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Founded April 1, 1843
County Seat Mansfield
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Parish Courthouse

DeSoto Parish Courthouse
Parish Courthouse
Mansfield, LA 71052
Phone: 318.872.3110 

Parish Clerk has marriage and land records
from 1843, divorce, probate and court records. [1]


Parish Courthouse

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Quick Facts

  • Named for Hernando deSoto (small "d"), the Spaniard who explored the future southeastern United States, discovered and named the Mississippi River.
  • The first Parish courthouse was a log house.

Parent Parish

  • 1 April 1843: DeSoto Parish was created from Natchitoches and Caddo Parishes.
    Parish seat: Mansfield [1]

Boundary Changes

  • Eastern part of the parish was set off 2 March 1871 to form Red River Parish
  • See an interactive map of DeSoto Parish boundary changes. (map also shows parish boundaries for census years)

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • City: Mansfield
  • Towns: Keachi . Logansport . Stonewall
  • Villages: Grand Cane . Longstreet . South Mansfield . Stanley

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

Resources

African American



Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

 





Census

Census Pop.
190025,063
191027,68910.5%
192029,3766.1%
193031,0165.6%
194031,8032.5%
195024,398−23.3%
196024,248−0.6%
197022,764−6.1%
198025,72713.0%
199025,346−1.5%
200025,4940.6%
Est. 200626,390[2]3.5%
De Soto Parish Census Data[3]


















Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Louisiana Museums

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in DeSoto Parish.  

Map showing Civil War battles in Louisiana.

Louisiana Military History Online

Newspapers

  





Probate

Louisiana Probate Records  ~  information on.

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

 

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. DeSoto Parish, Louisiana p 290 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. United States Census Bureau. "De Soto Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22031.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)

 

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