Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
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|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||April 10, 1805|
|County Seat||New Orleans|
|Address|| 421 Loyola Avenue|
New Orleans, LA 70112
- 1 Description
- 2 Quick Dates
- 3 Parish Courthouse
- 4 History
- 5 Places / Localities
- 6 Resources
- 6.1 African American
- 6.2 Bible
- 6.3 Biography
- 6.4 Cemeteries
- 6.5 Census Records
- 6.6 Church
- 6.7 Court
- 6.8 Directories
- 6.9 Land
- 6.10 Local Histories
- 6.11 Maps
- 6.12 Military
- 6.13 Newspapers
- 6.14 Probate
- 6.15 Taxation
- 6.16 Vital Records
- 7 Societies and Libraries
- 8 Websites
- 9 Thanks to the Orleans Parish Contributors
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
Orleans Parish was created 10 April 1805 as an original parish.
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / Localities
- Slave and Free People of Color Baptismal Records in the Archives 1777-1801, available online, courtesy: Office of Archives: Archdiocese of New Orleans.
- Blassingame, John W. Black New Orleans, 1860-1880. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, . - xvii, 301 p. ill. Bibliography: p. 275-292 F378.N59 B42
- African American Resource Center - a reference division of the New Orleans Public Library
- Orleans Parish Bible Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Orleans Parish Biographies, A-M (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Orleans Parish Biographies, N-Z (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Orleans Parish Biographies (Genealogy Trails)
The following web sites may have additional information on Orleans Parish cemeteries.
- Interment.net Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
- African American Cemeteries ~ listing by county
- graveaddiction photos of cemeteries
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
- 1721 - Census of New Orleans (Genealogy Trails)
- 1850 - Orleans Parish 1850 Mortality Schedule
- Orleans Parish Census Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- 82 Census Links For Orleans Parish
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.
- Orleans Parish Genealogy - Churches
- New Orleans Churches.com - an historical photo album of historic places of worship in the New Orleans area.
- German Churches of New Orleans - an inventory of records
- Church Records of Orleans Parish (Genealogy Trails)
- Church Records of Orleans Parish (USGenWeb Archives)
Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers
- 1857-1937 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Baptism Index 1857-1937. Batch C726201 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1858-1905 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Marriage Index 1858-1905. Batch M726201 at FamilySearch - free.
- Digging Up Roots in the Mud Files: Sources for Family History Research in the Orleans Parish Civil Court Records
- Finding Aids, Inventories and Indexes for Orleans Parish Civil & Criminal Courts
- Orleans Parish Court Records (USGenWeb Archives)
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
- Fold3.com ($) has New Orleans City Directories 1861 and 1866-1923 (3 yrs. missing) available online.
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
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 592-9170
Fax: (504) 523-4320
Registrar of Conveyances has records of all transfers of real estate dating back to 1827.
- Guide to Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library's Louisiana Division & City Archives - Land records
- Interactive Search of Louisiana Land Records - interface to the pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents from the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Automated Records Project
- New Orleans Notarial Archives - government agency that files and maintains land records and other contracts recorded in Orleans Parish.
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.
- The Historical Marker Database: Orleans Parish Markers - Photos, inscriptions and maps of historical markers in Orleans Parish
- History.com: New Orleans
- LouisianaTravel.com: Historical stories of Louisiana
- Navy History and Heritage: Orleans Parish
- Orleans Parish History Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)
- Maps of Orleans Parish (with links to districts for neighborhood level data)
- Louisiana Parish Maps on Censusfinder.com - links to map of 1788 New Orleans Fire; 1798 plan of the City of New Orleans showing plantation ownership; 1819 map of New Orleans showing plantation owners; 1908 and 1924 New Orleans maps; Orleans Parish Cemetery maps.
- USGenWeb Archives Project - Maps of Orleans Parish
- Linkpendium - Orleans Parish Maps and Gazetteers
- zipmap.net- Google Map with an overlay of Zip Codes for Orleans Parish
- Guide to Genealogical Records in the New Orleans Public Library's Louisiana Division & City Archives - Military Records
- Linkpendium - Orleans Parish Military Records and Histories
- USGenWeb Archives Project - Orleans Parish War and Military Records
- 1861-1865 - Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1898-1950 - Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 at FamilySearch — images
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
The following Civil War battle was fought in Orleans Parish:
World War I
World War II
- 1940-1945 - Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945 at FamilySearch — index and images
- New Orleans Times Picayune
- Times Picayune Orleans Parish Obit Index - a project of USGenWeb Archives
- Chronicling America - Orleans Parish - Directory of Orleans Parish newspapers, Library of Congress website. The site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
- Louisiana Biography & Obituary Index If you do not live near Jefferson Parish, where you can easily access the obituaries from this collection at the Jefferson Parish Library, you can use GenealogyBank (paid site). You need to be aware that their index will not find very many Obituaries. Using this index you can find the date, page and column of the obituary you are looking for and then, using GenealogyBank, access the online obituary. Combining these two great assets you will have access to all of your obituaries.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
- General Index of all Orleans Parish Successions, 1805-1846 - (New Orleans Public Library City Archives)
- Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846 has a name index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images.The event date is the probate date. Description.
Online Probate Records
- 1756 – 1984 Louisiana Wills and Probate Records 1756-1984 at Ancestry.com Ancestry.com — index and images $
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.
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
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.
- 1900-1964 - Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1900-1964 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1837–1957 - Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- New Orleans Marriage Records
- USGenWeb Archives Project Yellow Fever Death Records - Lists of Interments in New Orleans cemeteries, 1828-1878
- Louisiana Vital Records - Searchable databases to help locate records maintained by the Louisiana Secretary of State (Louisiana death records, Orleans Parish birth records and Orleans Parish marriage records)
- Vital Records Registry, Louisiana - For information on Louisiana birth records (less than 100 years old), death records (less than 50 years old), and Orleans Parish marriage records (less than 50 years old).
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Societies and Libraries
Genealogical Research Society Of New Orleans
PO Box 51791
New Orleans 70151
5644 Abbey Dr.
New Orleans 70130-3808
Multicutural Genealogical Society
4310 St. Anthony Ave.
New Orleans 70122-310
- Algiers Historical Society: The organization is devoted to researching the history of Algiers and its people. Membership is $10 per year. For more information, emailor call Kevin Herridge at (504) 367-8461.
- 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.
- Louisiana Historical Society - Founded in 1835, the Louisiana Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in the state.
- 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.
- Libraries, Museums and Archives Links on Linkpendium
- Guide to Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library's Louisiana Division & City Archives
Family History Centers
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Orleans Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Family History 101 - History, records, facts, genealogy and ancestry links
- Orleans Parish Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Orleans Parish Genealogy Forum
- Orleans Parish Genealogy on Genealogylinks.net
- USGenWeb Archives Project - Orleans Parish - lots of information from the New Orleans Volunteer Association
- ePodunk - Orleans Parish Ancestry and Family History
- Orleans Parish Genealogy (Louisiana Genealogy)
- Orleans Parish Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Thanks to the Orleans Parish Contributors
Anyone can be a contributor. Contributors are people who write and edit the pages for FamilySearch Wiki. Thanks to the following contributors for helping to build this page (in alpha order). Help grow the wiki and add content today!
- Wikipedia contributors, "Orleans, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans."
- 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed.Orleans Parish, Louisiana p291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Dick Eastman, "New Orleans Archdiocese Publishes Online Baptism, Marriage Records of Slaves," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 1 February 2011.
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/c2/Igilouisiana.pdf.
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State