Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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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."
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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."  
  
 
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron ]]Parish set off 15 March 1870, from the south portion of Calcasieu  
 
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron ]]Parish set off 15 March 1870, from the south portion of Calcasieu  
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[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22019.html Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts]  
 
[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22019.html Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts]  
  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/calhitoc.htm Calcasieu Parish history on USgenweb]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/history/ Calcasieu Parish history information on USgenweb]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/calclutc.htm Clubs and Organizations]  
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*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/LA/Calcasieu/state.html Calcasieu Parish places on the National Register of Historic Places]  
 
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/LA/Calcasieu/state.html Calcasieu Parish places on the National Register of Historic Places]  
 
*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/calendar.htm On This Day in Southwest Louisiana History]  
 
*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/calendar.htm On This Day in Southwest Louisiana History]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/caldiatc.htm 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.
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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.
  
 
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Revision as of 07:14, 9 January 2011

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
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Founded March 24, 1840
County Seat Lake Charles
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Contents

Parish Courthouse

Template:RAOGKcourthouse Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
1015 Pithon Street
PO Box 1583
Lake Charles, LA 70602

The Police Jury is the governing authority of the Parish.

History

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. [1]

Parent Parish

  • 1840--Calcasieu Parish was created 24 March 1840 from St. Landry Parish, one of the original nineteen civil parishes established by the Legislature in 1807.
    Parish seat: Lake Charles [2]

Boundary Changes

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."

Record Loss

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.

Places / Localities

Resources

African American

Calcasieu Parish Cemeteries

Census Information

Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts

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

Church

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

 

Lake Charles American Press - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.

Probate

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 and Libraries

Societies

Libraries

 

Websites

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).