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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1866 to 1963.<br>
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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.
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For an alphabetical index of records currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1931391/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
The collection covers the years 1866 to 1936.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.}}
  
== Record Description  ==
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[[Louisiana State Penitentiary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes&nbsp;registering convicts admitted to the prison.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The key genealogical facts in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
 
The key genealogical facts in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
[[Image:Louisiana State Penitentiary Records Page 1 DGS 5147276 8.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
 
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*Name of prisoner  
 
*Name of prisoner  
*Date of entry in the report, list, or ledger
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*Age, height and weight
*Reason for entry in the repost, list, or ledger  
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*Physical description including color of eyes, hair and identifying marks
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*Marital status
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*Reason for entry in (offense)ledger  
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*Term of imprisonment
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*Level of education
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*Literacy
 
*Birth date and place  
 
*Birth date and place  
 
*Death date  
 
*Death date  
 
*Burial date and place  
 
*Burial date and place  
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
*Age
 
*Physical description
 
*Names of relatives or friends
 
 
*Last residence prior to confinement  
 
*Last residence prior to confinement  
*Monies exchanged
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*Discharge or transfer date  
*Release or transfer date  
 
 
*Where transferred to
 
*Where transferred to
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search you will need to know the following:  
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Category ⇒ Select the Record Type, Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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<br>To begin your search you will need to know the following:  
  
 
*Full name  
 
*Full name  
 
*Approximate dates served
 
*Approximate dates served
  
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. You may also want to search the records of other prisons.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Correctional Institution Records" link which takes you to a list of parishes<br>⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Volume and Year Range" link which takes you to the images
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about 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. This information will often lead you to other records.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
For example:  
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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. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:  
  
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
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*Use the death date to search for a death certificate.
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*Use the death date and prior residence to locate mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
*Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.
*Place of enlistment or previous residence may lead to other military or pension records. Be aware that Confederate pensions were awarded by the individual states.
 
*Prisoners who enlisted in the United States military may have service records or pensions from the United States.&nbsp;
 
  
You may also find these search tips helpful:
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
 
*Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.  
 
*Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
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*If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. You may also want to search the records of other prisons.  
== Record History  ==
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*Record accuracy depends largely on the accuracy of the document authors and may be subject to inacurracies.
 
 
The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.  
 
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
 
The records were created as a way to track convicted offenders.  
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
Record accuracy depends largely on the accuracy of the document authors and may be subject to inacurracies.  
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana Vital Records]]  
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[[Louisiana Vital Records]]  
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
 
 
== Sources of information for This Collection  ==
 
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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"Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1936: images, ''FamilySearch'' ([htps://familysearch.org]&nbsp;: accessed 2 May 2012). Henry C. Ross, age 19; Correctional institution records&gt;Convict records vol 035 no 21401-22050&gt;image 1; Louisiana State Penitentiary, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.  
  
 
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Record Description

This Collection will include 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.

For an alphabetical index of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts 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

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Category ⇒ Select the Record Type, Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.


To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • Full name
  • Approximate dates served

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Correctional Institution Records" link which takes you to a list of parishes
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Volume and Year Range" link which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

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. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Use the death date to search for a death certificate.
  • Use the death date and prior residence to locate mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. You may also want to search the records of other prisons.
  • Record accuracy depends largely on the accuracy of the document authors and may be subject to inacurracies.

Related Websites

Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wikipedia

Related Wiki Articles

Louisiana Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1936: images, FamilySearch ([htps://familysearch.org] : accessed 2 May 2012). Henry C. Ross, age 19; Correctional institution records>Convict records vol 035 no 21401-22050>image 1; Louisiana State Penitentiary, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.