Enter a name to search for Louisiana birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Louisiana birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Louisiana birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Louisiana birth records, Louisiana birth ceritificates, Louisiana birth notices, Louisiana birth indexes, and other related Louisiana genealogy records.
Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Louisiana. We also suggest searching for "Louisiana birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Louisiana Birth Certificates
As of 1990, the state archive stores all birth records over 100 years old and death and marriage records over fifty years old. Some parish health departments have alphabetical birth and death indexes for their areas; they are not, however, complete listings of all births and deaths of that parish. Those records more recent are housed at the Office of Public Health. The Catholic churches throughout the state kept registers of christenings, marriages, and burials and were the recorders of Louisiana's early vital records. Many have been published. For marriage records for parishes other than Orleans, contact the Office of the Clerk of Court for that parish.
For birth records within the last 100 years and marriage and death records within the last fifty years, write:
Louisiana Department of Health
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (504) 568-5152.
For earlier records, write:
Louisiana State Archives
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