How to Find Louisiana Birth Records

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Statewide registration of births began in 1911 in Louisiana.

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Births before 1911[edit | edit source]

Before 1911, no births were recorded by the state. Some individual parishes recorded births before 1911, notably Orleans Parish, which began in 1790. For further information on parish birth records, see Louisiana Vital Records or individual parish pages for specifics. You often must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Bible Records
Church Records
Census
Military Records

A limited number of birth records for various parishes are available at the following online database:

Louisiana Births Databases - Includes Indexes Only

Try: 1811-1830; 1854-1934 - At FamilySearch Free; Louisiana, Births and Christenings, 1811-1830; 1854-1934: Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Louisiana.
1905-1913, 1955-1963 - At FamilySearch Free; Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963: Name index and images for birth, marriage, and death records from the state of Louisiana.
1790-1916 from Louisiana Secretary of State Free; Orleans/Louisana Birth Records 1790-1916: Index only, certificates may be available upon request.
1796-1900 from USGen Web Free; Alphabetical Birth Indexes for Orleans Parish 1796 - 1900; incomplete
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Births after 1911[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of births began in 1911. Currently, there are no complete indexes to Louisiana birth records from 1911 to the present available online.


A limited number of birth records for this time period are available at the following online database:

Louisiana Births Databases - Includes Indexes Only

Try: 1811-1830; 1854-1934 - At FamilySearch Free; Louisiana, Births and Christenings, 1811-1830; 1854-1934: Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Louisiana.
Louisiana Births Databases - Includes Images and Indexes Only

Try: 1905-1913, 1955-1963 - At FamilySearch Free; Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963: Name index and images for birth, marriage, and death records from the state of Louisiana.

Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

With full names, dates and places of an event from your records or an index, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the Louisiana Department of Health or VitalChek.

Restrictions for ordering Louisiana birth certificates:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The adult child or adult grandchild of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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