Genealogy research in the Ellender Archives
The Ellender Archives Genealogy Collection holds many resources useful in researching family history in Louisiana, including vital record indexes for our newspaper microfilm collection, church and parish records, local genealogical journals, archival collections, and local histories. See below for tips on conducting genealogical research in our collection.
Many of our records end in the early to mid-1900s, so it is a good idea to bring with you as much information as you have to get started. Find out the full names, birth dates, and birth places for older relatives whose ancestry you wish to trace, as well as any further information you can gather from family members on your genealogy. The names, dates of birth and death, and place of birth and death for your grandparents or great-grandparents are usually sufficient information to start compiling your family tree.
Focus on Louisiana
As a regional repository, the majority of our materials relate to family history in Louisiana (and specifically south Louisiana). We have a small number of materials relating to other regions that may help you start out-of-state genealogy, but for more extensive research you will need to contact libraries, archives, and records offices in those areas. We recommend contacting public libraries in your geographical areas of interest to see if they can put you in contact with a local genealogy group.
For questions and appointments, call the Archives at (985) 448-4620.
Contains vertical files of genealogical materials.
Contains notes, genealogical charts, and other collected materials documenting the history of the Daspit de St. Amant family.
Bound copies of genealogy charts from this collection are available in the Archives Reading Room.
Includes birth, death, and marriage records for Lafourche Parish. Bound copies of death notices pertaining to Lafourche Parish from this collection are available in the Archives Reading Room.
Includes information on local families, communities, schools, plantations, churches, and more.
Contains contains pedigree and lineage charts, family group sheets, family history excerpts, census and militia lists, newspaper clippings, and baptismal, marriage, and death certificates. See finding aid for a list of families included in this collection.
Bound copies of death notices pertaining to Lafourche and Assumption Parishes from this collection are available in the Archives Reading Room.
Newspaper holdings are grouped by publication location, and are retained in microfilm format unless otherwise indicated.
Lafourche Parish and Thibodaux
|Thibodaux Minerva||June 11, 1853 - June 7, 1856|
|June 11, 1853 - June 7, 1856 (online)|
|La Sentinelle de Thibodaux||Feb. 7, 1863 - June 2, 1866 (online)|
|Weekly Thibodaux Sentinel||Aug. 1865 - May 25, 1907 (Vital records index available in Archives Reading Room)|
|Jan. 1, 1876 - Feb. 26, 1898 (online)|
|Jan. 6, 1900 - Dec. 26, 1903 (online)|
|Thibodaux Sentinel||June 1, 1907 - Dec. 7, 1912 (Vital records index available in Archives Reading Room)|
|Jan. 4, 1908 - Dec. 7, 1912 (online)|
|Commercial Journal||Mar. 9, 1910 - Feb. 8, 1911|
|Thibodaux Commercial Journal||Mar. 9, 1910 - Dec. 7, 1956|
|Mar. 9, 1910 - Dec. 30, 1922 (online)|
|Lafourche Parish Press||Jan. 7, 1959 - Dec. 27, 1961|
|Lafourche Weekly Press||Jan. 3, 1962 - Dec. 21, 1965|
|Lafourche Comet||Jan. 7, 1892 - May 30, 1968|
Jun. 4, 1968 - present (recent issues retained in print)
(Vital records indexes for 1950 - 2000 available in Archives Reading Room)
Terrebonne Parish and Houma
|Houma Courier||Jan. 2, 1970 - Sept. 11, 1970|
|Jan. 18, 1879 - Oct. 30, 1920 (online)|
|Houma Daily Courier and the Terrebonne Press||Sept. 14, 1970 - Oct. 31, 1982|
|Houma Daily Courier||Jan. 2, 1983 - Oct. 30, 1992|
|The Daily Courier (Houma, La.)||
Nov. 1, 1992 - present (recent issues retained in print)
(Vital records indexes for Houma newspapers from 1855- 2015 available in Archives Reading Room)
