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Jefferson Davis Parish is named after the president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis. It is located in southwestern Louisiana and forms a part of the Acadiana region. In 2005, the parish was damaged significantly by Hurricane Rita, which caused much wind damage and flooding in the western part of the parish. The storm also caused Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge to be affected by saltwater intrusion.
The first oil well in Louisiana was drilled in 1901 in what became Jefferson Davis Parish by W. Scott Heywood, who in 1932 was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. Jefferson Davis Parish was one of the last incorporated parishes in the state of Louisiana. Originally a part of Imperial Calcasieu Parish, it became a separate entity in the year 1912.
The parish has a total area of 659 square miles of which 652 square miles is land and 7 square miles (1.06%) is water. The population recorded in the 1920 Federal Census was 18,999. The 2010 census recorded 21,432 residents in the parish.
Jefferson Davis Parish is bordered by Allen Parish (north), Evangeline Parish (northeast), Acadia Parish (east), Vermilion Parish (southeast), Cameron Parish (south), Calcasieu Parish (west), and Beauregard Parish (northwest).
The parish seat is Jennings. Other communities in the parish include Elton, Fenton, Lake Arthur, Welsh, Lacassine, Roanoke, and Topsy.
Jefferson Davis Parish LAGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Jefferson Davis 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
Jefferson Davis Parish is located in the Southwest portion of Louisiana. The parish is part of the Acadiana Region of the state.
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