Louisiana Archives, Societies & Publications

It is a good idea to familiarize personally with just about any repository in Louisiana that you simply might travel to by communicating with to the best suited archive or library in advance.

Most, if not all, Louisiana repositories have written and published content that present its collections as well as research policy.

Louisiana archives and historical organizations usually have On-line sites that provide equivalent details. Several also contain down loadable data for some or parts of their collections.

List of Louisiana Archives

List of Louisiana Libraries & Museums

List of Louisiana Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both.

In addition to their own work, Louisiana groups many times help coordinate the efforts of local societies throughout the Louisiana.

Their unique publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those created through the area societies.

Regional and State Societies

Parish, Township and City Societies

Religious and Ethnic Societies

Louisiana Newspapers & Publications

Louisiana Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all types of invaluable information about specific ancestors, whole lineages and families, places in time, and about all sorts of genealogical records and repositories.

Most of the university and college libraries, as well as state archives and libraries, have large manuscript collections on file. Many of them can supply lists of their specific holdings.


Le Moniteur, which is thought to be the earliest newspaper published in Louisiana, originated in New Orleans. Very few issues of it are still extant today.

The Louisiana Newspaper Project, started by Louisiana State University, was responsible for cataloging and microfilming newspaper issues from across the state. The Hill and Middleton Memorial libraries at LSU and other libraries throughout the area have copies of those microfilmed records, and many are available through inter-library loan programs.


Genealogical journals provide you with plenty of sources of information and facts, they are generally overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in looking around for family history.

Many regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals which have records relating to the region or vicinity they operate.

Frequently these publications have articles involving records that are not obtainable somewhere else.

  • The Louisiana Genealogical Register – compiled and published by the state genealogical society
  • The New Orleans Genesis – the official publication of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans
  • Natchitoches Genealogist –