|Le pionnier de l'Assomption||Sept. 8, 1850 - Dec. 10, 1855 (online)|
|Pioneer of Assumption||Sept. 8, 1850 - Dec. 10, 1855|
|June 16, 1877 - Dec. 29, 1894|
|June 16, 1877 - Dec. 27, 1879 (online)|
Jan. 12, 1895 - present (recent issues retained in print)
(Vital records index for Sept. 8, 1850 - Dec. 28, 1912 available in Archives Reading Room)
|New Orleans Bee||Jan. 1, 1858 - Dec. 30, 1881|
|New Orleans Democrat||Dec. 19, 1875 - Aug. 31, 1876|
|Dec. 19, 1875 - Aug. 31, 1876 (online)|
|New Orleans Evening Democrat||Sept. 1, 1876 - Jan. 31, 1877|
|New Orleans Daily Democrat||Feb. 1, 1877 - Mar. 31, 1880|
|New Orleans Democrat||Apr. 1, 1880 - Dec. 3, 1881|
|New Orleans Times||Jan. 1, 1881 - Dec. 3, 1881|
|Daily Picayune||Nov. 1, 1860 - Dec. 23, 1881|
|Jan. 26, 1885 - Feb. 3, 1893|
|Dec. 5, 1909 - May 11, 1914|
|Times-Picayune||May 13, 1914 - May 31, 1980|
|Times-Picayune, The States Item||June 1, 1980 - Sept. 30, 1986|
|Times Picayune||Oct. 1, 1986 - present (recent issues retained in print)|
|Full text of Times-Picayune (1837-1922) available from America's Historical Newspapers|
|Morning Advocate||Jan. 1, 1939- Dec. 31 1991|
|Advocate||Jan. 1, 1992 - Oct. 11, 2013 (recent issues retained in print)|
State of Louisiana
|Progress||March 1930 - March 1940|
Looking for a title, city, or parish you don't see here?
Check the full list of digitized Louisiana newspapers available online from the Library of Congress (1836-1922).
The Archives Genealogy Collection includes many publications that provide vital records, local history, and other information useful in genealogical research. This list represents a small selection of frequently used titles, and the search box below can be used to find additional resources. Publications on this list are located in the Archives Reading Room unless otherwise indicated.
Vital Records and Indexes
South Louisiana Records: Civil and Church Records (1794-1920) by Rev. Donald Hebert
Southwest Louisiana Records: Civil and Church Records (1756-1905) by Rev. Donald Hebert
Immigration files of Southwest Louisiana, 1840-1929 : Naturalization Records by Rev. Donald Hebert
Terrebonne Lifelines (bound newsletters 1982-2015; index for 1982 - 2001 available on CD-ROM)
U.S Census, Lafourche Parish, LA (1850-1900 available as bound copies in the Archives; all years available on microfilm in Government Information)
Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church records (1707-1905)
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index by P. William Filby. Guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
Printed Funeral Notices, Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish (1870-1900). Bound copies of death notices from our archival collections.
Printed Funeral Notices, Assumption Parish (1870 and later). Bound copies of death notices from our archival collections.
Statement of the Sugar and Rice Crops Made in Louisiana (1844-1862). Listing of sugar and rice planters with location of farms.
I Dug Up Houma, Terrebonne by Helen Wurzlow (vol. 1-7, index, and photo index)
The Lafourche Country (vol. 1-3) by John Doucet and Stephen Michot. Essays on Lafourche Parish families, history, and culture.
Know some family names you'd like to start researching?
Books on the history of specific families are also available in the Archives Reading Room. Search the Ellender Library Catalog below to see if a written history exists for a family name you are researching:
Visit the following websites for more information about genealogical research:
Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index (New Orleans Public Library)
Resources for Genealogists (National Archives and Records Administration)
Louisiana Genealogy (Louisiana genealogical records organized by parish, town, and record type)
Find A Grave (Cemetery Records)
Civil War Soldier and Sailor Database (National Parks Service)
Lost Friends Database (Historic New Orleans Collection)
Family Search (Census and other records made available by the LDS Church. Requires creation of free account.)