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Louisiana Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Louisiana Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
(504) 568-5152  recording
Fax: (504) 568-5391

Make check or money order payable to Vital Records. Include phone number(s) and SASE in request.

Louisiana State Archives

3851 Essen Lane
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
(225) 922-1208

If no record is on file, a search fee equivalent to the cost of one copy of the record will be charged.

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Birth Card  $9.00  Since July 1914  Order Form

Birth Certificate $15.00

Death $5.00
From Vital Records Registry
Records for City of New Orleans are available since 1892.

$5.00  1804-1946  Order Form

Orleans Marriage Certificate  $5.00  Order Form
From Vital Records Registry

Birth  $5.00  1790-1897  Order Form
City of New Orleans only from the Louisiana State Archives

Marriage  $5.00  1870-1946  Order Form

Orleans Parish records only from Vital Records Registry or the Louisiana State Archives. For other parishes, certified copies are available from the Clerk of the Court in the parish where the license was issued.


Divorce records are available from Clerk of Court in parish where divorce was granted. Fees vary. Call Civil District Court, (504) 592-9100 .