Tensas Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]  
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*Civil War: [http://nutrias.org/~nopl/inv/1911/tensas.htm Enumeration of Ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers: Tensas Parish, 1911]<br>
*World War II: [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=3475&mtch=482&q=tensas&cat=all&dt=893&tf=F Enlistment Records, Residence County [sic] Tensas]<br>
*World War II: [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=3475&mtch=13&q=tensas&cat=all&dt=929&tf=F Enlistment Records, Reserve Corps, Residence County [sic] Tensas]
*World War II: Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Louisiana., 1946: [http://media.nara.gov/media/images/28/30/28-2985a.gif Tensas Parish]<br>
*Korean War:[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=532&mtch=9&q=tensas&cat=all&dt=230&tf=F Dead and Wounded Army Casualties]<br>
*Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, and Terrorism Wars, and Peacetime (1950-2006): [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=4773&mtch=8&q=tensas&cat=all&dt=2514&tf=F Casualties]
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Guide to Tensas Parish Louisiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Tensas Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 17, 1843
County Seat St. Joseph
Address 201 Hancock St.
St. Joseph, LA 71366
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Parish Courthouse

Tensas Parish Courthouse
Courthouse Square; PO Box 78;
Saint Joseph, LA 71366
Phone: 318.766.3921 

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


Parent Parish

  • 1843--Tensas Parish was created 17 March 1843 from Concordia Parish.
    Parish seat: Saint Joseph [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Tensas Parish boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties



African American




Census Pop.
Tensas Parish Census Data[2]




Local Histories

Biographical And Historical Memoirs of Louisiana: Embracing an Authentic And Comprehensive Account of the Chief Events In the History of the State, a Special Sketch of Every Parish And a Record of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy And Illustrious Families And Individuals ... Chicago: The Goodspeed publishing company, 1892. (Tensas Parish is described on pages 203-204 in Volume 2. In addition, a search for "Tensas" in this book  will bring up brief biographies of several residents of the parish.)

Louisiana Works Progress Administration (WPA). St. Joseph in Tensas Parish, Louisiana from the 1930s. 1936.


United States Digital Map Library: Lousiana: Tensas Parish (Note: scroll down to Tensas Parish)

Johnson's Plantation, Section and Township Map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana..., 1873

Johnson’s Plantation and Township Map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana, 1878

Map of the Parish of Tensas, Louisiana, 1860

Also see 1940 Census Enumeration District Maps above.



Current Newspapers:

Louisiana Newspaper List - USNPL lists newspapers by city, name.

Historical Newspapers:

The original weekly Tensas Gazette was founded in 1852 in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Since that time it has operated under various owners and names. One of the oldest newspapers in Louisiana, it is still in publication under its orginal name. The Library of Congress has digitized the issues from 1894 to 1922 which can be browsed or searched at its Chronicling America website.

See the Chronicling America website for a full history of the Tensas Gazette, as well as information on the Waterproof Enterprise which was published in the early 1900s.


Louisiana Probate Records  ~  information on.


Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Museums and Historic Sites

National Register of Historic Places: Lousiana: Tensas

Winter Quarters State Historic Site, St. Joseph, Louisiana: The only plantation left standing in Tensas Parish after Grant's troops marched through in 1863. (Currently under repair until 2014.)


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Tensas Parish, Louisiana


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Tensas Parish, Louisiana p 293 (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.