Early American SIG #USA Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library #usa

Ellen Cleary <ellencleary@...>

(Moderator: the moderator of GerSIG asked me to post this message here, as
well as on GerSIG. I have already posted some information about this
recently in EA Sig, so if you feel this is better left unsaid, please omit
this message.)

The New Orleans Public Library has a Louisiana Division which houses a large
collection of genealogical materials as well as the New Orleans City
Archives. Their collection is described in detail on their website:

New Orleans, as you probably know, is divided into parishes, rather than
counties. Jefferson Parish is part of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

The Jefferson Parish Public Library also houses an excellent genealogical
collection and it is much easier to park there than it is at the New Orleans
Public Library.

The Jefferson Parish Public Libray's genealogical holdings include a more
up to date Orleans Parish birth index (through 1899) than the one at the New
Orleans Public Library; the Orleans Parish Marriage Index; the Orleans
Parish Death Index; the Passenger Index for the Port of New Orleans
1853-1899 and 1900-1952; the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports Supplemental
Passenger Index 1830-1874; and the Passenger Index for NY 1820-1846. (I
believe all of the actual passenger ship lists that are indexed are also
there.) the New Orleans City Directories, Louisiana censuses, New Orleans
newspapers (not as complete a collection as the New Orleans Public Library),
and military records.

They are in the process of cataloging some new materials acquired >from LDS
that include the Jewish cemetery headstones that were indexed by the WPA in
the 1930's. This is an invaluable addition, as it includes a cemetery that
has been destroyed and this is the only record of what was inscribed on the

This is not a comprehensive listing of what is available in the Jefferson
Parish Library. I am actually in the process of putting together a talk on
what materials are available here in New Orleans for the March meeting of
the Jewish Genealogical Society of New Orleans. I'll be happy to elaborate
on this topic after I have completed my groundwork for that talk.

Ellen Cleary ellencleary@earthlink.net
Kenner (New Orleans area) Louisiana

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