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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

Click on a LA parish link below to go to that Parish's website.

Parish Name
Seat
Date Formed
Origin
Acadia Crowley
1886
St. Landry Parish.
Allen Oberlin
1912
Calcasieu Parish.
Ascension Donaldsonville
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Assumption Napoleonville
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Avoyelles Marksville
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Beauregard DeRidder
1912
Calcasieu Parish.
Bienville Arcadia
1848
Claiborne Parish.
Bossier Benton
1843
Claiborne Parish.
Caddo Shreveport
1838
Natchitoches Parish.
Calcasieu Lake Charles
1840
St. Landry Parish.
Caldwell Columbia
1838
Catahoula Parish and Ouachita Parish.
Cameron Cameron
1870
Calcasieu Parish and Vermilion Parish.
Catahoula Harrisonburg
1808
Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish.
Claiborne Homer
1828
Natchitoches Parish.
Concordia Vidalia
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
DeSoto Mansfield
1843
Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish.
East Baton Rouge Baton Rouge
1810
from West Florida territory.
East Carroll Lake Providence
1877
when Carroll Parish was divided.
East Feliciana Clinton
1824
when Feliciana Parish was divided.
Evangeline Ville Platte
1910
from part of St. Landry Parish.
Franklin Winnsboro
1843
Carroll, Catahoula, Madison and Ouachita Parish
Grant Colfax
1869
Rapides Parish and Winn Parish.
Iberia New Iberia
1868
St. Martin Parish and St. Mary Parish.
Iberville Plaquemine
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Jackson Jonesboro
1845
Claiborne Parish, Ouachita Parish and Union Parish
Jefferson Gretna
1825
Orleans Parish
Jefferson Davis Jennings
1912
Calcasieu Parish.
Lafayette Lafayette
1823
St. Martin Parish.
Lafourche Thibodaux
1807
One of the original 19 parishes. Named Interior Parish until 1812 and Lafourche Interior Parish until 1853.
La Salle Jena
1908
Catahoula Parish.
Lincoln Ruston
1873
Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union Parish.
Livingston Livingston
1832
St. Helena Parish.
Madison Tallulah
1838
Concordia Parish.
Morehouse Bastrop
1844
Carroll Parish and Ouachita Parish.
Natchitoches Natchitoches
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Orleans New Orleans
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Ouachita Monroe
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Plaquemines Pointe a la Hache
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Pointe Coupee New Roads
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Rapides Alexandria
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
Red River Coushatta
1871
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo and Natchitoches Parish.
Richland Rayville
1868
Carroll, Franklin, Morehouse and Ouachita Parish.
Sabine Many
1843
Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish.
St. Bernard Chalmette
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. Charles Hahnville
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. Helena Greensburg
1810
from West Florida territory.
St. James Convent
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. John the Baptist Edgard
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. Landry Opelousas
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. Martin Saint Martinville
1807
One of the original 19 parishes.
St. Mary Franklin
1811
from part of St. Martin County.
St. Tammany Covington
1810
from West Florida territory.
Tangipahoa Amite
1868
Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany & Washington Parish.
Tensas Saint Joseph
1843
Concordia Parish.
Terrebonne Houma
1822
Lafourche Parish.
Union Farmerville
1839
Ouachita Parish.
Vermilion Abbeville
1844
Lafayette Parish.
Vernon Leesville
1871
Natchitoches Parish, Rapides Parish and Sabine Parish.
Washington Franklinton
1819
St. Tammany Parish.
Webster Minden
1871
Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish and Claiborne Parish.
West Baton Rouge Port Allen
1807
One of the original 19 parishes. Was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.
West Carroll Oak Grove
1877
when Carroll Parish was divided.
West Feliciana Saint Francisville
1824
when Feliciana Parish was divided.
Winn Winnfield
1852
Catahoula, Natchitoches, and Rapides Parish.

 

 


Louisiana Records


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.

 

Marriage Records - To obtain current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of an Orleans Parish marriage record less than 50 years old and a request form, see the Louisiana Office of Public Health Director, Vital Records and Statistics website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.

Certified copies for other parishes are issued by Clerk of Court in the parish where the marriage license was issued. For the address of parish Clerk's of Court click on the appropriate parish name in the Louisiana Parish name list.

Marriage records over 50 years are stored by the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton rouge, LA 70804.

 

Divorce Records - To obtain current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of divorce records contact the Clerk of Court in the parish where the divorce was granted. For the address of parish Clerk's of Court click on the appropriate parish name in the Louisiana Parish name list.