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Geneaological Research

Geneaological Research

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As a city with nearly three centuries of history, New Orleans has been home to many nationalities. And, as a major seaport, it has seen successive waves of immigration continuously add to the population and ethnic mix. There are now some families who can trace their ancestry in New Orleans back for ten or more generations and many others who can go back at least five or six.

In recent years the pursuit of genealogical research has gained popularity as more and more people attempt to trace their ancestral roots and illustrate their family trees. With advances in modern technology, much genealogical research can be done online, but there are still many records that are only available in physical form at repositories such as libraries and other facilities that house historical archives.

For those who may have to do the physical "legwork" required to trace their roots, New Orleans is a treasure trove of such facilities. More than thirty such repositories were catalogued recently by the Greater New Orleans Archivists.

Following is a list of some of these facilities:

Research Facilities
Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-4662

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila, the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) has a mission of preserving the French Quarter and New Orleans history. Its Royal Street Complex features seven architectural treasures.
Amistad Research Center
6823 St. Charles Ave., Tilton Memorial Hall,Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 862-3222

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: Located on the beautiful campus of Tulane University in uptown New Orleans, the Amistad Research Center houses the country's largest collection of manuscripts about African Americans, race relations and civil rights. This center is the focal point of research by historians, nonfiction authors, novelists and those pursuing information about their family's history.
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-7171

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: The Williams Research Center, also known as The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a research facility and museum dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans and Louisiana culture through historic documents, books, and photographs. The research center opened in 1996 and serves as the Collectionís primary public research facility. Inside, you can find original documents, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as over 35,000 library items, which contribute to the rich culture of the city.
American Italian Cultural Center
537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-7294

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: The American Italian Cultural Center in the heart of downtown New Orleans is a repository of priceless information and memorabilia celebrating the contributions of the sons and daughters of Italy to the cityís cultural life.
Tulane's Special Collections
6801 Freret St., Joseph Merrick Jones Hall Rm 200, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-5685

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: Tulane Universityís Howard-Tilton Memorial Library offers a Special Collections Division for student and professional research consisting of six departments including the Jazz Archives, Manuscripts Department, University Archives, Louisiana Collection, Rare Books, and Architectural Archives. Some of its holdings include the papers of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the Gettysburg letters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and the papers of New Orleans Pulitzer Prize winning author John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces).
Archdiocesan Archives
1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-2651

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: The Archdiocesan Archives serves as the official research facility and repository for the records of the New Orleans Archdiocese. The organizationís ultimate goal is to serve and support the mission of the Archdiocese, which is to collect, organize, and document the records of Catholicism in Louisiana. The Archdiocese of New Orleans includes eight civil parishes in the surrounding area.
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 596-2610

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Type of Visitor Service: Research Facility

Description: The New Orleans Public Library is a great place to visit if you are looking to delve into the historic culture of New Orleans through literature. NOPL provides visitors with valuable information about the city through education, music, and technology. There are 14 branches of NOPL, including the main library, which is located downtown.
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