Louisiana State Penitentiary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Penitentiary Records
Collection years 1866-1963
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes penitentiary records from 1866 to 1963. This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison. The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:

  • Name of prisoner
  • Age, height and weight
  • Physical description including color of eyes, hair and identifying marks
  • Marital status
  • Reason for entry in (offense)ledger
  • Term of imprisonment
  • Level of education
  • Literacy
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date
  • Burial date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Last residence prior to confinement
  • Discharge or transfer date
  • Where transferred to

Collection Content

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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==  

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate age of the prisoner
  • The years in prison

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  2. Select the Record Type, Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

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  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963." Images. FamilySearch http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Baton Rouge.

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