Project: Louisiana

Categories: Louisiana | Louisiana Projects

This project is part of the United States History Project.

Pelican Flag of Louisiana cut to an outline of the State
Bienvenue! ~ Welcome!

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all Louisiana related projects and resources and store that information in one place. It serves as a gateway for "all things Louisiana" in WikiTree.

Louisiana Parishes
Acadia Allen Ascension Assumption Avoyelles Beauregard Bienville Bossier
Caddo Calcasieu Caldwell Cameron Catahoula Claiborne Concordia DeSoto
East Baton Rouge East Carroll East Feliciana Evangeline Franklin Grant Iberia Iberville
Jackson Jefferson Davis Jefferson La Salle Lafayette Lafourche Lincoln Livingston
Madison Morehouse Natchitoches Orleans Ouachita Plaquemines Pointe Coupee Rapides
Red River Richland Sabine St. Bernard St. Charles St. Helena St. James St. John the Baptist
St. Landry St. Martin St. Mary St. Tammany Tangipahoa Tensas Terrebonne Union
Vermilion Vernon Washingon Webster West Baton Rouge West Carroll West Feliciana Winn

Louisiana Regions Map

Louisiana Families Project | Louisiana Categories Project
The Louisiana Families project is focused on family groups in Louisiana and developing profiles of Louisiana's earliest families that help tell the history of Louisiana. The primary goal of the project is to encourage everyone on WikiTree to find and connect with their cousins in Louisiana.


How to Join

Project participants need to be members of WikiTree. If you are not yet a WikiTree member, see Help: How to Use WikiTree to get started.

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Louisiana Sticker

All profile management is handled by the Louisiana Families sub-project.

Louisiana Families Project Logo
... ... ... lived in Louisiana.
If you wish to recognize Louisiana ancestry on a profile which is not to be project managed, this sticker can be added:
{{Louisiana Sticker}}

The sticker should be placed just beneath the Biography section header.


As a sub-project of the US History project, we share and support its mission to create, source, connect, and improve profiles and free-space pages related to the people and places in the building of the state of Louisiana. For all profiles of people who lived in Louisiana, our goals include the following:

  1. Locate and merge all duplicates into the lowest number of the correct LNAB, using G2G to discuss LNAB issues as they arise. Be sure to tag the discussion with the surname(s) of the profiles involved as well as "louisiana".
  2. Add PPP to profiles that meet Project Protection Guidelines and are approved by a project Leader. The {{Louisiana Family}} Project template must be added to PPP'd projects.
  3. Add appropriate categories. Discuss with the Categorization Project as necessary for creation of categories without precedent.
  4. Clean up and write a Biography, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help).
  5. Review the attached family for above goals, even if they are not managed by the project. (Ignore the part about project protection if they were not related to Louisiana.)
  6. Connect the profile to the main WikiTree family tree through family connections (the Connectors Project can help).
  7. Build Free-Space pages to represent important events, and link to the Louisiana Project with appropriate categories.
  8. Profiles should cite respected sources for all information added -- unsourced family trees do not meet this criteria.

To Do List

To help the Louisiana Project meet its goals, the following items have been identified. As you work on Louisiana profiles, please keep these items in mind.

  1. All unsourced Louisiana profiles should be identified by adding either the template {{Unsourced|Louisiana}} or the category [[Category:Louisiana, Unsourced Profiles]].
  2. Work on Louisiana's Unconnected and Unsourced Profiles. See our Reliable Sources page to understand what acceptable, reliable sources are for this project.
  3. Create new profiles for people of Louisiana who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  4. Work on the weekly list of Suggestions which comes out every Monday. This is a list of potential errors identified on Louisiana profiles, similar to what the Data Doctors work on for the global tree.
  5. All profiles with the project box {{Louisiana Family}} should be categorized using the appropriate location categories listed at Category:Louisiana. Please do not add a profile to the main "Louisiana" category, which is a top-level umbrella category only. If you do not have a lower-level category to add them to, use "Unknown Parish, Louisiana."
  6. Add other categories to Louisiana profiles as appropriate:
  7. Look for duplicate Louisiana profiles and propose merges. One easy way to do this is to choose a Louisiana surname using the Last Name search box. The resulting list of names can be sorted by Date. Then select "Show merging and matching options," review for possible duplicates, and propose merges for the duplicates you find.

Regional Teams

The project anticipates forming Teams with Team Leaders to organize and focus the work on profiles across the state. Teams will be split into five geographic regions, and work will be subdivided by parish, to help break up profile development into more manageable bites. If you are interested in volunteering to lead or work on one of these regional teams, or have ideas for additional town or parish teams, please contact the project!

  1. North Louisiana Parishes
    Caddo, De Soto, Bossier, Red River, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Union, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, Ouachita, Caldwell, Morehouse, Richland, Franklin, West Carroll, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas
  2. Central Louisiana Parishes
    Sabine, Natchitoches, Vernon, Beauregard, Allen, Grant, Rapides, La Salle, Catahoula, Concordia
  3. Acadiana Parishes
    Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Cameron, Evangeline, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion, St. Martin, Iberia, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, St. Mary, Ascension, Assumption, St. James, St. John, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Charles
  4. Florida Parishes
    West Feliciana, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Tammany
  5. Greater New Orleans Parishes
    Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines

Profile Improvement Teams

If you enjoy improving profiles, there are plenty of opportunities! Teams will be set up to work on the following maintenance categories:

  1. Merges - Focus on finding and merging duplicate Louisiana profiles, working according to standards set by the Arborists Project.
  2. Suggestions - Work on correcting errors revealed in Suggestions lists generated by the Data Doctors project. This can also be done in conjunction with the weekly Data Doctors challenges.
  3. Sourcing - Add and improve sources on Unsourced or under-sourced profiles. There is also a need to help us identify unsourced Louisiana profiles.
  4. Biographies - Write narrative biographies based on sourced data in the profile, and convert sources into in-line citations according to WikiTree recommended styles and standards.
  5. Categories - Maintain usage of Louisiana Categories, based on guidelines from the Categorization Project. Create new categories where needed; for example, there are many cemeteries that are not represented in the Louisiana Cemeteries category.

Louisiana History Categories or Interests

There are many interesting aspects of Louisiana history that could use your attention! You can create a Free Space Page with information about any historical topic of your choice. The Louisiana Project can also help you create a category related to your topic, if warranted. Let one of the project leaders know if you wish to create one! Following are just a few ideas.

  • Louisiana Disasters (hurricanes, floods, oil spills, droughts)
  • Religion in Early Louisiana 1700 - 1812
  • La Louisiane, Nouvelle France (When under French rule), 1700 - 1764
  • Luisana, Nueve Espana (When under Spanish rule), 1764 - 1803
  • Louisiana Purchase and road to becoming a State, 1803 - 1812
  • Louisiana in the US Civil War or Louisiana Confederacy, 1861-1865
  • Louisiana after the US Civil War, 1865 - present
  • Slavery in Louisiana - see Category: Louisiana, Slavery
  • Louisiana Plantations

Louisiana Projects and Related Pages on WikiTree

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