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Re: [Nationwide] Louisanna Death Records And Other States

Unfortunately, the main LA office always required that you KNOW the information on the death record in order to get the death record.

IF your relatives died within the last 50 years, then that information is considered 'private' and only a close relative is allowed to receive the death certificate. These records are also available in 10 parish health units (PHU's) around the state (see link).

I agree with the previous poster that you should make every effort to obtain parents' names prior to sending in your application. This could include an 'obituary' of the immediate relative or their sibling(s). Other options include the Social Security Application (SSA), Funeral Home Record, Death Record of a sibling that is OVER 50 years old (see below), or Marriage record(s).

If, however, they died more than 50 years ago, it is easier (and less expensive) to obtain a copy from the LA State Archives in Baton Rouge. They respond quickly. Plus, you do not have to know the names of the parents. They will do a three year search and mail a copy for a flat fee. If you go in person, you can get copies for fifty cents each.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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