Monday, March 29, 2010

Louisiana Death Certificates

I recently ordered some older Louisiana death certificates.

You can do the same through this page of the Secretary of State's web site.

Here's the deal:

1. You can search this page for death records between 1911 and 1956.

2. If you find what you're looking for, you can fill out a form online*, then print it out to mail.

3. The cost to obtain a death record from this site is $5. A bargain!

4. You can send up to 10 requests in the same envelope.

I ordered some records for siblings of my great-great grandparents. I'm hoping they give clues to birthplaces or other little nuggets of knowledge. Always research the siblings. You find surprises that way.

The certificates I ordered were for the Bourgaux and Menou lines. I also ordered a record for Charles Matte, who was the second husband of my great-great grandmother, Eliza Eldridge Thibodeaux. How did her first husband perish, you ask? Here, let me refresh your memory.

I'll let you know what these records hold. Louisiana usually gets these documents out within a month.

* Note: I had to exit Google Chrome and use Internet Explorer to get the online applications to pop up and print. Just a heads up.


  1. Hi Amy:

    This is cool. What's your guess at the turnaround time?

    I ask because we have a provider who can get Louisiana Death Records on microfilm at the FHL covering 1850-1875 and 1894-1954 for $8. Just trying to see if we're competitive.


    Dean Richardson

  2. Last time I ordered was a year ago. I think it took about a month but I'm not 100% sure. I will let you know for sure when these arrive. I ordered them March 25.