch Resources

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Additional Resources


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Louisiana " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 08/18/2016.