Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960 .
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Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Vital Records
Collection years 1910-1960
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What is in the Collection?

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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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Image Visibility

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.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960.

How Do I Search the Collection?

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 by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information on more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. State Archives, Baton Rouge.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960.

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