Louisiana State Penitentiary Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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]
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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
- 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
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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