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== What is in the Collection? ==
 
== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This collection includes penitentiary records from 1866 to 1963.<br>
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This collection includes penitentiary records from 1866 to 1963. This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison. The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.  
 
 
This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison. The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.  
 
  
 
===To Browse this Collection===
 
===To Browse this Collection===
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== Collection Content ==
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
 
  
 
Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
 
Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:  
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*Where transferred to
 
*Where transferred to
  
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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== Collection Content ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? == 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:  
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•        Approximate age or date of the event
  
*The name of your ancestor.
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You will be able to search this collection once it is published.
*The approximate dates served in prison.
 
  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
 
==What Do I Do Next?==
When you have located your ancestor in the prison record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.
 
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Use the death date to search for a death certificate.  
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.  
*Use the death date and prior residence to locate mortuary, or burial records.  
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*Use the information found in the record to locate the death record.
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
*Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
*Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.  
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
*Record accuracy depends largely on the accuracy of the document authors and may be subject to inacurracies.
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*[[Louisiana Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.  
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
 
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
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== Citing this Collection ==
 
== Citing this Collection ==
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What is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes penitentiary records from 1866 to 1963. This collection includes a seven-volume index of prisoners and 36 volumes registering convicts admitted to the prison. The prison was opened in 1835. Although some early records of inmates were made, they are not complete.

To Browse this Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Information in these records may vary; however, they generally include the following:

  • Name of prisoner
  • Age, height and weight
  • Physical description including color of eyes, hair and identifying marks
  • Marital status
  • Reason for entry in (offense)ledger
  • Term of imprisonment
  • Level of education
  • Literacy
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date
  • Burial date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Last residence prior to confinement
  • Discharge or transfer date
  • Where transferred to

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

== How Do I Search the Collection? ==  

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know: • Name of the individual • Approximate age or date of the event

View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection once it is published.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Record
  2. Select Record Type, Volume and Year Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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