The DeadSpace Project: A resource for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No 1. from Basin Street Station

The DeadSpace Project is a result of a two-phase documentation and conservation project focusing on St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 developed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts Departments of Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture with Tulane University’s School of Architecture/Preservation Studies in conjunction with Save our Cemeteries, Inc. and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The DeadSpace Project website has an abundance 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 cemetery’s most significant inhabitants, virtual 3d tours and even a downloadable coloring book for the kiddies!

More info: www.noladeadspace.com

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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 www.lafayettecemetery1.com 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: www.noladeadspace.com

  • (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 www.greenwoodnola.com 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

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