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Guide to St. Landry Parish Louisiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
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Facts
Founded March 31, 1807
County Seat Opelousas
Courthouse
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Address 118 South Court Street

Opelousas, LA 70570
History of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse

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Contents

Parish Courthouse

St. Landry Parish Courthouse
Court & Landry Street
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone: 337.942.5606 

Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1808,
divorce and court records from 1813 and probate
records from 1809.[1]

History

Parent Parish

  • 1807--St. Landry Parish was created 31 March 1807 from Opelousas (Old) Parish.
    Parish seat: Opelousas [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps" (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Louisiana Parishes see: Louisiana Parishes with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

Resources

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African American

Cemeteries

 





Census

Census Pop.
190052,906
191066,66126.0%
192051,697−22.4%
193060,07416.2%
194071,48119.0%
195078,4769.8%
196081,4933.8%
197080,364−1.4%
198084,1284.7%
199080,331−4.5%
200087,7009.2%
201083,384−4.9%
St. Landry Parish Census Data[2]


Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Louisiana denominations, view the Louisiana Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Louisiana Land and Property for additional information about early Louisiana land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse where records are also currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Louisiana Local Histories. Louisiana Museums

Maps

Military

Louisiana Military History Online


Civil War

Regiments. Service men in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana:

- 2nd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Company A
- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Harrison's)(Confederate), Company K

Newspapers

 

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as St. Landry Parish, Louisiana newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the St. Landry Parish, Louisiana clerk of the district court. Many of the probate records are included in the notarial records with the deeds and mortgages. In some parishes they are known as “succession” records.

See the Wiki page Louisiana Probate Records for more information about probate records in Louisiana.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

[[Louisiana_Probate_Records|Louisiana Probate Records]  ~  information on.

Taxation

Louisiana tax records can be used in place of missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Louisiana Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. Marriages were recorded by each parish, and the records are at the parish clerk of court office. See also How to order Louisiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

Louisiana Records and Statistics Information  ~ where and how to order information.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Louisiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies


Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., St Landry Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 



 

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