Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is also important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.
For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries.
Louisiana Cemetery Records
|Resource (sortable)||($)||Information Available|
|Ancestry.com||($)||Death, burial, cemetery and obituary records search.|
|BillionGraves||Free||Headstone records, photos of headstones and accurate GPS locations of graves.|
|Find A Grave||Free||Millions of records with birth and death dates, photos, obituaries, bios and more.|
|Interment.net (Louisiana)||Free||Transcriptions of cemetery records, including cemeteries in Louisiana.|
|Louisiana Cemeteries||Free||Transcriptions, photos, maps and history covering 6,600+ LA cemeteries.|
|Louisiana Gravestone Photo Project||Free||Browse over 20,000 gravestone photo records from across Louisiana.|
|Louisiana Tombstone Transcription Project||Free||Cemeteries and photo transcriptions listed by Parish.|
|USGenWeb Archives Digital Library||Free||Information includes births, marriages deaths and wills.|
|USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)||Free||Headstone records, photos of headstones and accurate GPS locations of graves.|
Louisiana Cemetery Photos
|Resource||Type of Photos|
|Louisiana Cemetery Preservation flickr pool||Headstone photos from Louisiana cemeteries.|
|Louisiana Cemeteries flickr group||Headstone photos from Louisiana cemeteries.|
Louisiana Cemetery Preservation and History
|Louisiana Cemetery Preservation Website||
|Louisiana Cemetery Preservation Blog||A place for collaboration about the preservation of our Louisiana cemeteries.|
|Louisiana Cemetery Preservation Message Board||A place for collaboration about the preservation of our Louisiana cemeteries.|
|Louisiana Cemetery Preservation Mailing List||A mailing list for the publication and documentation of cemeteries in Louisiana that are neglected, vandalized, endangered, not documented by USGS, hard to locate, or have historical significance. A primary goal is to collect and organize information for local cemetery preservation groups and possibly spur activity in cemetery preservation where there is no organized preservation group.|
|Louisiana Graveyard Rabbit||Charter member of the Association Of Graveyard Rabbits – an association dedicated to the academic promotion of the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones; and the social promotion of the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and the transcription of genealogical/historical information written in cemeteries.|
Print and Microfilm Abstracts
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection
Twenty-two volumes of Louisiana tombstone inscriptions were collected by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and deposited with the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. These were microfilmed in 1970 and are available at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 854861-63 and 855248-50). Another DAR collection containing tombstone inscriptions is described in the “Genealogy” section.
Family History Library
The Family History Library (FHL) has 210 microfilms of New Orleans cemetery records. These are listed in the catalog under: LOUISIANA, ORLEANS, NEW ORLEANS - CEMETERIES.