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Guide to '''Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Louisiana]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana|Calcasieu Parish]]''
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=== Parish Information  ===
  
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==== Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Record Dates  ====
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
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[http://www.calclerkofcourt.com/ Calcasieu Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1030<br>Lake Charles, LA 70602-1030<br>Phone: 337.437.3550&nbsp;<br><br>Parish&nbsp;Clerk has marrige, divorce, probate, <br>court and land records from 1910.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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[http://www.calclerkofcourt.com/ Calcasieu Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box 1030<br>Lake Charles, LA 70602-1030<br>Phone: 337.437.3550&nbsp;<br><br>Parish&nbsp;Clerk has marrige, divorce, probate, <br>court and land records from 1910.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
== Calcasieu Parish Organization  ==
 
== Calcasieu Parish Organization  ==
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river. <ref name="LCAP">Benoit, Robert. "The Division of Imperial Calcasieu." Lake Charles American Press. 15 Jan. 1989.</ref>  
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When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Landry Parish]]. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Landry Parish]]. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river. <ref name="LCAP">Benoit, Robert. "The Division of Imperial Calcasieu." Lake Charles American Press. 15 Jan. 1989.</ref>  
  
 
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. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
 
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. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
  
This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]], [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]].  
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This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Cameron]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Beauregard]], [[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Allen]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Jefferson Davis]].  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron Parish]] from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.  
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In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Cameron Parish]] from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.  
  
 
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."  
 
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 divisions were as follows:  
 
The divisions were as follows:  
  
*Part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912.  
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*Part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912.  
*Part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912.  
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*Part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912.  
*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen ]]1912.
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*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Allen ]]1912.
  
See an interactive map of Calcasieu Parish [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/maps/ boundary changes]. (map also shows parish boundaries for census years)
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For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps"] (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
  
The parish courthouse,&nbsp;as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.  
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'''1910'''  The parish courthouse,&nbsp;as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged. <br>
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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{{Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana}}  
 
{{Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana}}  
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[[Image:Lacalcasieu.png|300px]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|African-American Resources for Louisiana]]<br>Links to Family History Library and Online Resources<br>
 
*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|African-American Resources for Louisiana]]<br>Links to Family History Library and Online Resources<br>
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==== Bible Records ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/bibles.htm Calcasieu Parish Bible Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Biographies ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/bios.htm Index to Calcasieu Parish Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/calcasieu/bios.html Calcasieu Parish Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{LA Cemeteries Intro|Calcasieu}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Calcasieu, Louisiana''' online and in print</center>
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*[https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=20&GScnty=1118&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.theusgenweb.org/la/calcasieu/links.html LAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/cemetery.htm LAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/calcas.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=10 Louisiana Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|518256|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Calcasieu+Louisiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the Parish'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1118 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Louisiana&county=Calcasieu&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Calcasieu%20Table.shtml Louisiana Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/louisiana-cemetery-records.htm Louisiana Cemetery Records]
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The following web sites may have additional information on Calcasieu Parish cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3284&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53 ePodunk]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/LA/index.htm Interment.net] Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1118 Find A Grave]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Calcasieu%20Table.shtml la-cemeteries.com]
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp;~ listing by county&nbsp;
*[http://louisianacemeteries.wikispaces.com/Calcasieu+Parish Louisiana Cemetery Preservation]  
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*[http://louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=10 Louisiana Gravestone Photo Project]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3284&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53  Cemeteries in or around Calcasieu Louisiana] by epodunk.com
*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/swlacem073.htm Southwest Louisiana Cemetery Collection at McNeese University]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/calcas.htm Tombstone Transcription Project]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/cemeteries/cemlist.txt usgwarchives.net]
 
  
 
==== Census Information  ====
 
==== Census Information  ====
  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/census.htm Calcasieu Parish Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[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://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1840fams.txt 1840 Census - Text]  
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| [http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/census/1840fams.txt 1840 Census - Text]  
| [http://www.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1840/ 1840 Census - Images]
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| [http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/census/1840/ 1840 Census - Images]
 
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| scope="row" | 1850  
 
| scope="row" | 1850  
| [http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/census/1850cal.txt 1850 Census - Text]  
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| [http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/census/1850cal.txt 1850 Census - Text]  
 
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==== Church Records<br> ====
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==== Church Records====
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{{LA Church Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/churches/earlychu.txt Early Churches of Calcasieu Parish] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Church-Records.htm Calcasieu Parish Church Records] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/churches/churlist.txt Current Churches of Calcasieu Parish] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/church.htm Lists of early and current Calcasieu Parish churches on usgwarchives]
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==== Land and Property  ====
  
==== Land and Property<br> ====
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{{LA Land}}
  
