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The Daily Genealogist: Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

The Louisiana State Archives are located in Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana. The Archives have made vital records indexes available online. Click the Online Public Vital Records Index link to access the databases.

Louisiana Death Records
This index primarily covers 1911 through 1962; however, it does contain older records for some parishes. Certified copies of microfilmed death certificates from 1911 and later are available for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name, parish, age, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the deceased's last name. The data fields in the search results include year of death, age, month, day, name, parish, page and volume number, and a link to order a copy of the certificate.

Louisiana Birth Records
The birth records index covers 1819 to 1912, plus records for births as early as 1790 in Orleans County. It should be noted that the law in many parishes did not require the keeping of birth records until 1918; therefore, the index is not comprehensive. Certified copies of microfilmed birth certificates from 1819 to 1912 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the child, mother and father, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the child's last name. The data fields in the search results are year, month, day, baby name, mother's name, father's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.

Orleans Parish Marriage Records
The Orleans Parish marriages index covers 1831 through 1962. Certified copies of microfilmed marriage certificates from 1870 to 1962 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the bride or groom, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the groom's last name. The data fields in the index are year, month, bride's name, groom's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.



The Daily Genealogist: Influenza Epidemic Survey

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked if any of your ancestors lived in what is now New York City. 4,032 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    54%, Yes, at least one of my ancestors lived in what is now New York City.
•    35%, No, none of my ancestors lived in what is now New York City.
•    11%, I am not sure.

This week's survey asks if your family was affected by the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19. Take the survey now!


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