Louisiana genealogy buffs can indulge their interest in family history through the Louisiana family history centers. These facilities, located throughout the state of Louisiana, offer seemingly unlimited resources for tracing family heritage, including microfilm, print documents and computer research options. If you are brand new to the field of genealogy, the experienced volunteers that staff these offices are available to answer questions and provide the necessary training to use the facility with ease. Although the offices are run by the Louisiana LDS Churches, they are available free of charge to the general public. However, call before you visit a center to get the office hours for your specific location.
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Alexandria Louisiana Family History Center
611 Versailles Blvd
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Tue & Wed 6p-8p; Thu 9a-1p
Baton Rouge Family History Center
10335 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810
Tues, Sat 9:00-3:00; Wed, 9:00-1:00; Thur, 4:00-7:00
Denham Springs Family History Center
Denham Springs, Louisiana 70706
Tues, Wed 9:00-1:00 & 6:30-8:30; Thur, 9:00-1:00; Sat, 9:00-3:00
New Orleans Louisiana Family History Center
5025 Cleveland Pl
Metairie, Louisiana 70003
Tue, Wed, Sat 9a-12p; Tue & wed 6p-9p
Shreveport Family History Center
Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
Wed 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thurs 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sat 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Slidell Louisiana Family History Center
112 Rue Esplanade
Slidell, Louisiana 70461
Wed 9AM-3PM, Thur 6PM-9PM
Louisiana Genealogy Resources
Louisiana has always had a multi-cultural feel as its history is full of settlers of all types. With the early permanent settlement of Natchitoches in 1714, it also has had a long history. Brown Pelicans found along the coast have been almost a constant throughout the state's history, though they experienced extinction and rejuvenation - a theme through Louisiana's history. Though many are familiar with New Orleans and its vibrant history and reputation, there is much more to the state and many have traveled through Louisiana as a gateway either via arriving in its port or traversing it east-to-west.
Some great Louisiana specific genealogy resources that you definitely want to check out are:
1. Louisiana Archives, Research Library - the "heart and soul" of the LA State Archives, whether you can visit or access some of the online records - passenger manifests, confederate pension applications, select vital records and more.
2. Louisiana Cemeteries - great collection of links and information about over 6600 Louisiana Cemeteries.
3. Louisiana Division, City Archives & Special Collections (New Orleans Public Library) collects and makes available resources related to the study of Louisiana, New Orleans and nearby and includes many indexes invaluable to genealogical research.
4. LOUISiana Digital Library is an online library of over 144000 digital materials from various Louisiana institutions.
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