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Guide to New Orleans and Orleans Parish Louisiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Orleans Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded April 10, 1805
County Seat New Orleans
Address 421 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Quick Dates

Orleans Parish's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
  1708    1810  1832  1805 

Parish Courthouse

Orleans Parish Courthouse
421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: (504) 592-9100
Fax: (504) 592-9128
Chief Deputy: (504) 592-9118

Clerk of Civil District Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1805.
Public Library has voter registration records, 1895-1941, city directories from 1805, and precinct books 1895-1952.[1]



New Orleans was founded about 1718 by Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville, then governor of the French Louisiana colony, who named the settlement for Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, then regent of France. In 1722 the town was made the capital of the colony. Following the partition of Louisiana between England and Spain in 1762-1763, New Orleans (called Nouvelle-Orléans) became the capital of Spanish Louisiana. The French citizens revolted against Spain and expelled the Spanish governor in 1768. The revolt was short-lived, however, and a show of force in 1769 reestablished Spanish rule. New Orleans was ceded secretly to France in 1800, and in the space of only twenty days (November 30-December 20, 1803) it was formally ceded first to France and then, by the terms of the Louisana Purchase, to the United States. Under American enterprise, development of the city was rapid.

Parent Parish

Orleans Parish was created 10 April 1805 as an original parish.

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Orleans Parish boundary changes.

Places / Localities



African American

Cemeteries of Orleans Parish

Specific Cemeteries

Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans BillionGraves

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1769 3,190
1785 4,980 56.1%
1788 5,331 7.0%
1797 8,056 51.1%
1810 17,242 114.0%
1820 27,176 57.6%
1830 46,082 69.6%
1840 102,193 121.8%
1850 116,375 13.9%
1860 168,675 44.9%
1870 191,418 13.5%
1880 216,090 12.9%
1890 242,039 12.0%
1900 287,104 18.6%
1910 339,075 18.1%
1920 387,219 14.2%
1930 458,762 18.5%
1940 494,537 7.8%
1950 570,445 15.3%
1960 627,525 10.0%
1970 593,471 −5.4%
1980 557,515 −6.1%
1990 496,938 −10.9%
2000 484,674 −2.5%
2010 343,829 −29.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Louisiana denominations, view the Louisiana Church Records wiki page.



Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers


  • 1857-1937 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Baptism Index 1857-1937. Batch C726201 at FamilySearch - free.[3]


  • 1858-1905 - Mt. Olivet Church, Algiers, Marriage Index 1858-1905. Batch M726201 at FamilySearch - free.[3]


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Louisiana Land and Property for additional information about early Louisiana land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse where records are also currently housed.

Registrar of Conveyances
1340 Poydras Street
4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 592-9170
Fax: (504) 523-4320
Email: daleatk@orleanscdc.com

Registrar of Conveyances has records of all transfers of real estate dating back to 1827.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Louisiana Local Histories.

The Historical Marker Database: Orleans Parish Markers - Photos, inscriptions and maps of historical markers in Orleans Parish



Civil War

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Orleans Parish.

Map showing Civil War battles in Louisiana.



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy clerk of the district court. Many of the probate records are included in the notarial records with the deeds and mortgages. In some parishes they are known as “succession” records.

See the Wiki page Louisiana Probate Records for more information about probate records in Louisiana.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.


Louisiana tax records can be used in place of missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Louisiana Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. Marriages were recorded by each parish, and the records are at the parish clerk of court office. See also How to order Louisiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

Louisiana Vital Records
1450 Poydras Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Information: (504) 593-5100
Marriage Licenses: (504) 593-5116

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Orleans Parish began keeping marriage records in 1718. The original Orleans parish marriage records are at the Office of Public Health. Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Societies and Libraries


  • Algiers Historical Society: The organization is devoted to researching the history of Algiers and its people. Membership is $10 per year. For more information, emailor call Kevin Herridge at (504) 367-8461.
  • Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans - The organization was established in 1960 to foster an interest in family research and to encourage preservation of genealogical records in New Orleans, in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
  • The Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) of New Orleans - The JGS is a non-profit organization for those who desire to research their Jewish roots in Louisiana and worldwide.
  • Louisiana Historical Society - Founded in 1835, the Louisiana Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in the state.
  • La Creole Research Association - a New Orleans based non-profit family research organization dedicated to the study of the history and culture of the Creoles of Color of Louisiana through ancestral research, education, and celebration.



Family History Centers


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

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  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed.Orleans Parish, Louisiana p291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Dick Eastman, "New Orleans Archdiocese Publishes Online Baptism, Marriage Records of Slaves," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 1 February 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/c2/Igilouisiana.pdf.
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
Source: "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia," Volume 17, page 313