Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Search and Copy Services

Louisiana Division/City Archives
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 596-2610

Before you mail in a request, please read our General Guidelines carefully
for additional information on our policies and instructions on how to order copies and/or searches.

The Louisiana Division provides limited search and copy services for the following New Orleans resources.
Click on each link for details on fees and dates of coverage for each of these categoires:

Obituaries
Newspaper Articles
Court Records
Marriage License Applications/Certificates
City Directories
Naturalizations

Please enclose a check or money order (payable to New Orleans Public Library) to cover the total fee for the search(es) requested. We do not recommend that you send cash.


  • Obituaries (New Orleans newspapers only)

    For fuller information on ordering copies of obituaries found in our online Obituary Index, PLEASE LINK HERE.

    FEES:

    1. $2.00 per obituary (limit: 5 obituaries, not 5 names) if you provide exact references from our online Obituary Index or from other sources. Note: Date of death alone is not an exact reference. An exact reference means that you provide at least the name of newspaper and date obituary appeared in newspaper; also include page and column, if available.

      PLEASE NOTE:  If our online Obituary Index lists several obituaries for an individual, we will not look at all of the referenced obits and send you the "best" or the "longest." We will copy the specific reference that you order. If you do not designate which of the several obits referenced you would like us to copy, we will choose one of them arbitrarily. If you only want one of the obituaries and aren't sure which to request, our Tips from the Staff page might help.

    2. $3.00 per name (limit: 5 names) if you wish us to search available indexing for an exact reference. This fee will provide one obituary only for each name requested. If we find multiple references to obituaries for a particular name, we will inform you of additional fees required to copy the additional obits and ask that you resubmit your request for those copies.

    The following indexes to New Orleans obituaries are available online:

    The Louisiana Division's Louisiana Biography/Obituary Index (1804-1972)
    The Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index references obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers from 1804-1972 and biographical information published in older Louisiana collective biographies. The original index, housed in the Louisiana Division of New Orleans Public Library, is an alphabetical card file of more than 650,000 names. The complete index is now available online.

    Other New Orleans Obituary Indexing Projects
    in addition to the Louisiana Division's Biography and Obituary Index. The various indexes listed at this link provide references to years not covered in our own index. If the person you are seeking is not listed in these indexes, DO NOT send a request to us. We will not be able to assist..

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  • Newspaper Articles (New Orleans newspapers only)

    FEES:
    $3.00 per name or subject (limit: 5 names or subjects)
    for articles found in the indexes listed below. This fee will provide one article. If we find multiple references to articles for a name or subject, we will inform you of additional fees required to copy the additional articles and ask that you resubmit your request for these articles. In there are many references, we will copy the index cards themselves and ask that you resubmit your request for the individual articles that you want copied.

    Louisiana News Index (1804-1963)
    Numbering more than 528,000 cards, this is a single alphabetical file of persons, places, and subjects indexing Louisiana-related articles in New Orleans newspapers. Included among the items indexed are marriage announcements appearing in the Daily Picayune between 1837 and 1857.

    Times-Picayune Index (1922-1944)
    An eight-roll microfilm copy of the newspaper's in-house clipping files is very useful in filling in some of the gaps in the Louisiana News Index.

    Bell & Howell/UMI Times-Picayune Index (1972-present)
    (This is an annual index. The fee for searching this index is
    $3.00 per name or subject, per year)

    PLEASE NOTE that the Times-Picayune is now indexed by a number of online services. Your library may subscribe to one of these services. Check locally before requesting a search through New Orleans Public Library.)

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  • Orleans Parish civil court records (including probate records)

    FEES:
    Please link here for information on fees and procedures for ordering court records from NOPL.
    (Limit: 5 records per order)
    Link here for information on our holdings in Orleans Parish court records.

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  • Marriage License Applications or Certificates (New Orleans only)

    FEES:
    $2.00 per record (limit: 5 records)
    if you provide an exact reference as found in the index listed below. (Note: Date of marriage alone is not an exact reference.)
    $3.00 per marriage (limit: 5 names; give the name of the bride, groom or both) if you wish us to search the index for an exact reference.

    Index to Justice of the Peace Marriage Records, 1846-1880
    A card index to the records, arranged by name of bride and groom. This index is not yet complete online; we will search the original, complete, card index for the $3.00 fee.

    PLEASE NOTE that if you are seeking New Orleans marriages after 1880 (but more than 50 years old), you must direct your request to the Louisiana State Archives. Orleans Parish marriage certificates less than 50 years old can be obtained only by relatives or descendants from the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry.

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  • City directories (New Orleans only)

    FEES:
    $3.00 per name, per year (limit: 1 name for 5 years or 5 names for 1 year each)
    $3.00 per address, per year (limit: 1 address for 5 years or 5 addresses for 1 year each)
    . Lookup by street address is not a feature of New Orleans city directories until 1938.

    Please link here for a list of New Orleans city directories available in the Louisiana Division.

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  • Naturalizations (New Orleans only)

    FEES:
    $2.00 per type of naturalization record (limit: 5 records)
    if you provide an exact reference -- i.e., name, type of naturalization record ( e.g., certificate, declaration of intention)court in which the record was filed, and date
    $3.00 per name (limit: 5 names) (if you wish us to search the indexes described below. The fee includes a search of both indexes. Unless you specify otherwise, we will provide the naturalization certificate; if we are able to locate a reference to a declaration of intention, we will inform you and ask that you submit an additional request for the declaration.

    Index to Petitions and Declarations of Intention, 1811-1985 from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [New Orleans]

    Index to Certificates of Naturalization Issued by Louisiana Courts, 1831-1906
    (Note:
    Although this index includes some references to naturalizations outside of Orleans Parish, we can provide copies to naturalizations in Orleans Parish courts only.)

    PLEASE NOTE that women were not subject to judicial naturalization proceedings during the 19th and early 20th centuries. They became citizens when their fathers/husbands were naturalized.

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    Revised 8/31/2010