It is the intent and purpose of LA Creole to educate the community about the Creole People through programs and conferences and to assist anyone interested in learning the stories of their Creole ancestors through genealogical research. Genealogy and research workshops are available to members and other interested parties to help them find their ancestors and their place in history.
A Few Resources
Available through LA Creole
• LA Creole Family Research Guide: How Do I Get Started? (.pdf)
The research guide, compiled by LA Créole members, explains where to find census records, church records and vital records and offers guidance on how to use them. It is a good tool to orient yourself to resources locally and on line.
• La Créole Journal (Tables of Contents)
The journal is published annually by the Louisiana Creole Research Association. Articles include historic events, original research, biographies and personal histories. The journals are included in association annual membership and available for purchase by non-members.
• La Créole Journal (Index)
The first nine issues of the Journal indexed to reflect the wide scope of research by members. Are your ancestors represented? Check it out!
Local Louisiana Resources
In order to ensure continued preservation of the sacramental registers held at the Archdiocesan Archives, these records are unavailable to those engaged in genealogical studies or family research. All requests for individual sacramental and cemetery records are handled by mail. Click the link for information regarding the procedure and a request form
This is the website of a Louisiana-based business that promotes Louisiana’s Latin culture, history, genealogy, and people and especially promotes the usage and growth of Kouri-Vini (Creole), an endangered language indigenous to Louisiana. It provides research-based blog posts as well as historical and linguistic information. Here you will find annotated slave censuses, indices of mixed-race marriages and christenings of people of color in St. Louis Cathedral, and much more. Researched genealogies
of dozens of Louisiana Creoles are available.
The Notarial Archives established its Research Center in September 1998, to provide a safer location for historical records formerly housed in the basement of the Civil District Courts Building. The Research Center allows access to records in a controlled, supervised environment with stacks and plat cabinets closed to the public. Experienced staff members serve the research community by providing guidance in architectural, historical, and genealogical searches.
1340 Poydras St · (504) 568-8577
Open to the public, weekdays 8:30am to 5pm
Additional Online Resources
Hint: some of the following resources require a paid membership in order to access information. In order to maximize usage, compile a list of items to be researched and subscribe for a limited-time. Many offer 30-day subscriptions.
Genealogybank.com is a collection of newspapers. Search many Louisiana newspapers, both historic and contemporary. This is a very good place to find obituaries, court cases, the issuance of marriage licenses, divorce decrees, and general news stories about your ancestors.
The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as firewalls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
The Louisiana collection comprises 107 maps including 8 from New Orleans issued between 1885 and 1896. See them here
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the America, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.
• Search the Voyages Database
• Examine Estimates of the Slave Trade
• Explore the African Names Database
The site includes introductory maps, a timeline and chronology.
While not specific to Creole research, this site has a comprehensive list of resources that encourages searching some unique sites that may include your Creole ancestors. (Our thanks to the young scholars at Colorado Springs Tutors
for bringing this site to our attention.)