Vernon Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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


Vernon Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Vernon Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 30, 1871
County Seat Leesville
Address 215 S. 4th Street
Leesville, LA 71446
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Parish Information

Vernon Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1890 1810 1890 1890

Vernon Parish Courthouse

Vernon Parish Courthouse
201 S 3rd Street
PO Box 40
Leesville, LA 71496-0040
Phone: 337.238.1384 

Parish Clerk has marrige records from 1890,
divorce, probate and court records from 1871.[2]

Parish Courthouse

Vernon Parish Police Jury
PO Box 1548
Leesville, LA
(The parish does not have its own website.)


  • Named for Mount Vernon

Parent Parish

1871--Vernon Parish was created 30 March 1871 from Natchitoches, Rapides, and Sabine Parishes.
Parish seat: Leesville [2]

Boundary Changes

not apparent

For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps" (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Cities: DeRidder . Leesville
  • Towns: Hornbeck . New Llano . Rosepine
  • Villages: Anacoco . Simpson
  • Military: Fort Polk

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


Allen | Beauregard | Natchitoches | Rapides | Sabine | Newton County, Texas


African American


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
[LAGENWEBURL LAGenWeb] WorldCat Billion Graves
LAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Louisiana Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Louisiana Cemeteries for more information.


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.



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 Vernon 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. Louisiana Museums



Louisiana Military History Online

Civil War

Online Records


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Vernon Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Vernon 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


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.

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


Societies and Libraries

Vernon Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 275
1401 Nolan Trace
Leesville, LA 71446

Central Louisiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 12206
Alexandria, LA 71315-2206

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.

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Vernon Parish, Louisiana


  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. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Vernon Parish, Louisiana p 293 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content