Our Louisiana genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Louisiana, as well as help you with other special requests.
Louisiana State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Louisiana researchers have access to.
Louisiana State Archives (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The Louisiana State Archives are the perfect location for researching the history of the state and its people. It contains government records and private articles donated by citizens. The Research Library holds over 30,000 cubic feet of records, as well as books that cover general histories, census indexes, immigration schedules, church records, and family history. Some of the most sought after information at the archive are passenger manifestations from the Port of New Orleans and pension requests from Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.
State Library of Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The State Library of Louisiana holds a comprehensive collection of Louisiana materials and records with records on genealogical information. Their collection includes census records for the southeastern United States, ship passenger lists for the Port of New Orleans, and microfilm that holds military information as well as parish registers. They have family histories and genealogies from Louisiana and other southeastern states.
Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society was founded in 1953 “to collect, preserve, and make available genealogical and historical materials; to assist its members in tracing their ancestry; to ascertain the location of public and private records, that they may be made available to students of genealogy; and to aid in investigations of this nature.” They are the home of information of the First Families of Louisiana registry, which acknowledges those families who settled in the Louisiana area before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Louisiana Historical Society
The Louisiana Historical Society was founded in 1835 and is the oldest historical organization in the state. The society holds records from the colonial period in Louisiana, including Spanish and French records from before the Louisiana Purchase. These include the French Superior Council records and the Spanish Judicial Records of the Illustrious Cabildo (a local governing body). The society also created a museum to hold their colonial archives and thousands of other documents, paintings, and prints.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Historic New Orleans Collection has made its archives available to the public and is located in the Williams Research Center. Our researchers can examine over 30,000 items and more than two miles worth of documents and manuscripts here. The collection focuses on the history of colonial Louisiana, the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War, and life on the Mississippi River and plantations.
Louisiana State Museum (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Louisiana State Museum’s Historical Center houses records that were written before and after the Louisiana Purchase. These include judicial records such as the French Superior Council (1714-1769) and the Spanish Judiciary (1769-1803), and records regarding information on slaves that lived in the state. The information on slaves kept in the area not only includes African American slaves, but also slaves of Native American heritage who petitioned the local Spanish government for their freedom.
Hill Memorial Library (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The Hill Memorial Library holds the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC), which contains a variety of different materials that all focus on the history and culture of the Louisiana area as well as the Lower Mississippi Valley. Their collection contains over 10 million items. They also hold records from outside of the area, but their focus is in the region described above.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library contains an abundance of archival items and historical newspapers such as the Records of Ante-Bellum Plantations Collection and archives of the student newspaper “The Tulane Hullabaloo”, and the “Times-Picayune”, a newspaper run in New Orleans since 1837.
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Louisiana State University’s Middleton Library holds government records in their collection including federal government publications since 1907. They also have archives of 20th century Louisiana newspapers.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
The Cammie G Henry Research Center of the Northwestern State University of Louisiana is named after Carmelite “Cammie” Garrett Henry who collected Louisiana documents, as well as rare fictional and nonfictional books. The archives hold more than 3,000 maps from the early colonial period of the state to the present, as well as original issues of Louisiana newspapers.
African American Records in Louisiana
.There are several databases and archives in Louisiana devoted to African American genealogy records in Louisiana.
One genealogical site is the African American Resource Center at the New Orleans Public Library. As described in their mission statement, they are “dedicated to cultivating, educating, preserving, and providing access to resources describing people of African descent.” In addition to their archives and specialized books focusing on African genealogy, they also display several exhibits that educate the public about the study of people of African descent.
The Amistad Research Center can be found on the campus of Tulane University. It was founded to “document race relations and America’s racial and ethnic heritage.” Their collections focus on civil rights movements and the records of several minority groups, not just African Americans. Groups included are Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Their collection contains over 20,000 books and pamphlets as well as texts by authors of color.
Louisiana Records in Other States
National Archives (Fort Worth, Texas)
The National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas, also include several articles on genealogical information from Louisiana. We have researchers on the ground in Texas to examine these archives as well. The records located here have federal censuses from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas from 1790 to 1930. Other areas of focus include westward expansion, the Civil War and the Reconstruction Period, and information on the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles).
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation, and the list above is only a small sample of what they can help you with.