Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960 .
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Collection Time Period

The collection covers the years 1910 and 1960.

Record Description

This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960.

Orleans Parish began keeping birth records in 1790, death records in 1804, and marriage records in 1834. Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1914 and delayed registration of births in 1939. There is no statewide registration of marriages.  For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Louisiana.  Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960. Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. FHL digital images, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in the birth records usually contain the following information:

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  • Child’s name
  • Child’s sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Race
  • Whether stillborn or living
  • Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' race
  • Parents' residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Name and address of person reporting the birth

The key genealogical facts found in the marriage records contain the following information:

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  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Race of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Birthplace of bride and groom
  • Number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Date intent was filed
  • Officiator
  • Officiator’s residence
  • Officiator’s title
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Parents' residence
  • Parents' race
  • Parents' occupation
  • Parents' birthplace

The key genealogical facts found in the death records usually contain the following information:

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  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Birthplace
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Birth place
  • Name of parents
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Name of spouse
  • Cause of death
  • Name of person reporting the death
  • Address of person reporting the death
  • Undertaker
  • Undertaker’s address

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Why the Record Was Created

These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

Record Reliability

These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910-1960," digital images, ‘’FamilySearch’’ (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 March 2012), Orleans Parish > Marriage certificates, 1960, no. 4751-5023 > image 1 of 5045, Larry Alvin Guidry and Barbara Ann Vance, 14 December 1960; Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

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