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About Concordia Parish, Louisiana...
The first permanent settlement in the parish was started in 1798 when Don Jose Vidal obtained grants of land for himself and his sons in the Mississippi River opposite Natchez. At that time, the United States was in the process of taking over Natchez and the Mississippi territory and the Vidals wanted to remain in Spanish territory. When the Vidal grants were surveyed, s strip of land along the river was reserved for the building of a fort which might be needed if others moved into the Spanish territory. Clearing of the land was started soon after the survey was completed. In 1801, Don Jose Vidal moved his family from Natchez and became the commandant of the new Post of concord.
The same year a franchise for a ferry from Natchez to the Post of Concord was granted and from then on settlement along the east side of Concordia Parish proceeded rapidly. By 1803 most of the Mississippi River frontage from the Red River up into Tensas Parish and the land around Lakes Concordia, St. John, Bruin, and St. Joseph had been laid out in grants.
With purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the Post of Concord was taken over by the United States. Concordia Parish was created by the Legislative Council of Orleans Territory as a “county” in 1804 with boundaries generally similar to the present ones. In 1807, the counties were re-designated as parishes and a number of boundary changes followed. At one time, Concordia Parish extended north to a point opposite Vicksburg. Later, part of Carroll Parish and all of Madison and Tensas Parishes were created out of the northern part. The present boundaries of Concordia were finally established in 1843.
The parish has a total area of 749 square miles, of which 696 square miles is land and 53 square miles (7.05%) is water. The population recorded in the 1900 Federal Census was 13,599. The 2010 census recorded 20,822 residents in the Parish.
Neigboring parishes and counties are Tensas Parish (north), Adams County, MS (northeast), Wilkinson County, MS (east), West Feliciana Parish (southeast), Pointe Coupee Parish (south), Avoyelles Parish (southwest), and Catahoula Parish (west). Communities in the parish include Clayton, Ferriday, Ridgecrest, Vidalia, West Ferriday, and Monterey.
Concordia Parish, Louisiana Records
Birth Records - The Louisiana State office maintains records for 100 years after the date of birth. Birth records are considered confidential for the first 100 years. For current information on who may obtain a birth record as well as how to submit a request visit the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to them at PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.
Birth records older than 100 years are available through the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. (225) 922-1000.
Death Records - The Louisiana State office maintains records for 100 years after the date of death. Death records are considered confidential for the first 100 years. For current information on who may obtain a death record as well as how to submit a request visit the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to them at PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.
Death records older than 100 years are available through the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. (225) 922-1000.
Marriage Records - There are many thousands of Concordia Parish, Louisiana marriages here on our website. For current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of an Orleans Parish marriage record less than 50 years old, see the Louisiana Office of Public Health Director, Vital Records and Statistics website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.
Marriage records over 50 years are stored by the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. (225) 922-1000.
Divorce Records - To obtain current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of divorce records contact the Clerk of Court. For the address of the parish Clerk of Court visit the Concordia Parish Important Addresses page.