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Please Note:  In Louisiana, Counties are sometimes referred to as (Civil) Parishes,
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  • Acadia Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 25, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Landry Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1887
    Parish Seat:  Crowley, Louisiana

    Parish history - Acadia Parish's name is derived from the former French colony of Acadia in Canada.

    Acadia Courthouse
    GHLL Acadia Parish Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Acadia Parish AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Acadia Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Acadia Parish Genealogical & Historical Society / tCrowley, LA)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Acadia Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Acadia Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Acadia Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 1342, Crowley, LA 70527-1342.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Evangeline Parish (north), St. Landry Parish (northeast), Lafayette Parish
             (east), Vermillion Parish (south), Jefferson Davis Parish (west).

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  • Allen Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 21, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Calcasieu Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1912
    Parish Seat:  Oberlin, Louisiana

    Parish history - Allen Parish is named in honor of former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana, Henry Watkins Allen.

    Allen Courthouse
    GHLL Allen County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Allen Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Allen Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Allen Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Allen Parish Vital Records - Allen Parish Clerk, P.O. Box G, Oberlin, LA 70655-2007.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Vernon Parish (northwest), Rapides Parish (northeast), Evangeline Parish
             (east), Jefferson Davis Parish (south), Beauregard Parish (west).

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  • Ascension Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Territory lands [an original Parish].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1807
    Parish Seat:  Donaldsonville, Louisiana

    Parish history - Ascension Parish is named in honor of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, the oldest in the state.

    Ascension Courthouse
    GHLL Ascension County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ascension Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Ascension Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Ascension Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Ascension Parish Vital Records - Ascension Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 192, Donaldsonville, LA 70346.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Iberville Parish & Ascension Parish (north), St. James Parish (northeast),
             Lafourche Parish (east), Terrebonne Parish (southeast), St. Mary Parish
             (southwest), Iberia Parish (northwest), St. Martin Parish (west).

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    Census Information:
        1810 Census (T) - Federal Census Ascension Parish, LA (Text: 1 file).
        1820 Census (T) - Federal Census Ascension Parish, LA (Text: 1 file).


  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 24, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of The Louisiana Territory [original Parish].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1807
    Parish Seat:  Napoleonville, Louisiana

    Parish history - Assumption Parish is named in honor of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church.

    Assumption Courthouse
    1. Assumption Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Assumption Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Assumption Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Assumption Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Assumption Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Assumption Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Assumption Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Assumption Parish Vital Records - Assumption Parish Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 249, Napoleonville, LA 70390.

      Census Information:
    9. 1810 Census - 1810 Federal Census
    10. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
    11. 1860 Slave Census - Largest Slaveholers from 1860 Slave Census Schedules


  • Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Territory lands [one of the original 19 parishes].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1807
    Parish Seat:  Marksville, Louisiana

    Parish history - Avoyelles Parish is named in honor of The Avoyel Native American people, a small Natchesan tribe in the neighborhood of the present Marksville, Louisiana. Numbering 280 in 1698, by 1805 they were believed to have been reduced to only two or three women.

    Avoyelles Courthouse
    1. Avoyelles Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Avoyelles Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Avoyelles Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Avoyelles Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Avoyelles Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Avoyelles Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Avoyelles Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Avoyelles Parish Vital Records - Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court, Courthouse, Marksville, LA 71351.

      Census Information:
    9. 1830 Census (T) - Federal Census Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana (2 files).


  • Beauregard Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Calcasieu Parish.
    Established:  12-Jun-1912
    Parish Seat:  DeRidder, Louisiana

    Parish history - Beauregard Parish is named in honor of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, a Confederate general from Louisiana and one of the designers of the Confederate Battle Flag.

    Beauregard Courthouse
    1. Beauregard Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Beauregard Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Beauregard Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Beauregard Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Beauregard Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Beauregard Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Beauregard Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Beauregard Parish Vital Records - Beauregard Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 100, De Ridder, LA 70634.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ragley Histroical Society / Ragley, LA)


  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 25, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Claiborne Parish.
    Established:  24-Feb-1843
    Parish Seat:  Benton, Louisiana

    Parish history - Bossier Parish is named in honor of Louisiana Creole Militia General, Pierre Evariste Jean Baptiste Bossier.

    Bossier Courthouse
    1. Bossier Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Bossier Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bossier Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Bossier Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bossier Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bossier Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bossier Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bossier Parish Vital Records - Bossier Parish Clerk, Courthouse, Arcadia, LA 71001.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (I) - Slave Schedule (largest slave holders) and Surnames of African-Americans; 1870 Census


  • Caddo Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Natchitoches Parish..
    Established:  xx-xxx-1838
    Parish Seat:  Shreveport, Louisiana

    Parish history - Caddo Parish is named in honor of the Caddo Native American people.

