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——188618861886
This is a big fat note that I am hoping will appear in the right place.
D5 Allen 400 W. Sixth Ave., Oberlin 70655 1912 Calcasieu——1913——188619131913
G6 Ascension 300 Houmas St., Donaldsville 70346 1807 St. James——1763——177018001800
G7 Assumption 4809 Louisiana Hwy. 1, Napoleonville 70390 1807 original——1800——178817881788
F4 Avoyelles 301 N. Main St., Marksville 71351 1807 original——1808——180818561856
C5 Beaureguard 214 W. First St., DeRidder 70634 1913 Calcasieu——1913——191319131913
C2 Bienville 100 Courthouse Dr., Arcadia 71001 1848 Claiborne——1848——184818481848
C1 Bossier 204 Burt Blvd., Benton 71006 1843 Claiborne——1843——184318431843
B1 Caddo 501 Texas St., Shreveport 71163-1127 1838 Natchitoches——1835——183518351835
C6 Calcasieu 1000 Ryan St., Lake Charles 70601 1840 St. Landry——1910——191019101910
E2 Caldwell 200 Main St., Columbia 71418-1737 1838 Catahoula/Ouachita——1838——183818381838
C7 Cameron 119 Smith Cir., Cameron 70631 1870 Calcasieu/Vermillion——1870——187018701870
Carroll Divided into East Carroll and West Carrol1832Ouachita/Concordia
F3 Catahoula 301 Bushley St., Harrisonburg 71340 1808 Harrisonburg——1900s——1900s1900s1900s
D1 Claiborne 512 Main St., Homer 71040 1828 Natchitoches——1850——185018501850
Record loss, 1949.
F4 Concordia 4001 Carter St., Vidalia 71373 1805 Avoyelles——1840——185018501850
B2 De Soto 210 Texas St., Mansfield 71052-0898 1843 Natchitoches/Caddo——1843——184318431843
G6 East Baton Rouge 222 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge 70821 1810 original——1840——178217821782
G1 East Carroll 400 First St., Lake Providence 71254 1877 Carroll——1832——183218321832
G5 East Feliciana 12305 St. Helena St., Clinton 70722 1824 Feliciana——1824——182418241824
E5 Evangeline 200 Court St., Ville Platte 70586 1911 St. Landry——1911——191119111911
Feliciana Divided into East Feliciana and West Feliciana, 1824. 1810 original (from Spanish West Florida)
F2 Franklin 6500 Main St., Winnsboro 71295 1843 Catahoula/Ouachita/Madison——1843——184318431843
D3 Grant 200 Main St., Colfax 71417 1869 Rapides/Winn——1880——188018801880
F7 Iberia 300 Iberia St., New Iberia 70562 1868 St. Martin/St. Mary——1868——186818681868
G7 Iberville 58050 Meriam St., Plaquemine 70765 1807 Assumption/Ascension——1770——177018071807
D2 Jackson 500 E. Court St., Jonesboro 71251 1845 Claiborne/Ouachita/Union——1880——188018801880
J7 Jefferson 200 Derbigny St., Gretna 70054 1825 Orleans ——1825——182518251825
D6 Jefferson Davis 300 State St., Jennings 70546 1913 Calcasieu——1913——191319131913
E6 Lafayette 800 S. Buchanan St., Lafayette 70501 1823 St. Martin——1823——182318231823
H8 Lafourche 303 W. 3rd St., Thibodaux 70301 1807 original——1808——180818081808
E3 LaSalle 1050 Courthouse St., Jena 71342 1910 Catahoula——1910——191019101910
D1 Lincoln 100 W. Texas Ave., Ruston 71270 1873 Bienville/Jackson/Union/Claiborne——1873——187318731873
H6 Livingston 20180 Iowa St., Livingston 70754 1832 St. Helena——1875——187518751875
G2 Madison 100 N. Cedar St., Tallulah 71282 1838 Concordia——1866——183918501882
F1 Morehouse 100 E. Madison St.,Bastrop 71221 1844 Ouachita——1870——184418701870
C3 Natchitoches 200 Church St., Natchitoches 71457 1807 original——1729——173217321732
J7 Orleans 421 Loyola Ave., New Orleans 70112 1807 original——1718——183218051805
E2 Ouachita 300 St. John St., Monroe 71210 1807 original——1805——180518051805
K8 PlaqueminesPointe a la Hache 70082 1807 original——1807——180718071807
F5 Pointe Coupee 201 E. Main St., New Roads 70760-0290 1807 original——1735——178017801780
D4 Rapides 700 Murray St., Alexandria 71309 1807 original——1864——186418641864
C2 Red River 615 E. Carroll St., Coushatta 71019 1871 Caddo/Bossier/Bienville/DeSoto/Natchitoches——1871——187118711904
F2 Richland 100 Julia St., Rayville 71269 1869 Ouachita/Carroll/Franklin/Morehouse——1869——186918691869
C3 Sabine 400 S. Capitol St., Many 71449 1843 Natchitoches——1843——184318431843
K7 St. Bernard 1100 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette 70044 1807 original——1800s——1800s1800s1800s
K7 St. Bernard 1100 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette 70044 1807 original——1800s——1800s1800s1800s
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