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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:  
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*Name of prisoner  
*Name of prisoner  

Revision as of 17:15, 20 January 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Collection Time Period

The collection covers the years 1866 to 1936.

Record Description

This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:

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  • Name of prisoner
  • Date of entry in the report, list, or ledger
  • Reason for entry in the repost, list, or ledger
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date
  • Burial date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Names of relatives or friends
  • Last residence prior to confinement
  • Monies exchanged
  • Release or transfer date
  • Where transferred to

How to Use the Record

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

  • Full name
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

You may also find these search tips helpful:

  • 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.

Record History

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

Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wikipedia

Related Wiki Articles

Louisiana Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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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: 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: 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: 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

"Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1936." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). Louisiana State Penitentiary, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. FHL digital images, 25,000 digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.