Birth certificates are now available at more than half of the parish courthouses. Contact clerk of court in your parish. Certificates will be issued in a short-form card size for $14 and in the traditional long-form size that costs $24.
Books on general histories, census indexes, immigration schedules, church records, and family histories are available in the library. Also located in the research library, is a computerized database of more than two million names. The system provides census information, pedigree charts, international ancestral data, marriage information, a nationwide telephone index, and information based on Social Security filings.
Researchers may obtain any of the following vital records by visiting the Louisiana State Archives Research Library or may request the records by mail. The Archives maintains the following:
Orleans Parish birth records for 1819-1901 (births over 100 years ago)*
Orleans Parish marriage records for 1870-1951 (marriages over 50 years ago)** (Index for 1831-1869, but no records)
Orleans Parish death records for 1819-1951 (deaths over 50 years ago)*
Statewide death records for 1911-1951 (deaths over 50 years ago)*
*The only birth records that are currently available at the Archives
prior to 1901 are from Orleans Parish. The only death records currently
available prior to 1911 are from Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. Records
from Orleans are filed separately from the combined statewide listing of
all the other parishes in the state. Records prior to the dates listed
above are probably nonexistent unless the parish where the birth or death
occurred kept such a record. If the person being researched was Catholic,
birth and death information would probably be shown in the records of the
church or diocese where that person lived.
The archive charges $5.00 for a certified copy which includes a three year search per surname. Fees must be retained for both successful or unsuccessful searches. Searches are processed by a given year; therefore a name, place and date, or a span of three years is required to research request.
The Research Library is open Monday-Friday from 8am until 4pm; Saturday from 9am until 5pm; and Sunday from 1pm until 5pm.
Louisiana State Archives
611 Versaillies Blvd
Alexandria, LA 71303
Hours: T,W 6pm-9pm; Th 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Closed 2 weeks over Christmas & New Years
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