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{{Louisiana-stub}} ''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Louisiana|Louisiana]] > Calcasieu Parish''  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Calcasieu Parish
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| county_map = louisiana_calcasieu_parish_map.jpg
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| state = Louisiana
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| founded year = 1840
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| founded date = March 24
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| seat wl = Lake Charles
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| building image = LACalcasieucourthouse.jpg
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| building address =1015 Pithon Street<br />PO Box 1583<br />
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Lake Charles, LA 70602 <br />(337) 721-3500<br />[http://www.cppj.net/ '''Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Website''']
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| custom_text = <center>Parish Coordinator<br>'''[http://theusgenweb.org/la/calcasieu/ Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb]'''</center>
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Louisiana]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana|Calcasieu Parish]]''  
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.cppj.net/ Calcasieu Parish Police Jury]<br>1015 Pithon Street<br>PO Box 1583<br>Lake Charles, LA 70602  
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[http://www.calclerkofcourt.com/ Calcasieu Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1030<br>Lake Charles, LA 70602-1030<br>Phone: 337.437.3550&nbsp;<br><br>Parish&nbsp;Clerk has marrige, divorce, probate, <br>court and land records from 1910.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== Calcasieu Parish Organization  ==
  
The Police Jury is the governing authority of the Parish.
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
== History  ==
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When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river. <ref name="LCAP">Benoit, Robert. "The Division of Imperial Calcasieu." Lake Charles American Press. 15 Jan. 1989.</ref>
  
 
The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
 
The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
  
==== Parent Parish ====
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This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]], [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]].
  
*'''1840--'''Calcasieu Parish was created 24 March 1840 from [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry ]]Parish, one of the original nineteen civil parishes established by the Legislature in 1807. '''Parish seat:''' Lake Charles <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron Parish]] from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.
  
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron ]]Parish set off 15 March 1870, from the south portion of Calcasieu
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The May 3, 1912, issue of the American Press reported: "In one of the most representative meetings ever held in the state, as well as one of the most harmonious, it was decided at the parish convention in this city [Lake Charles] last night to divide Imperial Calcasieu parish into four parishes. Amicable agreements were made upon the lines of division."
*part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912
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*part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912
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*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen ]]1912
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==== Record Loss  ====
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The divisions were as follows:
  
The parish courthouse was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, and many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.  
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*Part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912.
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*Part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912.
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*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen ]]1912.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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See an interactive map of Calcasieu Parish [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/maps/ boundary changes]. (map also shows parish boundaries for census years)
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Record Loss ===
  
*'''Cities''': [[DeQuincy, Louisiana|DeQuincy ]]. [[Lake Charles, Louisiana|Lake Charles]] . [[Sulphur, Louisiana|Sulphur]] . [[Westlake, Louisiana|Westlake]]
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The parish courthouse,&nbsp;as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.  
*'''Towns''': [[Iowa, Louisiana|Iowa ]]. [[Vinton, Louisiana|Vinton]]
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*'''Communities''': Bells City . [[Carlyss, Louisiana|Carlyss ]]. Gillis . [[Moss Bluff, Louisiana|Moss Bluff]] . [[Mossville, Louisiana|Mossville]]. [[Prien, Louisiana|Prien ]]. [[Starks, Louisiana|Starks]]
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==== Neighboring Parishes or Counties  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
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{{Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana}}
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== Records and Resources  ==
  
*[[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]]
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==== African American  ====
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]]
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*[[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]]
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*[[Newton County, Texas|Newton County, Texas]]
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*[[Orange County, Texas|Orange County, Texas]]
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== Resources ==
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*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|African-American Resources for Louisiana]]<br>Links to Family History Library and Online Resources<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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{{RAOGKcemetery}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3284&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53 ePodunk]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1118 Find A Grave]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Calcasieu%20Table.shtml la-cemeteries.com]
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*[http://louisianacemeteries.wikispaces.com/Calcasieu+Parish Louisiana Cemetery Preservation]
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*[http://louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=10 Louisiana Gravestone Photo Project]
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*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/swlacem073.htm Southwest Louisiana Cemetery Collection at McNeese University]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/calcas.htm Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/cemeteries/cemlist.txt usgwarchives.net]
  
