Louisiana Record Selection Table

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Record Selection Table

This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

1. In column 1, select a research goal.

2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

3. In column 3, find additional record types that may be useful.

4. Look in the section of this article that corresponds to the record type you chose. It explains what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find the records in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog . Some records are not at the Library.

5. If you do not find the desired information, see the Records Selection Table in the United States Research Page for more suggestions. Note: Records of previous research (under these headings: Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals, but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.

1. If you need information about 2. Look first in Then search
Adoptions Court Records, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Guardianship Probate Records, Church Records, Census
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Birth, Marriage and Death Records Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Birth date Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Birth place Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Children Census, Probate Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Guardianship, Church Records, Bible Records
County boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Newspapers Biography, History, Obituaries Emigration and Immigration
Death information Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Divorce or dissolution of marriage
Divorce Records, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Court Records, Newspapers Census, Obituaries
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Ethnic background African Americans, American Indians, Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies, Church Records, Periodicals, Census
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers Maps, Land and Property
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records, Biography, History
Living relatives Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records, Directories Court Records, Census
Maiden name Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Marriage information Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records Church records, Probate records, Military records
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Occupations Occupations, Census, Directories Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography, History, Emigration and Immigration
Other family members Census, Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Birth recordsDeath records, Obituaries, Census, Church records Biography, Genealogy
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
Places of previous residence Census, Military Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration, Public Records
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Military Records Naturalization and Citizenship
Previous Research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals, Societies History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Church Records, Periodicals Societies, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories
Social activities Societies, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories