Louisiana Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

Guides and General Works

Boling, Yvette Guillot. A Guide to Printed Sources for Genealogical and Historical Research in the Louisiana Parishes. Baton Rouge: 1985. Call # folio Z1289 .B7 1985.

Hebert, Timothy. Acadian-Cajun Genealogy: Step by Step. Lafayette, La.: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1993. Call # Local History Ref F380 A2 H43 1993 (2nd floor open shelf)

Hebert, Donald J. Southwest Louisiana Records. Eunice, La.: 1974-1994. Vol. 1-41. Call # Local History Ref F368 H42 (2nd floor open shelf)

African American Records

Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000. Call # Local History Ref CD-ROM E185.93.L6 A495 2000 (2nd floor open shelf).

Simpson, Jack., Rutherford, Matt., Thackery, David T.A. A Bibliography Of African American Family History At The Newberry Library. Chicago : The Newberry Library, 2005. Call # Local History Ref E185.96 .T44 2005 (2nd floor open shelf). See Louisiana section.


Goins, Charles Robert. Historical Atlas of Louisiana. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. Call # folio G1361 S1 G6 1995.


Conrad, Glenn and Charles Brasseaux. “Gone But Not Forgotten": Records from South Louisiana Cemeteries. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1983. Call # folio F368 .C67 1983


Federal census for 1810-1880 on microfilm, published statewide indexes for 1810-1870, and the statewide soundex index for 1880.The library holds the slave and mortality schedules of the 1860 census. The 1890 veterans schedule is available, and is indexed by: Dilts, Bryan Lee.

1890 Louisiana Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows. Call # Microfiche 551. All federal censuses and indexes available on 2nd floor; ask at the 2nd floor reference desk.


New Orleans directories for 1871, 1875, 1892, 1897, 1900, 1903, 1909-1917, 1920, 1922-1923, 1926, 1928. Shreveport, 1922-24. Monroe, 1921. No call number required. Request at 2nd floor circulation desk.

Land Records

Land records: AL, AR, FL, LA, MI, MN, OH, WI 1790-1907. Novato, CA: Brøderbund Software, 1996. Call # Local History Ref CD ROM 15 (see CD ROM station on 2nd floor). Index of land records for land sold by the Federal Government through the Government Land Office covering the period from the late-1700s to the early-1900s. Also available online.


Bergeron, Arthur. Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1989. Call # Local History Ref E565.4 B32 1989 (2nd floor open shelf.)

Booth, Andrew. Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers. Spartanburg, S.C.: The Reprint Company, 1984. Reprint of 1920 Baton Rouge edition. Call # Local History Ref E565.3 B66 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

DeVille, Winston. Louisiana soldiers in the American Revolution. Ville Platte, La.: Smith Books, 1991. Call # folio E263.L68 D4 1991.

Tax Records

U.S. Direct Tax Fund Commission. The Civil War Tax in Louisiana, 1865. New Orleans, Polyanthos, 1975. Call # F876. 919.

Vital Records

Bourquard, Shirley Chaisson. Marriage Dispensations in the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas: 1786- 1803. (New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1980). Call # F368 B68.

State Death Indices 1900-1949. Dataplex Corp.: 199?. Note: this index does not include New Orleans deaths. Call # microfilm 1220. See catalog for reel listing.

New Orleans Death Indices 1804-1947. Publication information same as above. Call # microfilm 1221.