==== Land ====
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==== Census Information ====
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*[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22019.html Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts]
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| scope="row" | 1840<br>
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| [http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1840fams.txt 1840 Census - Text]
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| [http://www.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1840/ 1840 Census - Images]
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| scope="row" | 1850
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| [http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1850cal.txt 1850 Census - Text]
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==== Church Records<br> ====
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*[http://usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/church.htm Lists of early and current Calcasieu Parish churches on usgwarchives]
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==== Land and Property<br> ====
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Default.asp?Tab1=2&f1=LA&f2=&f3= Calcasieu Parish Land Patent Search]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2:historyofsouthwestlouisiana&catid=19&Itemid=3 A Timeline History of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/history/ Calcasieu Parish history information on USgenweb]
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*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/LA/Calcasieu/state.html Calcasieu Parish places on the National Register of Historic Places]
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*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/calendar.htm On This Day in Southwest Louisiana History]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/history/diary/ Thomas Rigmaiden's Diary] - Thomas Rigmaiden, Imperial Calcasieu's first school teacher, kept a diary from 1836 to 1865. The diary entries are a great resource about the people and events of early Calcasieu Parish.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/LA/Parish/calcasieu.htm 1895 Map of Calcasieu Parish]
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*[http://www.cppj.net/index.aspx?page=471 GIS Maps of Calcasieu Parish] - Downloadable/printable pdf maps, including cities, political districts, parks and Government buildings.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=637 Confederate Pension Applications] - The Louisiana Secretary of State's searchable database contains over 49,000 names that were included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners.
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/military/ Military Records on USGenWeb]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/louisiana/calcasieu1.htm Calcasieu Parish, World War II Casualties, Army and Air Force]
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
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{{RAOGKobituary}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://www.americanpress.com/ Lake Charles American Press] - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/louisiana/Calcasieu/ Chronicling America - Calcasieu Parish] - Directory of Calcasieu Parish newspapers, Library of Congress website
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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== Web Sites ==
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==== Public Libraries ====
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=192962&subject_disp=Louisiana%2C+Calcasieu&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library Catalog for Calcasieu Parish.  
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*The Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb Project, an member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/CalcasieuP/ Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://calcasieulibrary.org/ Calcasieu Parish Public Library]<br>411 Pujo St.<br>Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601<br>Telephone: (337) 721-7110<br>The library houses the [http://www.calcasieu.lib.la.us/SouthwestLouisianaGenealogicalandHistoricalLibrary.htm Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library]
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*[http://cdm15140.contentdm.oclc.org/index.php Louisiana Digital Library] - Online library containing photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, and oral histories that document history and culture
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*[http://www.library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/index.htm McNeese State University Archives and Special Collections]
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=== Taxation  ===
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/taxlists/taxroll.txt 1865 Tax Roll]
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=== Vital Records  ===
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'''Birth records''' going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.
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'''Death records''' - [http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Home/Archives/ResearchLibrary/VitalRecords/LouisianaDeaths/tabid/640/Default.aspx Louisiana Secretary of State] - Search the Louisiana death records database and order certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Louisiana over 50 years ago. Search by deceased's name, parish or month of death.
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== Societies  ==
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*[http://www.brimstonemuseum.org/ Brimstone Historical Society - Sulphur]
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*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.org/ Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society]
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*[http://louisianadar.com/calchap.html Daughters of the American Revolution - Calcasieu Chapter]
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*[http://homepages.xspedius.net/mwhitlow1/labayou.html Daughters of the American Revolution - Louisiana Bayou Chapter]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laslgs/swlgs.htm The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society] - A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to gathering, processing and preserving genealogical material by promoting interest in genealogy.
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*[http://www.swlahistory.org/ The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association] - The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association (SWLHA) encourages the study of history in Louisiana, with particular emphasis on the history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana.
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== Websites  ==
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Calcasieu|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Calcasieu Parish.  
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*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/ Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calcasieu-Historical-Preservation-Society/112497815496019 Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society on facebook]
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/la/calcasieu/ Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb Project], a member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/CalcasieuP/ Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/marriages/louisiana/calcasieu.htm Calcasieu Parish Marriage Project] - transcriptions of marriage applications and other marriage records as recorded in the parish court house and state archives.
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Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
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Founded March 24, 1840
County Seat Lake Charles
Courthouse
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Address 1015 Pithon Street
PO Box 1583

Lake Charles, LA 70602
(337) 721-3500
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Parish Courthouse

Calcasieu Parish Courthouse
PO Box 1030
Lake Charles, LA 70602-1030
Phone: 337.437.3550 

Parish Clerk has marrige, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1910.[1]

Calcasieu Parish Organization

Historical Facts

When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated St. Landry Parish. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of St. Landry Parish. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river. [2]

The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. [3]

This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jefferson Davis.

Boundary Changes

In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of Cameron Parish from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.

The May 3, 1912, issue of the American Press reported: "In one of the most representative meetings ever held in the state, as well as one of the most harmonious, it was decided at the parish convention in this city [Lake Charles] last night to divide Imperial Calcasieu parish into four parishes. Amicable agreements were made upon the lines of division."

The divisions were as follows:

See an interactive map of Calcasieu Parish boundary changes. (map also shows parish boundaries for census years)

Record Loss

The parish courthouse, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.

Places / Localities

Records and Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Census Information


Year   Link to Census Text
Link to Census Images
1840
1840 Census - Text 1840 Census - Images
1850 1850 Census - Text

Church Records

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

 

Probate Records

Repositories

Public Libraries

 

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth records going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.

Death records - Louisiana Secretary of State - Search the Louisiana death records database and order certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Louisiana over 50 years ago. Search by deceased's name, parish or month of death.

Societies

Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Thanks to the Calcasieu Wiki Contributors

Anyone can be a contributor. Contributors are people who write and edit the pages for FamilySearch Wiki. Thanks to the following contributors for helping to build this page (in alpha order). Help grow the wiki and add content today!

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Benoit, Robert. "The Division of Imperial Calcasieu." Lake Charles American Press. 15 Jan. 1989.
  3. Wikipedia