    Caddo Courthouse
    1. Caddo Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Caddo Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Caddo Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Caddo Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Caddo Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Caddo Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Caddo Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Caddo Parish Vital Records - Caddo Parish Clerk, 501 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101-5401.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Caddo Parish, Louisiana (Index: 4 Files / Text: 7 Files)


  • Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 2, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Landry Parish.
    Established:  24-Mar-1840
    Parish Seat:  Lake Charles, Louisiana

    Parish history - Calcasieu Parish is derived from a Native American [Indian] word, meaning crying eagle, and is said to be the name of an Atakapa Native American leader.

    Calcasieu Courthouse
    GHLL Calcasieu Parish Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Calcasieu Parish AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Southwest Louisiana Historical Association / Lake Charles, LA)
    5. US/LAGenWeb site - Calcasieu Parish Archives
    6. US/LAGenWeb - Calcasieu Parish Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - or try Online vital records search results.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Beauregard Parish (north), Jefferson Davis Parish (east), Cameron Parish
             (south)
    , Orange County, Texas (west), Newton County, Texas (northwest).
               Note:  Parish names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Census Information:
        1840 Census (T) - Federal Census Calcasieu Parish (2 files)
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Calcasieu County (Index: 4 pages, Text: 9 pages)

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Caldwell Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Catahoula Parish and Ouachita Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1838
    Parish Seat:  Columbia, Louisiana

    Parish history - Caldwell Parish is named in honor of the locally prominent Caldwell family.

    Caldwell Courthouse
    1. Caldwell Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Caldwell Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Caldwell Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Caldwell Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Caldwell Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Caldwell Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Caldwell Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Caldwell Parish Vital Records - Caldwell Parish Clerk, Courthouse, Columbia, LA 71418.


  • Catahoula Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ouachita and Rapides Parishes.
    Established:  23-Mar-1808
    Parish Seat:  Harrisonburg, Louisiana

    Parish history - Catahoula Parish derived its name from the Catahoula Lake, formerly within the parish's boundaries (now within LaSalle Parish) which, in turn, is from the Tensas Indian name "catoola", which means big, clear lake.

    Catahoula Courthouse
    1. Catahoula Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Catahoula Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Catahoula Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Catahoula Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Catahoula Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Catahoula Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Catahoula Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Catahoula Parish Vital Records - Catahoula Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 198, Harrisonburg, LA 71340-0198.

      Census Information:
    9. 1810 Census (T) - Federal Census Catahoula Parish, Louisiana (Text: 1 file).


  • Claiborne Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Natchitoches Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1828
    Parish Seat:  Homer, Louisiana

    Parish history - Claiborne Parish is named in honor of Governor of Louisiana William C. C. Claiborne.

    Claiborne Courthouse
    1. Claiborne Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Claiborne Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Claiborne Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Claiborne Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Claiborne Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Claiborne Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Claiborne Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Claiborne Parish Vital Records - Claiborne Parish Clerk, Courthouse, Homer, LA 71040.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Claiborne Parish, 1st Ward in Township 23 (Index: 2 pages / Text: 3 pages)


  • Concordia Parish, LOUISIANA —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 7, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Purchase lands [Original Parish] 1803).
    Established:  12-Jan-1804
    Parish Seat:  Vidalia, Louisiana

    Parish history - The name "Concord" appears to have originated in Natchez (Mississippi). During the regime of Manuel Gayoso de Lemos as Governor at Natchez , he built a magnificent residence, to which he gave the name "Concord." Upon his removal to New Orleans, de Lemos sold his mansion to Don Stephen Minor. As Concord was the most historic residence in Mississippi, it is probable that the Post of Concord (Louisiana) derived it's name from this residence. A fort was built, and is described in early records as the "Post of New Concordia," the "Post of Concord," and the adjacent territory is referred to as "Concordia."

    Concordia Courthouse
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Concordia Parish AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Concordia Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Concordia Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Concordia Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Concordia Parish (Local Records)  |  Vidalia, LA (Parish Seat Records).
               Note:  Added comments here.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Tensas Parish (north), Adams County, Mississippi (northeast), Wilkinson
                County, Mississippi
    (east), West Feliciana Parish (southeast), Pointe
                Coupee Parish
    (south), Avoyelles Parish (southwest), Catahoula Parish
             (west).

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    Census Information Concordia Parish):
  • 1810 Census
  • 1820 Census
  • 1830 Census
  • 1840 Census
  • 1850 Census
  • 1860 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Concordia county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • DeSoto Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 14, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Natchitoches and Caddo Parishes.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1843
    Parish Seat:  Mansfield, Louisiana

    Parish history - DeSoto Parish is named in honor of Hernando deSoto, Spanish explorer.

    DeSoto Courthouse
    1. DeSoto Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. DeSoto Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. DeSoto Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. DeSoto Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. DeSoto Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. DeSoto Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. DeSoto Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. DeSoto Parish Vital Records - DeSoto Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 1206, Mansfield, LA 71052.



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