Louisiana Parish Resources

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This entry was originally written by Beth A. Stahr, CGRS and Sharon Sholars Brown for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Parishes, not counties, are the political jurisdictions for recording marriage and court records in Louisiana as well as land (termed conveyances), and probate (termed successions). Parish clerks hold the majority of these records, while some cities have these functions divided among register of conveyances and district court clerks. The Genealogical Society of Utah has filmed court, property, notarial, probate, tax, and vital records for many Louisiana parishes, which are available through the FHL. The Louisiana Section of the State Library of Louisiana has some of the information on parish formation.

As of July 1999, birth certificates are available through the State Office of Vital Records and Parish Clerks of Court. Contact information for the Parish Clerks of Court is available at [www.sos.Louisiana.gov/admin/admin-births.htm www.sos.Louisiana.gov/admin/admin-births.htm]. Land, probate, court, and other vital records may also be found at different addresses than those shown in the following table (see Louisiana Archives, Libraries, and Societies).

Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
E6 Acadia Courthouse Cir., Crowley 70527 1886 St. Landry —— 1886 —— 1886 1886 1886
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D5 Allen 400 W. Sixth Ave., Oberlin 70655 1912 Calcasieu —— 1913 —— 1886 1913 1913
G6 Ascension 300 Houmas St., Donaldsville 70346 1807 St. James —— 1763 —— 1770 1800 1800
G7 Assumption 4809 Louisiana Hwy. 1, Napoleonville 70390 1807 original —— 1800 —— 1788 1788 1788
F4 Avoyelles 301 N. Main St., Marksville 71351 1807 original —— 1808 —— 1808 1856 1856
C5 Beaureguard 214 W. First St., DeRidder 70634 1913 Calcasieu —— 1913 —— 1913 1913 1913
C2 Bienville 100 Courthouse Dr., Arcadia 71001 1848 Claiborne —— 1848 —— 1848 1848 1848
C1 Bossier 204 Burt Blvd., Benton 71006 1843 Claiborne —— 1843 —— 1843 1843 1843
B1 Caddo 501 Texas St., Shreveport 71163-1127 1838 Natchitoches —— 1835 —— 1835 1835 1835