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Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905. Early voter registration records can help you locate your ancestor in records made before the 1870 U.S. Census. Voter registration records can also help you fill the twenty year gap between the 1880 U.S. Census and the 1900 U.S. Census (most of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed by fire).
The collection contains early voter registration records for Orleans and St. Tammany parishes in Louisiana. Micrfilm of the St. Tammany parish originals is housed at the St. Tammany Courthouse in Covington, Louisiana. The microfilm of the Orleans Parish original records is housed at the New Orleans Public Library. Document images are viewable for the Orleans Parish voter registrations. St. Tammany Parish voter registration images must be viewed at a Family History Center.
Information in these records may include:
To learn more about this collection, please see the collection’s Learn More page.
If you find an ancestor in this collection, you can search for other Reconstruction era records for the location where your ancestor registered to vote. You can use the birth date to search for more records for your ancestor such as census, marriage and death records.
Let’s look at an example. Creed Caldwell registered to vote in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana in 1891. His birthplace is listed as Kentucky and the year of his birth is listed as 1826. His address was 66 Liberty Street. His occupation was hack driver, and length of residence in the state was 39 years.
Name: Creed CaldwellEvent Type: Voter RegistrationEvent Date: 22 Sep 1891Event Place: Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesRace: ColoredBirth Date: 1826Birthplace: Ky
Digital Folder Number: 008248465Image Number: 00264″Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905″, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WD9H-T22M : 8 October 2019), Creed Caldwell, 1891.
We found a second voter registration record for Creed Caldwell, for the year 1895. Both the 1891 and 1895 voter registration records help to fill the twenty year gap between the 1880 and 1900 census.
We searched for Creed Caldwell, born about 1826 in Kentucky, and found a Freedman’s Bank record. From this record, we learn the names of Creed Caldwell’s family members. We also learn that he was born in Greensburg, Kentucky and brought up in Louisville, Kentucky. This record was made in 1872, so we have now pinpointed his location 19 years before he registered to vote in 1891. His occupation in 1872 was hackman, which agrees with his occupation of hack driver in the 1891 voter registration.
Remarkably, the Freedman’s Bank record contains information for wife Amanda’s family as well.
We used the information we learned from the Freedman’s Bank record to search for Creed Caldwell and wife Amanda in census records. We found them in the 1880 U.S. Census, living on Dryades Street in New Orleans:
Name: Creed CaldwellEvent Type: CensusEvent Date: 1880Event Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesGender: MaleAge: 53Marital Status: MarriedRace: BlackRace (Original): BOccupation: LaborerRelationship to Head of Household: SelfBirth Year (Estimated): 1827Birthplace: Kentucky, United StatesFather’s Birthplace: Kentucky, United StatesMother’s Birthplace: Kentucky, United StatesSheet Letter: CSheet Number: 153Person Number: 0Volume: 2
“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDX4-8YW : 15 August 2017), Robert Caldwell in household of Creed Caldwell, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 80, sheet 153C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,463.
The names of Creed Caldwell’s children agree with the information in the Freedman’s Bank record.
We found Creed Caldwell in the 1870 U.S. Census.
Name: Creed CaldwellEvent Type: CensusEvent Date: 1870Event Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesEvent Place (Original): New Orleans, ward 02, Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesGender: MaleAge: 40Race: MulattoBirth Year (Estimated): 1830Birthplace: KentuckyPage Number: 15
Household ID: 129Line Number: 34Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)Affiliate Publication Number: M593GS Film Number: 000552018Digital Folder Number: 004269420Image Number: 00367
“United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M87W-2T8 : 12 June 2019), Mary Fanny Caldwell in entry for Creed Caldwell, 1870.
We searched the database United States, Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874 for Creed Caldwell’s parents Matthew and Patience Caldwell. We found a record for Louisa Moore in Louisville, Kentucky whose parents’ names were Matthew and Patience. Could this be the sister Louisa Creed Caldwell listed in his Freedman’s Bank record? Like Creed Caldwell, Louisa Moore stated that she was born in Greensburg, Kentucky and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. If this is your family, this is an intriguing lead that you can follow up on!
The FamilySearch Wiki page African American Resources for Louisiana will guide you to more resources for African American genealogy in Louisiana.
The FamilySearch Wiki page Louisiana Record Finder will help you select records to search, based upon which information you are hoping to learn about your ancestor (date of birth, etc.).
To learn more about genealogy research in Louisiana, you can view BlackProGen LIVE Ep11: Louisiana and Mississippi Genealogy Research.
Researching African American Genealogy provides step-by-step guidance for beginning your ancestor search, as well as links to online resources.
Quick Guide to African American Records contains information on beginning research tips, links to suggested guides for beginning your search for African American ancestors, overviews of major record sets, tips for finding the slaveholder, links to tutorials for African American genealogy in the FamilySearch Learning Center, and links to other online and offline resources.
Southern States Slavery and Bondage Collections will help you locate digitized searchable collections as well as digitized microfilms in the FamilySearch catalog related to slavery and bondage. The page is arranged by state.
African American Genealogy provides links to Wiki pages for researching African Americans in each U.S. state.
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