Louisiana Genealogy & History Network





Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge
Louisiana Shrimp Boats
Plantation near Reserve, LA
Crescent City Connection
Lake Claiborne State Park

Welcome to the Louisiana Genealogy & History Network

Welcome to the Louisiana Genealogy & History Network providing free information to genealogists and historical researchers.


To share your Louisiana genealogy or history information, send an email to laghn@outlook.com - we will be pleased to include it here. If you have information to share for specific Louisiana Parishes, visit that parish's website and follow the links.




About Louisiana....

Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Louisiana is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States.


Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Cameron Parish.


Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so strongly influenced by an admixture of 18th century French, Spanish, Native American (Indian) and African cultures that they are considered to be somewhat exceptional in the U.S. Before the American influx and statehood at the beginning of the 19th century, the territory of current Louisiana State had been a Spanish and French colony. In addition, the pattern of development included importing numerous African slaves in the 18th century, with many from the same region of West Africa, thus concentrating their culture.





Louisiana Parishes

Be sure to visit the parish websites of interest to you.


Acadia Parish - Parish seat is Crowley. Formed in 1886 from St. Landry Parish.

Allen Parish - Parish seat is Oberlin. Formed in 1912 from Calcasieu Parish.

Ascension Parish - Parish seat is Donaldsonville. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

Assumption Parish - Parish seat is Napoleonville. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

Avoyelles Parish - Parish seat is Marksville. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


Beauregard Parish - Parish seat is DeRidder. Formed in 1912 from Calcasieu Parish.

Bienville Parish - Parish seat is Arcadia. Formed in 1848 from Claiborne Parish.

Bossier Parish - Parish seat is Benton. Formed in 1843 from Claiborne Parish.


Caddo Parish - Parish seat is Shreveport. Formed in 1838 from Natchitoches Parish.

Calcasieu Parish - Parish seat is Lake Charles. Formed in 1840 from St. Landry Parish.

Caldwell Parish - Parish seat is Columbia. Formed in 1838 from Catahoula Parish and Ouachita Parish.

Cameron Parish - Parish seat is Cameron. Formed in 1870 from Calcasieu Parish and Vermilion Parish.

Catahoula Parish - Parish seat is Harrisonburg. Formed in 1808 from Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish.

Claiborne Parish - Parish seat is Homer. Formed in 1828 from Natchitoches Parish.

Concordia Parish - Parish seat is Vidalia. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


DeSoto Parish - Parish seat is Mansfield. Formed in 1843 from Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish.


East Baton Rouge Parish - Parish seat is Baton Rouge. Formed in 1810 from from West Florida territory.

East Carroll Parish - Parish seat is Lake Providence. Formed in 1877 from when Carroll Parish was divided.

East Feliciana Parish - Parish seat is Clinton. Formed in 1824 from when Feliciana Parish was divided.

Evangeline Parish - Parish seat is Ville Platte. Formed in 1910 from from part of St. Landry Parish.


Franklin Parish - Parish seat is Winnsboro. Formed in 1843 from Carroll, Catahoula, Madison and Ouachita Parish


Grant Parish - Parish seat is Colfax. Formed in 1869 from Rapides Parish and Winn Parish.


Iberia Parish - Parish seat is New Iberia. Formed in 1868 from St. Martin Parish and St. Mary Parish.

Iberville Parish - Parish seat is Plaquemine. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


Jackson Parish - Parish seat is Jonesboro. Formed in 1845 from Claiborne Parish, Ouachita Parish and Union Parish

Jefferson Parish - Parish seat is Gretna. Formed in 1825 from Orleans Parish

Jefferson Davis Parish - Parish seat is Jennings. Formed in 1912 from Calcasieu Parish.


Lafayette Parish - Parish seat is Lafayette. Formed in 1823 from St. Martin Parish.

Lafourche Parish - Parish seat is Thibodaux. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. Named Interior Parish until 1812 and Lafourche Interior Parish until 1853.

