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E-resources & Databases

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Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections

Explore the resources of the Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections which houses information relating to the study of Louisiana and its citizens and to the city of New Orleans and New Orleanians. Other areas of concentration are the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South.

The Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections is also the official repository for the records of New Orleans municipal government (1769-present), and holds on deposit the pre-1927 records of the civil courts and the pre-1932 records of the criminal courts of Orleans Parish.


YMCA Educational Services (YES!) for Adults

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Click here to learn more about the Y's community and adult programs at the Library.

Geneology

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.