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Default.asp?Tab1=2&f1=LA&f2=&f3= Calcasieu Parish Land Patent Search]
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*[https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Calcasieu Parish Land Patent Search]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/land.htm Calcasieu Parish Land and Tax Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2:historyofsouthwestlouisiana&catid=19&Itemid=3 A Timeline History of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana]<br>
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{{LA History}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/history/ Calcasieu Parish history information on USgenweb]  
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*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2:historyofsouthwestlouisiana&catid=19&Itemid=3 A Timeline History of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana]<br>  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/history/ Calcasieu Parish history information on USGenWeb]  
 
*[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://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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/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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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/history.htm Calcasieu Parish History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Historical-Records.htm Calcasieu Parish LA Historical Records] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/LA/Parish/calcasieu.htm 1895 Map of Calcasieu Parish]  
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/LA/Parish/calcasieu.htm 1895 Map of Calcasieu Parish]  
 
*[http://www.cppj.net/index.aspx?page=471 GIS Maps of Calcasieu Parish] - Downloadable/printable pdf maps, including cities, political districts, parks and Government buildings.
 
*[http://www.cppj.net/index.aspx?page=471 GIS Maps of Calcasieu Parish] - Downloadable/printable pdf maps, including cities, political districts, parks and Government buildings.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/military/ Military Records on USGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/military.htm Calcasieu Parish Military Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932372|Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932399|Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/calcasieu/calcasieu_1883_pensioners.html Calcasieu Parish Pensioners on the Rolls as of January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1898-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1838535|Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images 
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*[http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/ResearchHistoricalRecords/LocateHistoricalRecords/Pages/ConfederatePensionDatabase.aspx Confederate Pension Applications] - The Louisiana Secretary of State's searchable database contains over 49,000 names that were included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners.
  
*[http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=637 Confederate Pension Applications] - The Louisiana Secretary of State's searchable database contains over 49,000 names that were included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners.
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=====World War II=====
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/military/ Military Records on USGenWeb]  
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1916286|Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/louisiana/calcasieu1.htm Calcasieu Parish, World War II Casualties, Army and Air Force]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/louisiana/calcasieu1.htm Calcasieu Parish, World War II Casualties, Army and Air Force]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
*[http://www.americanpress.com/ Lake Charles American Press] - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.  
 
*[http://www.americanpress.com/ Lake Charles American Press] - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.  
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/louisiana/Calcasieu/ Chronicling America - Calcasieu Parish] - Directory of Calcasieu Parish newspapers, Library of Congress website
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/louisiana/Calcasieu/ Chronicling America - Calcasieu Parish] - Directory of Calcasieu Parish newspapers, Library of Congress website
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/news.htm Calcasieu Parish News Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Newspapers-and-Obituaries.htm Calcasieu Parish Newspapers and Obituaries] (LDS Genealogy)
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{{LA Newspaper abstracts|Calcasieu}}
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==== Obituaries ====
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Newspapers-and-Obituaries.htm Calcasieu Parish Newspapers and Obituaries] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/calcasieu/obits.html Calcasieu Parish Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/obits.htm Calcasieu Parish Obituary Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{LA Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1756 – 1984''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9067 Louisiana Wills and Probate Records 1756-1984] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
{{RAOGKlibrary}}
 
  
 
*[http://calcasieulibrary.org/ Calcasieu Parish Public Library]<br>411 Pujo St.<br>Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601<br>Telephone: (337) 721-7110<br>The library houses the [http://www.calcasieu.lib.la.us/SouthwestLouisianaGenealogicalandHistoricalLibrary.htm Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library]  
 
*[http://calcasieulibrary.org/ Calcasieu Parish Public Library]<br>411 Pujo St.<br>Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601<br>Telephone: (337) 721-7110<br>The library houses the [http://www.calcasieu.lib.la.us/SouthwestLouisianaGenealogicalandHistoricalLibrary.htm Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library]  
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/calcasieu/taxlists/taxroll.txt 1865 Tax Roll]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/taxlists/taxroll.txt 1865 Tax Roll]
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
'''Birth records''' going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.  
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{{LA Vital Intro}}
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[http://www.ldh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/subhome/21 Louisiana Records and Statistics Information]&nbsp; ~ where and how to order information.
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=====Birth=====
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'''Birth records''' going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/births.htm Calcasieu Parish Birth Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Birth-Records.htm Calcasieu Parish LA Birth Records] (LDS Genealogy)
  
'''Death records''' - [http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Home/Archives/ResearchLibrary/VitalRecords/LouisianaDeaths/tabid/640/Default.aspx 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.  
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''1837-1957''' -  {{RecordSearch|1807364|Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Marriage-Records.htm Calcasieu Parish LA Marriage Records] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/calcasieu/news_marriages.html Calcasieu County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/marriage.htm Calcasieu Parish Marriage Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=====Death=====
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'''Death records''' - [http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Home/Archives/ResearchLibrary/VitalRecords/LouisianaDeaths/tabid/640/Default.aspx 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.
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Calcasieu-Parish-Death-Records.htm Calcasieu Parish LA Death Records] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasieu/deaths.htm Calcasieu Parish Death Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
== Societies  ==
 
