Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Calcasieu Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded 24 March, 1840
County Seat Lake Charles

Parish Courthouse

Template:RAOGKcourthouse Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
1015 Pithon Street
PO Box 1583
Lake Charles, LA 70602

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. [1]

Parent Parish

  • 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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


Calcasieu Parish Cemeteries

Census Information

Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts

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



Local Histories



  • 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.



Lake Charles American Press - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.



Vital Records

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

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 and Libraries






  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).