Good Links Outside of Our Walls
New Orleans Public Library

Genealogy
Local Links (recommended for researching ancestors from New Orleans or Louisiana):

  • New Orleans Obituary Indexing Projects
    On this page you will find links to or information about local obituary indexing projects outside the New Orleans Public Library.

  • Acadian-Cajun Genealogy
    Provides information on the history and genealogy of the Acadian and Cajun people.
  • Baton Rouge Obituaries
    "These files contain indexes for obituaries from the Baton Rouge Louisiana newspapers from 1952-1959 and 1980-1991."
  • Chalmette National Cemetery burial records
  • Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane
    The website for the non-profit support group for the Louisiana State Archives includes a wealth of materials of interest to Louisiana genealogists, including a searchable index to Le Raconteur, the organization's quarterly journal.
  • Confederate Pension Applications Index Database
    From the Louisiana State Archives. An index to applications for pensions that were granted to Louisiana Confederate veterans and widows beginning in 1898
  • County Formation and Census Maps for Louisiana
  • Digital Library on American Slavery
    "The Digital Library on American Slavery offers data on race and slavery extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents and processed over a period of eighteen years. The Digital Library contains detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites." Includes numerous records from Louisiana.
  • Epidemic Summer
    From the Orleans Parish Genweb volunteers, a transcription of this 1853 source, which lists "interments in all cemeteries of New Orleans, from the first of May to the first of November, 1853, together with names and ages of deceased, places of nativity, causes of deaths, dates of interment and name of cemetery in which interred." Many of those included died during the great Yellow Fever epidemic of 1853. Also here are lists of victims of the 841 and 1878 epidemics in New Orleans.
  • Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans
    The home page of New Orleans' oldest genealogical society, the publishers of the New Orleans Genesis.
  • German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society
    Website of organization devoted to genealogical research in St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist Parishes.
  • The German Churches of New Orleans: An Inventory of Records
    "This inventory is an attempt to help researchers learn what records still exist and where to find them."
  • Greenwood & Cypress Grove Cemeteries
    History of the cemeteries and other information. Burial records are searchable from 1910-present.
  • Jefferson Genealogical Society Website
    Includes general information about JGS, membership eligibility and benefits, and a list of special interest groups available to members.
  • Lafayette Cemetery Research Project
    Inventory and cross-index (by family name, etc.) to plaques and tombs in Lafayette I. By Fred Hatfield and the Lafayette Cemetery Research Project. See also www.lafayettecemetery.org
  • Louisiana Clerks of Court
    This site gives the names, addresses and phone numbers of the clerks of court in each Louisiana parish.
  • Louisiana. Office of the State Registrar
    For information on Louisiana birth records (less than 100 years old), death records (less than 50 years old), and Orleans Parish marriage records (less than 50 years old).
  • Louisiana State Archives, Research Library
    One of the finest genealogical resources in the state.
    • Louisiana Vital Records
      Search for New Orleans marriage certificates and Louisiana death certificates, through the Louisiana State Archives' databases.
  • Louisiana USGenWeb Pages
    Louisiana pages from the USGenWeb Project, "a loosely organized group of volunteers working to create a center for genealogical research for every Country in the United States." See especially the Louisiana Archives section of the site.
  • New Orleans Obituary Indexing Projects
    On this page you will find links to or information about local obituary indexing projects outside the New Orleans Public Library.
  • Notre Dame Archives Calendar
    Summaries of individual documents in the University of Notre Dame archives, arranged chronologically, including numerous documents relating to early New Orleans residents.
  • Online Louisiana Death Records & Indexes
    This page serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of indexes to death records found online (including some here at NOPL).
  • Orleans Parish USGenWeb Page
    Home of the indefatigable NOVA Volunteers, who have added a treasure-trove of genealogical information relating to New Orleans and Algiers to this page.
  • Passengers Arriving at the Port of New Orleans, January 1 thru July 7, 1851
    From the Louisiana State Archives, this list fills in part of the existing 1851-1852 gap in indexing of the New Orleans Passenger arrivals.
  • Roots-L Louisiana Page
    Includes an excellent list of Louisiana resources online plus searchable databases which give you the e-mail addresses of others searching for surnames or researching certain geographical locations. The Roots-L Home Page includes a similar list for each U.S. state, information on how to subscribe to the Roots-L mailing list, several valuable indexes and additional links.
  • Slave and Free People of Color Baptisms in the Archives, 1783 - 1801
    From the Archdiocese of New Orleans, PDF images of baptismal records for slaves and free people of color, recorded at the St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans (in Spanish).
  • St. Bernard Parish Clerk of Court
    Search for 20th-century records held in the St. Bernard Parish courthouse, including marriages (from 1925) and conveyances (1967-present)
  • St. Dominque Civil Records From the Archives Nationales d' Outre-Mer (in French and in progress), extant sets of registers for 59 parishes of Saint-Domingue, ca. 1666-1809.
  • St. Domingue Page
    August Elmwood, long-time St. Domingue researchers shares the information she has collected "about the history and genealogy of the French colony of Saint-Domingue." Includes a link to the homepage of the St. Domingue Interest Group.
  • St. Tammany Parish Obituaries
    Online index to St. Tammany obits (1999-2001) from the St. Tammany Parish Library.
General Links:

