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Calcasieu Parish was created March 24, 1840, from the Parish of Saint Landry, one of the original nineteen civil parishes established by the Legislature in 1807.
The early history of the parish dates back to the time of the Spanish occupation of Louisiana when Jose M. Mora (1797) was granted a large tract of land between the Rio Hondo and the Sabine River, known for years as the "Neutral Strip." After the grant to Mora, this area became a refuge for "desperadoes from the eastern states" and for outlaws and "filibusters from Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi."
This strip of land, long in dispute between Spain and the United States after France had ceded Louisiana to the American government in 1803, was finally acquired by the latter by treaty in 1819. Originally, Spanish grants were recognized when proof was established, but most grants in Calcasieu were made to actual settlers. By an act of Congress approved on March 3, 1923, this strip of land was attached to the district south of the Red River.
Some time elapsed before settlers took up permanent claims. Among these early families we find the names of Ryan, Perkins, LeBleu, Deviers, and Henderson. Acadians from the eastern parishes of Louisiana also emigrated to this area so that today the population is mixed, consisting of Creoles, Acadians, Americans, and Indians ...READ MORE
Calcasieu Parish LAGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Calcasieu Parish Data links for a list of available data.
Birth Records - The Louisiana Department of Health maintains records of births after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Louisiana began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by mail by using this birth record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Louisiana Dept. of Health. Since there are no official birth records before November 1, 1912 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.
Death Records - The Louisiana Department of Health maintains births recorded after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Louisiana began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by mail by using this death record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Louisiana Dept. of Health. Since there are no official death records before November 1, 1912 ...READ MORE
Calcasieu Parish is located in the Southwest portion of Louisiana. The parish is part of the Acadiana Region of the state..
Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana research.
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