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This Collection will include records from 1866 to 1963.<br>
 
  
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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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
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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This collection includes penitentiary 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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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===To Browse 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.<br>
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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.}}
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
  
[[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.]]
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Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
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The key genealogical facts in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
 
  
 
*Name of prisoner  
 
*Name of prisoner  
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*Where transferred to
 
*Where transferred to
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
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
 
*Approximate dates served
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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:
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== How Do I Search the Collection? == 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the individual
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*The approximate age of the prisoner
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*The years in prison
  
*Use the death date to search for a death certificate.
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=== View the Images ===
*Use the death date and prior residence to locate mortuary, or burial records.
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1931391|Browse Page|access=waypoint}}''':<br>
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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# Select the '''Record'''
*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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# Select the '''Record Type, Volume and Year Range''' which takes you to the images.
  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===  
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
*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  ==
 
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_State_Penitentiary Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wikipedia]
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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*Use the information found in the record to locate the death record.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records. 
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Louisiana Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
[[Louisiana Vital Records]]
 
  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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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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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Penitentiary Records
Collection years 1866-1963
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes penitentiary 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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information 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

Collection Content

Sample Images

== How Do I Search the Collection? ==  

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate age of the prisoner
  • The years in prison

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record
  2. Select the Record Type, Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963." Images. FamilySearch
Image Citation:
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