La Salle Parish - Parish seat is Jena. Formed in 1908 from Catahoula Parish.

Lincoln Parish - Parish seat is Ruston. Formed in 1873 from Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union Parish.

Livingston Parish - Parish seat is Livingston. Formed in 1832 from St. Helena Parish.


Madison Parish - Parish seat is Tallulah. Formed in 1838 from Concordia Parish.

Morehouse Parish - Parish seat is Bastrop. Formed in 1844 from Carroll Parish and Ouachita Parish.


Natchitoches Parish - Parish seat is Natchitoches. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


Orleans Parish - Parish seat is New Orleans. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

Ouachita Parish - Parish seat is Monroe. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


Plaquemines Parish - Parish seat is Pointe a la Hache. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

Pointe Coupee Parish - Parish seat is New Roads. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.


Rapides Parish - Parish seat is Alexandria. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

Red River Parish - Parish seat is Coushatta. Formed in 1871 from Bienville, Bossier, Caddo and Natchitoches Parish.

Richland Parish - Parish seat is Rayville. Formed in 1868 from Carroll, Franklin, Morehouse and Ouachita Parish.


Sabine Parish - Parish seat is Many. Formed in 1843 from Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish.

St. Bernard Parish - Parish seat is Chalmette. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. Charles Parish - Parish seat is Hahnville. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. Helena Parish - Parish seat is Greensburg. Formed in 1810 from from West Florida territory.

St. James Parish - Parish seat is Convent. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish seat is Edgard. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. Landry Parish - Parish seat is Opelousas. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. Martin Parish - Parish seat is Saint Martinville. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes.

St. Mary Parish - Parish seat is Franklin. Formed in 1811 from from part of St. Martin County.

St. Tammany Parish - Parish seat is Covington. Formed in 1810 from from West Florida territory.


Tangipahoa Parish - Parish seat is Amite. Formed in 1868 from Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany & Washington Parish.

Tensas Parish - Parish seat is Saint Joseph. Formed in 1843 from Concordia Parish.

Terrebonne Parish - Parish seat is Houma. Formed in 1822 from Lafourche Parish.


Union Parish - Parish seat is Farmerville. Formed in 1839 from Ouachita Parish.


Vermilion Parish - Parish seat is Abbeville. Formed in 1844 from Lafayette Parish.

Vernon Parish - Parish seat is Leesville. Formed in 1871 from Natchitoches Parish, Rapides Parish and Sabine Parish.


Washington Parish - Parish seat is Franklinton. Formed in 1819 from St. Tammany Parish.

Webster Parish - Parish seat is Minden. Formed in 1871 from Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish and Claiborne Parish.

West Baton Rouge Parish - Parish seat is Port Allen. Formed in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. Was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.

West Carroll Parish - Parish seat is Oak Grove. Formed in 1877 from when Carroll Parish was divided.

West Feliciana Parish - Parish seat is Saint Francisville. Formed in 1824 from when Feliciana Parish was divided.

Winn Parish - Parish seat is Winnfield. Formed in 1852 from Catahoula, Natchitoches, and Rapides Parish.






Louisiana Records

The Louisiana Geneology & History Network has many records on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Be sure to visit any and all parish websites of interest to see what is available.


Birth Records - The State office has records for 100 years past the date of birth. Birth records are confidential for the first 100 years. To obtain current information on who may obtain a record, how to submit a request and an official request form, see the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160. Older records are available through the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804.


Death Records - The State office has records for 100 years past the date of death. Death records are confidential for the first 100 years. To obtain current information on who may obtain a record, how to submit a request and an official request form, see the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160. Older records are available through the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804.......read more


Louisiana - The Bayou State

Louisiana is located in the Deep South / Gulf Coast region of the United States.


Cemetery

Louisiana Tombstone Abbreviations

Common and not so common tombstone abbreviations seen in Louisiana cemeteries.


Cemetery

Louisiana Tombstone Symbols

Explaination of common and not so common tombstone symbols seen in Louisiana cemeteries.