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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research in Louisiana.

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Division of Archives, Records Management, and History
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Telephone: 504-922-1207
Fax: 504-922-0002
Internet: http://www.sec.state.la.us/ARCHIVES/archives/archives-index.htm

Internet: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/640/Default.aspx

Research Records Records Indexes, birth records, death records and more.
Lousiana Digital State Archives Official State Archives, Media State Archives and much more.

National Archives at Fort Worth
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, TX 76115-3405
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-551-2034
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/southwest/

LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL)

Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society
P.O. Box 82060
Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2068
Telephone: 504-766-3018
Internet: http://groupspaces.com/lghs/

Louisiana State Library
760 Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Telephone: 504-342-4913
Fax: 504-342-3547
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 131
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0131
Internet: http://www.state.lib.la.us/

  • Louisiana Secretary of State, Click on Locate Historical Records to search indexes to death records (mostly 1804-1965), birth records (mostly 1790-1915) and Orleans parish marriages (1831-1965). Other online databases cover passenger lists from January to July 1851 and Confederate pension applications.

Louisiana Historical Association
University of Southwestern Louisiana
929 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 318-482-6871
Fax: 318-482-6028
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 42808
Lafayette, LA 70504
Internet: http://www.louisianahistoricalsociety.org/

Historic New Orleans Collection
William Research Center
410 Charter Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-598-7171
Fax: 504-598-7166
Internet: http://www.hnoc.org/

Louisiana State Museum
Louisiana Historical Center Library
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70176-2448
Telephone: 504-568-8214
Fax: 504-568-4995
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2448
New Orleans, LA 70176
Internet: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/

Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300
Telephone: 504-388-6551
Fax: 504-344-6773
Internet: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/

Howard Tilton Library
Manuscripts & Rare Books Department
Tulane University
7001 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Telephone: 504-865-5131
Fax: 504-865-6773
Internet: http://library.tulane.edu/

Le Comité des Archives
P.O. Box 1547
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1547

Linus A. Sims Memorial Library
Southeastern Louisiana University
1211 SGA Drive
Hammond, LA 70402
Telephone: 985-549-3860; after 4:30, weekends 985-549-2027
Online list of free databases for Louisiana genealogy

New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70140-1016
Telephone: 504-596-2612
Fax: 504-596-2609
Internet: http://nutrias.org/spec/speclist.htm

An inventory of the records in this important collection is Collin B. Hamer, Jr., Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library(New Orleans, Louisiana: Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, 1984;Family History Library book 976.3 D23h 1984).

Orleans Parish Notarial Archives
Civil Courts Building
421 Loyola Avenue, Room B-4
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: 504-568-8578
Fax: 504-568-8599
Internet: http://www.notarialarchives.org/

A helpful guide to Louisiana libraries is Resources in Louisiana Libraries: Public, Academic, Special and in Media Centers (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State Library, 1971; Family History Library FHL book 976.3 A3re; film 896543; fiche 6019941).

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Louisiana parishes, use any of the 22 inventories of the parish archives produced by the Historical Records Survey about 1940. The library has most of these inventories.

Louisiana Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.