Archives for June 2015

Cemetery Research & Genealogy in New Orleans

There are 42 historic cemeteries in New Orleans, and each cemetery owner/operator has it’s own rules about record keeping. Here are some resources to get started on doing historical and genealogical research in New Orleans cemeteries.

For City-owned CemeteriesLafayette Cemetery No. 1 - Square 1 map

  • (Lafayette #1 & #2, Carrollton, St. Mary, Holt, Valence)
    The City of New Orleans cemetery office, part of the division of Property Management, can be reached at 504-658-3781. They hold, or have access to, all of the burial records for each City-owned cemetery. They are responsible for grass-cutting and maintenance in the City-owned cemeteries, and can also provide information on permits, including what is required to be buried in City-owned cemeteries.
  • (Lafayette Cemetery #1 only)
    A thoroughly researched website at created by Fred Hatfield presents “an inventory and cross-index to plaques and tombs.” Searches can be done for surnames, dates of death, military reference, or lot sequence.

For Archdiocese-owned Cemeteries

  • (St. Louis #1, #2 & #3, St. Patrick #1, #2 & #3, St. Joseph #1 & #2, St. Roch #1 & #2, St. Vincent #1 & #2)
    The Archdiocese of New Orleans Cemetery office can be reached at 504-596-3050. They are responsible for burials, maintenance, and Perpetual Care in the Archdiocese-owned cemeteries.
  • (St. Louis #1, #2 & #3, St. Patrick #1, #2 & #3, St. Joseph #1 & #2, St. Roch #1 & #2, St. Vincent #1 & #2)
    The Archdiocese of New Orleans Genealogy office can be reached only by email or regular mail. They can assist with burial records and genealogy research in the Archdiocese-owned cemeteries.
  • (St. Louis Cemetery #1 only)
    A St. Louis Cemetery #1 Survey was completed in 2002-2003 by the University of Pennsylvania. The search function can be used for surname, HNOC record number, or Archdiocese record number. The search results are tied to a map, with an image of each tomb.

    The DeadSpace Project website includes a plethora of resource information about St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, such as: tomb & marker surveys, information on maintenance, restoration and repair guidelines for tombs, photos of tombs, maps, a list of the cemeteries most significant inhabitants, virtual 3d tours and even a downloadable coloring book for the kids.

    More info:

  • (St. Louis Cemetery #2 only)
    In 2010-2011, Dalton Wolverton and other volunteers conducted a tablet survey of St. Louis Cemetery #2. For assistance and access to the survey, please contact the SOC office at 504-525-3377.

For FCBA Cemeteries
(Greenwood & Cypress Grove Cemeteries)
The Fireman’s Charitable & Benevolent Society cemetery office can be reached at 504-482-8983. They have a great search function on their website at that can search by surname or first name.

For Stewart Enterprises Cemeteries
(Lake Lawn Metairie, Mt. Olivet, and St. Vincent de Paul #1, #2, & #3)
The Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery office can be reached at 504-486-6331.

For other New Orleans cemetery research

SOC Tomb Pendants Again Available For Purchase!

SOC Tomb Pendant by local artist Gerald Haessig


SOC is pleased to pleased to announce that the beautiful tomb pendants created for Save Our Cemeteries are once again in stock and available! The design is a Florentine fleur-de-lis overlay on an iconic New Orleans tomb. Like New Orleans, Florence, Italy also suffered a great flood. The piece symbolizes the cities’ shared experiences of rebuilding while preserving the local art, culture and history.

Individually cast in white bronze by local artist Gerald Haessig of Gerald Haessig Designs. Each pendant is $35, (which includes box pictured) and free shipping. If you would like to inquire about purchasing one of these pendants, please direct your email to:

St. Charles Streetcar Suspended Service June 1 – August 31, 2015


Note to tourists visiting New Orleans this summer. The Regional Transit Authority is suspending full service on the St. Charles streetcar line, from June 1st through August 31st. The Army Corps of Engineers will be ripping up streetcar tracks at three major intersections along St. Charles Avenue (Jefferson, Napoleon and Louisiana avenues) to continue installing major federal drainage canals. Streetcar service will be suspended between Jefferson and Louisiana avenues for 90 days. The RTA will run bus shuttles to fill the gap. If you plan on traveling uptown via the streetcar please take into account possible extra travel time and possible delays.

Please allow extra time for possible delays if you plan on taking the St. Charles streetcar uptown to take an SOC tour at Lafayette Cemetery #1, or if you plan on taking the Saint Charles streetcar from uptown to the St. Louis Cemeteries downtown.

For more info: Uptown traffic to worsen as canal work suspends St. Charles streetcars ( | The Times-Picayune)


St. Charles Streetcar Suspended Service Map, courtesy of | The Times-Picayune

Image courtesy of | The Times-Picayune

2015 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award


Recognized As A Top Performing Cemetery Tour Operator As Reviewed By Travelers On The World’s Largest Travel Site

– Save Our Cemeteries today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

2015 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Save Our Cemeteries and we’d like to thank all of our patrons who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Amanda Walker, Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. This accolade is an extraordinary vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to serving those that are interested in our historic cemeteries of New Orleans.”

About Save Our Cemeteries:
Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in New Orleans, LA. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Amanda Walker
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377