African American Resource Center
New Orleans Public Library

African American Genealogical Research in New Orleans
Burial and Cemetery Records (New Orleans Only)

The Louisiana Division has microfilm records for most New Orleans Cemeteries that show pertinent burial information. Researchers should also avail themselves to a New Orleans Cemetery survey at The Louisiana Historical Center of the Louisiana State Museum that is a WPA card catalogue index of St. Louis Cemeteries I, II, & III, Lafayette I & II, St. Joseph I & II, St. Vincent De Paul I & II, St. Roch I & II, St. Patrick, Holt, Masonic, Odd Fellow's Rest, St. John, St. Bernard, Charity Hospital, Fireman's, Girod St., Greenwood/Cypress Grove, Hebrew, and Carrollton. The Historic New Orleans Cemetery Survey conducted in 1981 indexed and photographed all extant inscriptions and tombs in St. Louis Cemeteries I & II, Lafayette I & II, Cypress Grove, Odd Fellow's Rest, and St. Joseph I & II.

Almost all of the New Orleans Cemeteries had entombments and burials of people of African descent; however, some cemeteries are almost exclusively utilized by African Americans. Cemeteries such as St. Louis Cemetery # 2, Square 3 (1823-present) on Claiborne Ave., Mt. Olivet (1920-present) in Gentilly, Providence in Metairie (1954- present), Holt (1881-present) in Mid City, and Resthaven (1958-present) on Old Gentilly Rd. are almost exclusively African American in use and ownership of tombs. Although not predominately African American, St. Louis # 1 & # 3, both have a significant number of tombs and burials owned or occupied by Louisianans of African Descent. For cemeteries in other areas, check the NOPL's patron terminals and search under "cemeteries in Louisiana" or under a particular parish. There are several books and guides which give histories of some cemeteries as well as list all tomb inscriptions for certain cemeteries. If your ancestors were Catholic refer to the church in the area in which your ancestor lived or died. Many small African American Baptist Churches have small cemeteries next to the church. Also check death certificates and church death and burial records, most of these records state place of burial or entombment.


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