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General Information About Louisiana Death Records and Laws
Louisiana death records are available, but they can be hard to find. The recording of this data is sometimes limited or hard to find. In other cases, it is a matter of knowing where to look to get it, especially in Louisiana where there are numerous organizations collected this information. Keep in mind that obtaining this information is possible in most cases since the data is available to the public. However, gathering it can be a struggle if you have limited information available about the person you are looking for information on. The good first step is to understand the setup in Louisiana.
Most early death records in Louisiana were kept at local parishes. These parishes collected most vital records dating back through the 1800's and prior. However, for very old information, it may be necessary to gather this information from township clerks and local city organizations as well. These records simply were not collected in any sort of fashion beyond religious organizations and similar organizations through most of the 1800's, though. That can be limiting to those who are looking for these details for a long family history in the country. However, there may be other options available.
In Louisiana, death records are available at the state level for most deaths from 50 years ago. The state does not have a long history of gathering this information to have on hand. However, it is possible to contact the agency to get this information if it is what you are looking for in your search. Keep in mind, though, that you may have to provide information about why you want these records before getting this information especially if the person died within the last five years. This is not always the case for older records, though. To get these records, you can visit or mail the following address:
Louisiana Department of Health
Vital Records Registry
Office of Public Health
325 Loyola Avenue
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, Louisiana 70160
It is also possible to gather information about Louisiana death records from this agency by calling them directly at 504-568-5150. You may be able to order copies of some records by fax as well, though you will need to work through the automated system to get this information, which is followed through the number above.
If you need Louisiana death records that are older than this, on the other hand, your search will likely be a bit different. You will need to look far more locally to get it. The local parish health departments, in which there is one in each one, can provide this information to you. The local parishes have different rules and requirements you will need to follow, though, to get this information. Keep in mind that Louisiana death records can provide a wealth of information especially at this level. In addition, the Catholic churches, which have had a long presence in the area sine prior to the 1800's can also provide a great deal of information on the death records of not only those who belonged to the church but others in the community.
 
 
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