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Guide to Genealogical Materials Home
Louisiana Library Connection Databases
Note on Vital Records
Civil Records (Parishes other than Orleans)
Orleans Parish Civil Court Records
Slavery, Free People of Color & Freedmen
Hospital & Insanity Records
Voter Registration Records
New Orleans Police Department Records
Records of Correctional Institutions
Appendix A: Ordering By Mail
Appendix B: Genealogical Periodicals
Appendix C: Soundex/Miracode System
Appendix D: Orleans Parish Civil Courts
Genealogy periodicals, often published by local or national genealogy organizations, can be
treasure troves of information not found elsewhere. Such periodicals publish a wide variety of
useful information including excerpts or transcriptions from original records, indexes, articles, news
of interest to genealogists, and help with research methodology.
The Louisiana Division subscribes to a number of periodicals from Louisiana. Among the most
important for New Orleans is New Orleans Genesis, published by the Genealogical Research
Society of New Orleans. The Division also subscribes to several national journals and several titles
devoted to computing and genealogy and has limited runs of out-of-state genealogy periodicals
donated by patrons.
A list of the Louisiana Division’s holdings in genealogy periodicals can be found in
Indexing for Genealogy Periodicals
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI), 1987-1993. Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen County Public Library,
1987-1993. 16 v.; Annual Supplements, 1987-1997.
This ambitious project provides access by locality and family name to over 2,000 genealogy periodicals published
between 1847 and 1985 with additional volumes being issued yearly. Family names are indexed if the entire
article is about one family. The record type – such as military, obituary, etc. – and the exact reference to the
particular issue of the periodical are given. Our subscription to PERSI was discontinued in 1997. GenR 929.1 P451
PERSI is available online at heritagequestonline.com, a subscription-only website. NOPL does not
currently subscribe to Heritage Quest.
- Genealogical Periodical Annual Index: Key to the Genealogical Literature, 1962-1991.
Heritage Books, Inc., 1962-1994.
Although the Library's collection of this index is not complete, the series indexes English language periodicals and
provides citations by surname, locality, and topical categories. Family names are indexed only when entire
articles relate to one family. Although the project has expanded through the years to the point where a recent
edition indexed over 300 titles providing almost 16,000 citations, coverage of individual titles is somewhat
inconsistent from year to year. The index ceased publication in 1994. GenR 929.1 G32
- Boling, Yvette. A Guide to Printed Sources for Genealogy and Historical Research in the
Louisiana Parishes. Published in cooperation with the Louisiana Genealogical and
Historical Society, 1985. Supplement, 1991.
The guides provide an index by parish to articles appearing in the state's genealogical and historical periodicals
for 1954-1990. For each parish, articles are listed by subjects such as cemeteries, censuses, churches, civil
records, deaths, history, newspapers, schools, etc. Other sections index statewide and out-of-state articles.
Maps showing the current Roman Catholic dioceses and changes in parish boundaries at various times are
provided. An additional feature of the supplement is an index to articles and book reviews on specific families.
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