== Societies  ==
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'''Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society'''<br>1635 Hodges St.<br>Lake Charles 70601-6016<br><br>
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'''Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society'''<br>PO Box 1214<br>1635 Hodges St., Lake Charles 70601-6016<br>[http://www.calcasieupreservation.org/ Webstie]<br><br>
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'''Brimstone Museum and Historical Society'''<br> 800 Picard Rd<br> Sulphur LA 70663-4362<br><br>
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'''Starks Historical Society'''<br>664 Old River Road<br> Starks, Louisiana 70661<br><br>
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/la-society-archive/ Louisiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
*[http://www.brimstonemuseum.org/ Brimstone Historical Society - Sulphur]  
 
*[http://www.brimstonemuseum.org/ Brimstone Historical Society - Sulphur]  
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*[http://homepages.xspedius.net/mwhitlow1/labayou.html Daughters of the American Revolution - Louisiana Bayou Chapter]  
 
*[http://homepages.xspedius.net/mwhitlow1/labayou.html Daughters of the American Revolution - Louisiana Bayou Chapter]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laslgs/swlgs.htm The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society] - A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to gathering, processing and preserving genealogical material by promoting interest in genealogy.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laslgs/swlgs.htm The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society] - A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to gathering, processing and preserving genealogical material by promoting interest in genealogy.  
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*[http://louisianahistoricalsociety.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.swlahistory.org/ The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association] - The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association (SWLHA) encourages the study of history in Louisiana, with particular emphasis on the history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana.
 
*[http://www.swlahistory.org/ The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association] - The Southwest Louisiana Historical Association (SWLHA) encourages the study of history in Louisiana, with particular emphasis on the history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana.
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Calcasieu|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Calcasieu Parish.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/calcasieu-parish/ Calcasieu Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103807602346008156796 Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Calcasieu|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Calcasieu Parish.  
 
*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/ Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society]  
 
*[http://www.calcasieupreservation.com/ Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calcasieu-Historical-Preservation-Society/112497815496019 Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society on facebook]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calcasieu-Historical-Preservation-Society/112497815496019 Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society on facebook]  
*[http://theusgenweb.org/la/calcasieu/ Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb Project], a member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.theusgenweb.org/la/calcasieu/index.html Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb Project], a member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/calcasie.htm Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/CalcasieuP/ Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/CalcasieuP/ Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/marriages/louisiana/calcasieu.htm Calcasieu Parish Marriage Project] - transcriptions of marriage applications and other marriage records as recorded in the parish court house and state archives.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/marriages/louisiana/calcasieu.htm Calcasieu Parish Marriage Project] - transcriptions of marriage applications and other marriage records as recorded in the parish court house and state archives.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/calcasieu/index.html Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
  
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== Thanks to the Calcasieu Wiki Contributors<br> ==
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:26, 20 April 2017

United States
Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish

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

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Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting Calcasieu Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 24, 1840
County Seat Lake Charles
Courthouse
LACalcasieucourthouse.jpg
Address 1015 Pithon Street
PO Box 1583

Lake Charles, LA 70602
(337) 721-3500
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Website

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Parish Information

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1910 1810 1910 1910

Parish Courthouse

Calcasieu Parish Courthouse
PO Box 1030
Lake Charles, LA 70602-1030
Phone: 337.437.3550 

Parish Clerk has marrige, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1910.[2]

Calcasieu Parish Organization

Historical Facts

When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated St. Landry Parish. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of St. Landry Parish. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river. [3]

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. [4]

This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jefferson Davis.

Boundary Changes

In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of Cameron Parish from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.

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."

The divisions were as follows:

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

1910 The parish courthouse, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places / Localities

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Records and Resources

African American

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Calcasieu, 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 Calcasieu Parish cemeteries.

Census Information


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

Church Records

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

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 Calcasieu 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

Civil War

Online Records

World War II

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate Records

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

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Public Libraries

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.

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

Birth

Birth records going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.

Marriage
Death

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

Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society
1635 Hodges St.
Lake Charles 70601-6016

Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society
PO Box 1214
1635 Hodges St., Lake Charles 70601-6016
Webstie

Brimstone Museum and Historical Society
800 Picard Rd
Sulphur LA 70663-4362

Starks Historical Society
664 Old River Road
Starks, Louisiana 70661

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

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Thanks to the Calcasieu Wiki Contributors

Anyone can be a contributor. Contributors are people who write and edit the pages for FamilySearch Wiki. Thanks to the following contributors for helping to build this page (in alpha order). Help grow the wiki and add content today!

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., Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Benoit, Robert. "The Division of Imperial Calcasieu." Lake Charles American Press. 15 Jan. 1989.
  4. Wikipedia