Red River Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Guide to Red River Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Red River Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Red River Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Facts
Founded March 2, 1871
County Seat Coushatta
Courthouse
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Address 615 Carroll St
PO Box 485
Coushatta, LA 71019
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Parish Information

Red River Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1810 1871 1871

Parish Courthouse

Red River Parish Courthouse
615 East Carroll Street
Coushatta, LA 71019
Phone: 318.932.6741 

Clerk Court has marriage and probate records from 1871,
divorce and court records from 1904.[2]

History

Parent Parish

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

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Resources

African American

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Red River, Louisiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Parish
See Louisiana Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Red River Parish cemeteries.

Census

Census Pop.
18808,573
189011,31832.0%
190011,5482.0%
191011,402−1.3%
192015,30134.2%
193016,0785.1%
194015,881−1.2%
195012,113−23.7%
19609,978−17.6%
19709,226−7.5%
198010,43313.1%
19909,387−10.0%
20009,6222.5%
20109,091−5.5%
Red River Parish Census Data[4]

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 Red River Parish, Louisiana Genealogy. 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.

Maps

Military

Louisiana Military History Online

Civil War

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Red River Parish:

Map showing Civil War battles in Louisiana
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LA Newspaper abstracts newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a LA Newspaper abstracts Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Red River Parish, Louisiana Genealogy 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  ~  information on.

Online Probate Records

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.

Marriage
Death

Societies and Libraries

Red River Heritage
Rt 4, Box 364
Coushatta 71019-8730

Red River Heritage
1825 Ringgold Ave
Coushatta, LA 71019
Telephone: 318-932-8351


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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 264-278. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Red River Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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. 
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State