Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Orleans Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded April 10, 1805
County Seat New Orleans
Address 421 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Quick Dates[edit | edit source]

Orleans Parish's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
  1708    1810  1832  1805 

Parish Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Parish seat: New Orleans [1]

Orleans Parish began keeping marriage records in 1718, land records in 1832, probate records in 1805 and court records in 1805.

Orleans Parish Civil Court
421 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records

History[edit | edit source]

New Orleans was founded about 1718 by Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville, then governor of the French Louisiana colony, who named the settlement for Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, then regent of France. In 1722 the town was made the capital of the colony. Following the partition of Louisiana between England and Spain in 1762-1763, New Orleans (called Nouvelle-Orléans) became the capital of Spanish Louisiana. The French citizens revolted against Spain and expelled the Spanish governor in 1768. The revolt was short-lived, however, and a show of force in 1769 reestablished Spanish rule. New Orleans was ceded secretly to France in 1800, and in the space of only twenty days (November 30-December 20, 1803) it was formally ceded first to France and then, by the terms of the Louisana Purchase, to the United States. Under American enterprise, development of the city was rapid.

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

Orleans Parish was created 10 April 1805 as an original parish.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Orleans Parish boundary changes.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Orleans Parish[edit | edit source]

Specific Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans BillionGraves

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1769 3,190
1785 4,980 56.1%
1788 5,331 7.0%
1797 8,056 51.1%
1810 17,242 114.0%
1820 27,176 57.6%
1830 46,082 69.6%
1840 102,193 121.8%
1850 116,375 13.9%
1860 168,675 44.9%
1870 191,418 13.5%
1880 216,090 12.9%
1890 242,039 12.0%
1900 287,104 18.6%
1910 339,075 18.1%
1920 387,219 14.2%
1930 458,762 18.5%
1940 494,537 7.8%
1950 570,445 15.3%
1960 627,525 10.0%
1970 593,471 −5.4%
1980 557,515 −6.1%
1990 496,938 −10.9%
2000 484,674 −2.5%
2010 343,829 −29.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Directories[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

The Historical Marker Database: Orleans Parish Markers - Photos, inscriptions and maps of historical markers in Orleans Parish

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]


Probate[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Algiers Historical Society: The organization is devoted to researching the history of Algiers and its people. Membership is $10 per year. For more information, emailor call Kevin Herridge at (504) 367-8461.
  • Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans - The organization was established in 1960 to foster an interest in family research and to encourage preservation of genealogical records in New Orleans, in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
  • The Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) of New Orleans - The JGS is a non-profit organization for those who desire to research their Jewish roots in Louisiana and worldwide.
  • Louisiana Historical Society - Founded in 1835, the Louisiana Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in the state.
  • La Creole Research Association - a New Orleans based non-profit family research organization dedicated to the study of the history and culture of the Creoles of Color of Louisiana through ancestral research, education, and celebration.

Libraries[edit | edit source]


Family History Centers
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Websites[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Thanks to the Orleans Parish Contributors
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Dick Eastman, "New Orleans Archdiocese Publishes Online Baptism, Marriage Records of Slaves," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 1 February 2011.

Source: "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia," Volume 17, page 313