Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
|Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||24 March, 1840|
|County Seat||Lake Charles|
- 1 Parish Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
The Police Jury is the governing authority of the Parish.
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. 
- 1840--Calcasieu Parish was created 24 March 1840 from St. Landry Parish, one of the original nineteen civil parishes established by the Legislature in 1807. Parish seat: Lake Charles 
- Cameron Parish set off 15 March 1870, from the south portion of Calcasieu
- part set off for Jefferson Davis Parish 12 June 1912
- part set off for Beauregard Parish 12 Jun 1912
- Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, Rapides 1852, St. Landry 1852, Vermilion 1871, Allen 1912
The parish courthouse was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, and many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.
Places / Localities
- Cities: DeQuincy . Lake Charles . Sulphur . Westlake
- Towns: Iowa . Vinton
- Communities: Bells City . Carlyss . Gillis . Moss Bluff . Mossville. Prien . Starks
Neighboring Parishes or Counties
- Beauregard Parish, Louisiana
- Cameron Parish, Louisiana
- Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
- Newton County, Texas
- Orange County, Texas
Calcasieu Parish Cemeteries
- Find A Grave
- Louisiana Cemetery Preservation
- Louisiana Gravestone Photo Project
- Southwest Louisiana Cemetery Collection at McNeese University
- Tombstone Transcription Project
|Year|| Link to Census Text
||Link to Census Images|
||1840 Census - Text||1840 Census - Images|
|1850||1850 Census - Text|| |
Lake Charles American Press - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.
Viital records going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020
Societies and Libraries
- The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society - A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to gathering, processing and preserving genealogical material by promoting interest in genealogy.
- Calcasieu Parish Public Library
- McNeese State University Archives and Special Collections
- Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library
- FamilySearch.org Family History Library Catalog for Calcasieu Parish.
- The Calcasieu Parish LAGenWeb Project, a member of The LAGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).