|Louisiana Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
- FamilySearch Places
- Louisiana Home Town Locator
- Louisiana Cemetaries
- List of Cities, Towns and Villages in Louisiana
- Louisiana Population and Demographics
Print Only Gazetteers
- Index to Louisiana place names mentioned in the War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies Dennis A Gibson. Index to Louisiana Place Names Mentioned in the War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. Lafayette, Louisiana : University of Southwestern Louisiana, c1975
- Louisiana : a guide to the state Harry Hansen. Louisiana : a Guide to the State. New York, New York : Hastings House, c1971
- Louisiana place names : United States Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System Louisiana place names : United States Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System. Shreveport, Louisiana : J & W Enterprises, c2003
- Observations on the colony of Louisiana from 1796 to 1802 James Pitot. Observations on the Colony of Louisiana from 1796 to 1802. Baton Rouge, Louisiana : LSU Press, c1979 London, England : LSU Press
- County parish boundaries in Louisiana LA State Historical Record Survey. County Parish Boundaries in Louisiana. Digital Publisher FamilySearch International
- Louisiana Parish Map History Danell Spillman. Louisiana Parish Map History. Baton Rouge, Louisiana : D. Spillman, c1989
Why Use Gazetteers
A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.
There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
- Different religious denominations
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
- The population size.
- Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
- Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
- Longitude and latitude.
- Distances and direction from other from cities.
- Schools, colleges, and universities.
- Denominations and number of churches.
- Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)