Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Guide to New Orleans and Orleans Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

Orleans Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded April 10, 1805
County Seat New Orleans
Address 421 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. The County has New Orleans as its seat and the County was created 1718. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

Quick Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1718 1914 1805 1832 1805 1700s
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1914. General compliance year unknown. (website says 1918 births; 1911 deaths)

Parish Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Orleans Parish Courthouse
421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: (504) 592-9100
Fax: (504) 592-9128
Chief Deputy: (504) 592-9118

Clerk of Civil District Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1805.
Public Library has voter registration records, 1895-1941, city directories from 1805, and precinct books 1895-1952.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

New Orleans was founded about 1718 by Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville, then governor of the French Louisiana colony, who named the settlement for Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, then regent of France. In 1722 the town was made the capital of the colony. Following the partition of Louisiana between England and Spain in 1762-1763, New Orleans (called Nouvelle-Orléans) became the capital of Spanish Louisiana. The French citizens revolted against Spain and expelled the Spanish governor in 1768. The revolt was short-lived, however, and a show of force in 1769 reestablished Spanish rule. New Orleans was ceded secretly to France in 1800, and in the space of only twenty days (November 30-December 20, 1803) it was formally ceded first to France and then, by the terms of the Louisana Purchase, to the United States. Under American enterprise, development of the city was rapid.

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

Orleans Parish was created 10 April 1805 as an original parish.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps" (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]


Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Bible[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Orleans, Louisiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Parish
See Louisiana Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Orleans Parish cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 17,242
1820 27,176 57.6%
1830 46,082 69.6%
1840 102,193 121.8%
1850 116,375 13.9%
1860 168,675 44.9%
1870 191,418 13.5%
1880 216,090 12.9%
1890 242,039 12.0%
1900 287,104 18.6%
1910 339,075 18.1%
1920 387,219 14.2%
1930 458,762 18.5%
1940 494,537 7.8%
1950 570,445 15.3%
1960 627,525 10.0%
1970 593,471 −5.4%
1980 557,515 −6.1%
1990 496,938 −10.9%
2000 484,674 −2.5%
2010 343,829 −29.1%

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Louisiana denominations, view the Louisiana Church Records wiki page.

Catholic[edit | edit source]

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers


  • 1857-1937 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Baptism Index 1857-1937. Batch C726201 at FamilySearch - free.[6]


  • 1858-1905 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Marriage Index 1858-1905. Batch M726201 at FamilySearch - free.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Louisiana Land and Property for additional information about early Louisiana land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse where records are also currently housed.

Registrar of Conveyances
1340 Poydras Street
4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 592-9170
Fax: (504) 523-4320
Email: daleatk@orleanscdc.com

Registrar of Conveyances has records of all transfers of real estate dating back to 1827.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Louisiana Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:


- 1st Regular Battery, Louisiana Artillery
- 4th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
- 5th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
- 12th Battalion, Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Companies A and B
- 14th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
- Consolidated Crescent Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
- Fenner's Battery, Louisiana Light Artillery
- Green's Company, Louisiana Artillery (Louisiana Guard Battery)
- Hutton's Company, Louisiana Artillery (Crescent Artillery Company A)
- Miles' Legion, Louisiana Volunteers (Confederate) Company A
- Siege Train Battalion, Louisiana Artillery, Company C
- Watson Battery, Louisiana Artillery
- Holmes' Battery, Louisiana Light Artillery
- Washington Battalion, Louisiana Artillery, 1st Company, 2nd Company, 3rd Company, 4th Company, 5th Company and 6th Company.


- 14th Regiment, Maine Infantry, Companies B, C and H.
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle was fought in Orleans Parish:

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy clerk of the district court. Many of the probate records are included in the notarial records with the deeds and mortgages. In some parishes they are known as “succession” records.

See the Wiki page Louisiana Probate Records for more information about probate records in Louisiana.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Louisiana tax records can be used in place of missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Louisiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. Marriages were recorded by each parish, and the records are at the parish clerk of court office. See also How to order Louisiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

Louisiana Vital Records
1450 Poydras Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Information: (504) 593-5100
Marriage Licenses: (504) 593-5116

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Orleans Parish began keeping marriage records in 1718. The original Orleans parish marriage records are at the Office of Public Health. Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Unsorted[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical Research Society Of New Orleans
    PO Box 51791
    New Orleans, LA 70151
  • Genealogy West
    5644 Abbey Dr.
    New Orleans, LA 70130-3808
  • Multicutural Genealogical Society
    4310 St. Anthony Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70122-310
  • Algiers Historical Society
    Email: cockney@bellsouth.net
    The organization is devoted to researching the history of Algiers and its people.
  • The Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) of New Orleans
    The JGS is a non-profit organization for those who desire to research their Jewish roots in Louisiana and worldwide.
  • La Creole Research Association
    A New Orleans based non-profit family research organization dedicated to the study of the history and culture of the Creoles of Color of Louisiana through ancestral research, education, and celebration.
  • Louisiana Historical Society
    428 Hector Ave
    Metairie, La. 70005-4412
  • Louisiana Historical Association
    101 LSU Student Union
    LSU Box 25435
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Orleans, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Page 289-293 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 267-268.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed.Orleans Parish, Louisiana p291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "New Orleans," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans, accessed 6 January 2020.
  5. Dick Eastman, "New Orleans Archdiocese Publishes Online Baptism, Marriage Records of Slaves," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 1 February 2011.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/c2/Igilouisiana.pdf.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
Source: "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia," Volume 17, page 313