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Louisiana Vital Records

As of 1990, the state archive stores all birth records over 100 years old and death and marriage records over fifty years old. Some parish health departments have alphabetical birth and death indexes for their areas; they are not, however, complete listings of all births and deaths of that parish. Those records more recent are housed at the Office of Public Health. The Catholic churches throughout the state kept registers of christenings, marriages, and burials and were the recorders of Louisiana's early vital records. Many have been published. For marriage records for parishes other than Orleans, contact the Office of the Clerk of Court for that parish.

For birth records within the last 100 years and marriage and death records within the last fifty years, write:

Louisiana Department of Health
Vital Records Registry
Office of Public Health
325 Loyola Avenue
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160

For earlier records, write:
Louisiana State Archives
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Louisiana Department of Health - Vital Records

Louisiana Research Sources

Holmes, Jack D. L. A Guide to Spanish Louisiana, 1762–1806. New Orleans: Louisiana Collection Series, 1970.

Leland, Waldo G. Guide to Materials for American History in the Libraries and Archives of France. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute, 1932.

DeVille, Winston. "Louisiana." In Kenn Stryker-Rodda, ed., Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources. Vol. 2. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1983.

Archives, Libraries, Societies, and Other Resources

Louisiana Secretary of State
Division of Archives
Records Management & History

3851 Essen Lane
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Tel: 504-922-1200

Louisiana History and Genealogy Societies

Louisiana State Library
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 342-4923

Louisiana State Museum

New Orleans Public Library


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