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Many people today are interested in learning more about their past and their ancestors. As a result Genealogy is one of the most common terms in search engines on the World Wide Web. For those who are new to the world of Genealogy, there are many ways one can find information regarding their ancestors. Some of the most common forms of public records used for genealogy are:
For Birth Records
For Louisiana birth records from 1907 to the present, you can contact the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. Interestingly though, these records are kept by the Vital Records Registry, but are instead under the charge of the Louisiana State Archives. This agency has an immense collection of birth records, some of which date back more than two hundred years.
For Death Records
In Louisiana death records from past 50 years, are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. But older death records are kept by the Louisiana State Archives. While this might seem strange, it makes more sense when you consider the immense number of Louisiana death records that there are. In some parishes, records date back all the way to 1804.
There are very few places in the world quite like Louisiana. It is a place where thousands of people move to from other places and retire to and it is a place that has done an excellent job of putting many newspaper and library databases online. If you are looking for Louisiana Obituaries, consider just a few of the following links.
RootsWeb has a page dedicated to the Baton Rouge area where you can look up listings from the 1950's and from 1980-1991. The USGenWeb Archives have a page dedicated to the amazing city of New Orleans. You can search listings extracted from various area newspapers, including the Times-Picayune. The Washington Parish Library offers listings from all over Washington Parish, including snippets taken from a half dozen local newspapers.
Other than these main areas, many local libraries and local newspapers have archives online that you can search through, but many charge a small fee or haven't been updated in a while. You may be better off contacting the newspaper in the area you are searching by phone to see what they can send you via snail mail. Louisiana is a place where time moves a bit slower and the locals here wouldn't want it any other way.
Marriage records from the state of Louisiana begin as early as 1830. The Louisiana Vital Records Registry hold records for the Orleans Parish. The other 63 parishes each keep their own marriage records through the clerk of court.
Louisiana Genealogy Records
Office of Public Health
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160