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Please Note:  In Louisiana, Counties are sometimes referred to as (Civil) Parishes,
to distinguish them from a religious parish
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  • East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  May 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Purchase lands [an original Parish].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1812
    Parish Seat:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Parish history - East Baton Rouge Parish was named by French explorer, Sieur d'Iberville, while on an exploratory mission, the group came upon a cypress pole festooned with bloody animal and fish heads (a boundary marker between the hunting territories of the Bayougoula and the Houma tribes). "Baton Rouge" means "Red Stick" in English.

    East Baton Rouge Courthouse

    Capitol history - September 21, 1847, was the historic day that the City of Baton Rouge donated to the state of Louisiana a parcel of land for a state capitol building, taking the seat of the capitol away from the City of New Orleans.
             The present state capitol building of Louisiana, located in Baton Rouge, will forever be entwined with the political career of Huey Pierce Long. It was Long's idea for the state to construct a new building for the statehouse in 1928 when he was running for Governor of the State of Louisiana.
             The Louisiana Capitol, a 34-story, 450-foot Alabama limestone-clad skyscraper, is an excellent example of a greatly simplified classicism with Art Deco details that were in vogue for monumental buildings in the late 1920s.
             Long was assassinated in the Capitol Building, the building for which he fought to be constructed and used as the state's government seat, and died on September 10, 1935.

    State Capitol

    GHLL East Baton Rouge Parish 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 - East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society / Baton Rouge, LA)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - East Baton Parish County Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - East Baton Rouge Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Parish Clerk, 222 St. Louis Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5817
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             East Feliciana Parish (north), West Feliciana Parish (northwest),
             West Baton Rouge Parish (west), Iberville Parish (south), Ascension
                Parish
    (southeast), Livingston Parish (east), St. Helena Parish (northeast).

        New Orleans - A collection of links to a variety of maps, panoramas, and other
                useful websites on the streets, wards, and geographic features of the
                city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  • East Carroll Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Carroll Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1877
    Parish Seat:  Lake Providence, Louisiana

    Parish history - East Carroll Parish is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. East Carroll Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. East Carroll Parish Vital Records - East Carroll Parish Clerk, 400 First Street, Lake Providence, LA 71254-2616.


  • Evangeline Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  May 21, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Landry Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1910
    Parish Seat:  Ville Platte, Louisiana

    Parish history - Evangeline Parish is named in honor of the Acadian people who lived further south; their history had been commemorated in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's narrative poem, Evangeline.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Evangeline Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Evangeline Parish Vital Records - Evangeline Parish Clerk, Courthouse Building, Ville Platte, LA 70586.


  • Grant Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  May 16, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Rapides Parish and Winn Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1869
    County Seat:  Colfax, Louisiana

    County history - Grant County is named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 - July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869 1877) as well as military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods.

    Grant Courthouse
    GHLL Grant Parish 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 - Grant Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Grant Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Grant Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Grant Parish Courthouse, 200 Main Street, P.O. Box 263, Colfax, LA 71417.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent parishes (GHLL listings):
             Winn Parish (north), La Salle Parish (east), Rapides Parish (south),
             Natchitoches Parish (west).

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  • Iberville Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 7, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of unidentified lands, [One of the original 19 parishes], 10-Apr-1905.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1907
    Parish Seat:  Plaquemine, Louisiana

    Parish history - Iberville Parish is named in honor of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, [pronounced as see notes] (16 July 1661 - 9 July 1706 (probable)) was a soldier, ship captain, explorer, colonial administrator, knight of the order of Saint-Louis, adventurer, privateer, trader, and founder of the French colony of Louisiana of New France, the brother of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. He is probably the most famous son of New France and the first great Canadian adventurer born in North America.

    Iberville Courthouse
    GHLL Iberville Parish 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 - Iberville Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Iberville Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Iberville Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Iberville Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 423, Plaquemine, LA 70765.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Pointe Coupee Parish (northwest), West Baton Rouge Parish (north),
             East Baton Rouge Parish (northeast), Ascension Parish (east),
             Assumption Parish (southeast), Iberia Parish (south), St. Martin Parish
             (west).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Iberville Parish (Index: 1 folder, 4 pages / Text: 8 pages).


  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 13, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Orleans Parish.
    Established:  11-Feb-1825
    Parish Seat:  Gretna, Louisiana

    Parish history - Jefferson Parish is named in honor of Founding Father, U. S. President Thomas Jefferson of Virginia when the parish was established by the Louisiana Legislature.

    Jefferson Courthouse
    GHLL Jefferson Parish Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Jefferson 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 - Jefferson Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson Parish Genealogical Society / Metairie, LA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson Parish Historical Society / Harvey, LA)
    7. US/LAGenWeb site - Jefferson Parish Archives
    8. US/LAGenWeb - Jefferson Parish Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - or try, Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court, 200 Derbigny Street, Room 2100, Gretna, LA 70054.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent parishes (GHLL listings):
             Lake Pontchartrain (North), Orleans Parish (East), St. Bernard Parish
             (East), Plaquemines Parish (East), Gulf of Mexico (South), Lafourche
                Parish
    (West), St. Charles Parish (West).

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    Census Information:
  • 1940 Federal Census - (T)

  • 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 & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Calcasieu Parish.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1912
    Parish Seat:  Jennings, Louisiana

    Parish history - Jefferson Davis Parish is named in honor of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jefferson Davis Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jefferson Davis Parish Vital Records - Jefferson Davis Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 1409, Jennings, LA 70546.


  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 13, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Martin Parish.
    Established:  17-Jan-1823
    Parish Seat:  Lafayette, Louisiana

    Parish history - Lafayette Parish is named in honor of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier (the Marquis de la Fayette), a French aristocrat and military officer born in the province of Auvergne in south central France. Lafayette was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution.

    Lafayette Courthouse
    GHLL Lafayette Parish Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Lafayette Parish AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lafayette Parish, LA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lafayette Parish Genealogical Society / Lafayette, LA)
    6. US/LAGenWeb site - Lafayette Parish Archives
    7. US/LAGenWeb - Lafayette Parish Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Lafayette Parish Clerk, P.O. Box 4508, Lafayette, LA 70502-4508.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             St. Landry Parish (north), St. Martin Parish (east), Iberia Parish
             (southeast), Vermilion Parish (south), Acadia Parish (west).

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    Census Information:
        1830 Census (T) - Federal Census Lafayette Parish (3 pages)
        1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Lafayette Parish (5 pages)


  • Lafourche Parish, Louisiana —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Purchase lands [one of 19 original parishes].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1807
    Parish Seat:  Thibodaux, Louisiana

    Parish history - Lafourche Parish is named, using the French word, la forche, meaning the fork [Bayou Lafourche, or Fork Bayou, is a fork of the Mississippi River]. One of the original 19 parishes. it was named Interior Parish until 1812 and Lafourche Interior Parish until 1853.

    Lafourche Courthouse
    1. Lafourche Parish - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lafourche Parish - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lafourche Parish - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Lafourche Heritage Society
          P.O. Box 567
          Thibodaux, Louisiana 70393-0567

    4. Lafourche Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lafourche Parish - US/LAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lafourche Parish - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lafourche Parish Cemeteries - Listings (Parish & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lafourche Parish Vital Records - Lafourche Parish Clerk, Courthouse, Thibodaux, LA 70302.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Six index pages and 11 transcribed pages


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