  • African American Cemeteries Online
    A volunteer project to transcribe tombstone markers in African American cemeteries country-wide. Includes cemeteries from Louisiana.
  • Afrigeneas
    A "mailing list focused on genealogical research and resources in general and on African ancestry in particular. This page serves as a focal point for information about African-ancestored families and for pointers to genealogical sources worldwide."
  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
    AAHGS is dedicated to the encouragement of scholarly studies in both academic, local, and family history of all ethnic groups with particular focus on African Americans.
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists
    The Board's mission is "To foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard." The site includes a list of certified genealogists and offers good, useful articles. For those who are serious about genealogy.
  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records Automation web site
    This site provides "live database access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. Image access is provided to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908."
  • Census Online
    "The web's largest directory of links to online census transcriptions! This directory includes links to federal censuses and indexes, state and territorial censuses, tax lists, voter lists, military pensioner lists, etc."
  • Census Research for Genealogists
    This site provides comprehensive information about each of the federal censuses.
  • Censuslinks
    Links to online census data worldwide
  • Christine's Genealogy Website
    Dozens of useful links for African-American genealogy.
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
    A database containing basic information about Union and Confederate servicemen who served during the Civil War.
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
    One of the (if not THE) most comprehensive list of genealogy links on the web.
  • Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive
    Dead Fred presents a "searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost family."
  • Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the U.S.
    State-by-state listing of genealogy libraries countrywide.
  • Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals
    Search for your immigrant ancestors, if they arrived at Ellis Island.
  • Encyclopedia of Genealogy
    "The Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a compendium of genealogical tools and techniques. It provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people. Look to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy to provide explanations of how to look up your family tree, explanations of terms found in genealogy research, including obsolete medical and legal terms. It will describe locations where records may be found. It also will describe how to research Italian, German, Polish, French-Canadian, Jewish, Black, Indian and other ancestors. In short, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy will serve as your standard genealogy reference manual."
  • FamilySearch
    The wonderful website of the Genealogical Society of Utah (the Mormons). See also the FamilySearch Beta site, which allows searching of original records world wide.
  • Federal Agency Websites with Information Useful in Genealogical Research
    From the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Federation of East European Family History Societies
    "THE Pioneer Web Portal for Central and East European Genealogy"
  • French-Canadian Surnames
    Variations in spelling and Anglicanization of French-Canadian surnames, from the American-French Genealogical Society.
  • Generating American Soundex Codes
    Find the Soundex code for your name.
  • GENUKI: United Kingdom & Ireland Genealogy
    The British Isles' version of the U.S. GenWeb Project
  • Heraldica
    "A site devoted to heraldry (the study of coats of arms) in all forms and in all places"
  • Interment.net
    "Search and browse cemetery burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the world."
  • Irish Genealogical Society, Intl.
    Featuring advice, history and loads of links to Irish genealogy sites.
  • Italian Genealogy.com
    Useful links for those researching Italian ancestry.
  • JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy
    This freewebsite features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.
  • National Genealogical Society
    Useful tips and links from one of the largest genealogical societies in the world.
  • National Gravesite Locator
    Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
  • Obtaining EDs for the 1900-1940 Censuses in One Step (Large Cities)
    An easy way to determine the enumeration district for a street in New Orleans or in other large cities.
  • The Olive Tree Genealogy
    dedicated to providing FREE genealogical data online
  • One-Step Portal for On-Line Genealogy
    This site, by Stephen P. Morse, "offers many search capabilities not found in the usual offerings from Ancestry.com, RootsWeb, the Ellis Island online database, or the Social Security Death Indexes. The "One-Step Portal" does not have its own databases. Instead, it performs better and more efficient searches of other databases than what the original database providers provide."
  • RootsWeb
    One of the older genealogy websites, providing hundreds of valuable links.
  • Vital Records Information--United States
    Iinformation about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States


See also:

Louisiana Division
NOPL's genealogy collection is housed here.

City Archives/Special Collections
Additional material of genealogical and historical interest can be found here.

Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library's Louisiana Division and City Archives
The prize-winning guide to our collections.

African-American Resource Center
The AARC also houses genealogical material.


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Updated 7/16/2013