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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A list of resources for researching African American ancestors who lived in Louisiana.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • 1719-1820 Louisiana, Freed Slave Records, 1719-1820
  • 1719-1820 Louisiana, Slave Records, 1719-1820
  • 1719-1830 Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1719-1830 - This website provides a searchable database for African-Americans from the Louisiana area.
  • 1807-1860 New Orleans, Louisiana, Slave Manifests, 1807-1860 at Ancestry - index and images ($)
  • 1814-1843 Louisiana. Parish Court (Orleans Parish), Index to Slave Emancipation Petitions, 1814-1843
  • 1818-1860 A Partial Transcription of Inward Slave Manifests, Port of New Orleans (1818 to 1860), index
  • 1863-1878 U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878 at - index and images ($)
  • 1865-1872 United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872 at FamilySearch
  • 1865-1874 Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 at FamilySearch
  • Discover Freedmen - this site searches all of the Freedmen's Bureau record collections on FamilySearch altogether (and redirects there)
  • African American Digital Bookshelf - a growing list of digital books on FamilySearch and other websites
  • Louisiana African American Griot
  • Slave and Free People of Color Baptismal Records (Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Archives)
  • USGenWeb Project: African American Archives - links to transcriptions and indexes of various African American records in Louisiana
  • Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

    See these websites to learn more about African Americans in Louisiana history:

    See these books and articles to learn more about African Americans in Louisiana history:

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    GU272 Memory Project Genealogy and history of descendants of the 272 enslaved people sold by Georgetown University in 1838.

    Land and Property[edit | edit source]

    Plantation[edit | edit source]

    Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

    Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

    Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

    An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.

    Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:

    Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

    The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists. Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records. These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.[1] For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves.

    To find Freedmen's Bureau records:

    Other FamilySearch collections not included:

    Visit the African American Freedmen's Bureau Records page to learn more about utilizing these records.

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    The Freedmen's Bureau (1865-1872) was created by the US government to assist former slaves in the southern United States. One of their responsibilities was to record the marriages (past and present) of the former slaves. These records can be found in the collections below and include the lists of marriages that occurred previously, marriage certificates, and marriage licenses. The information contained on the records may include the name of the husband and wife/groom and bride, age, occupation, residence, year or date of marriage, by whom, number of children, and remarks.

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

    Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    The Amistad Research Center
    Tulane University
    Tilton Hall
    6823 St. Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Phone: (504) 862-3222

    The Amistad Research Center is the nation's oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent archive specializing in the history of African Americans and other ethnic groups.

    New Orleans Public Library
    219 Loyola Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Phone: (504) 596-2560

    The New Orleans Public Library has a large African American collection. See African-American Genealogy Sources for more information.

    River Road African American Museum
    406 Charles Street
    Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    Phone: (225) 474-5553

    Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives
    1600 Phoenix Square
    Hammond, LA 70403
    Phone: 985-542-4259

    Louisiana Digital Archives

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. "African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," National Archives, accessed 11 May 2018.