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Guide to '''West Baton Rouge 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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=== Parish Information ===
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==== West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Record Dates  ====
  
''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Louisiana]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[West_Baton_Rouge_Parish,_Louisiana|West Baton Rouge Parish]]''  
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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" | '''[[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1793
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1810
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
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<br>West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 107<br>Port Allen, LA 70767-0757<br>Phone:. 225.383.0378&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk Court has birth, marriage, probate and land records.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., West Carroll Parish, Louisiana p 293 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 107<br>Port Allen, LA 70767-0757<br>Phone:. 225.383.0378&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk Court has birth, marriage, probate and land records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., West Carroll Parish, Louisiana p 293 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent Parish  ====
 
==== Parent Parish  ====
  
*'''1807--'''West Baton Rouge Parish was created 31 March 1807 from [[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana|Pointe Coupee ]]Parish. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Port Allen <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1807--'''West Baton Rouge Parish was created 31 March 1807 from [[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Pointe Coupee ]]Parish. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Port Allen <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of West Baton Rouge Parish [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/maps/ boundary changes].  
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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  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Parishes or Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Parishes or Counties  ====
  
*[[East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|East Baton Rouge]]  
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[[Image:Lawestbatonrouge.png|250px]]
*[[East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|East Feliciana]]  
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*[[Iberville Parish, Louisiana|Iberville]]  
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*[[East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|East Baton Rouge]]  
*[[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana|Pointe Coupee]]  
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*[[East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|East Feliciana]]  
*[[West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|West Feliciana]]
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*[[Iberville Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Iberville]]  
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*[[Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Pointe Coupee]]  
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*[[West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|West Feliciana]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/louisiana/index.htm Louisiana African American Griots Project]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/louisiana/index.htm Louisiana African American Griots Project]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
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*'''1719-1820''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/slaverecords.html West Baton Rouge Parish Slave Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Biographies ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/bios.html West Baton Rouge Parish Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/westbatonrouge/wbrbios.htm Index to West Baton Rouge Parish Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}&nbsp;
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{{LA Cemeteries Intro|West Baton Rouge}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of West Baton Rouge, Louisiana''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</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=1169&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lawestba/wbr.htm LAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/westbatonrouge/wbrcemeteries.htm LAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/westbatonrouge.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=61 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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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"|
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/louisian.html LA Tombstone Transcription Project]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; partial records and photos&nbsp; ~ &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+West+Baton+Rouge+Louisiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638  WorldCat]
*[http://www.interment.net/us/la/index.htm Interment.net]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;LA cemetery records by county&nbsp;
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; listing by county&nbsp;  
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the Parish'''</center>
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/louisian.html FindaGrave.com]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; cemetery records with search by cemetery, by surname
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1169 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=WestBatonRouge&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20West%20BR%20Table.shtml Louisiana Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/louisiana-cemetery-records.htm Louisiana Cemetery Records]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[[Louisiana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web sites may have additional information on West Baton Rouge  Parish cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/LA/index.htm Interment.net] Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp;~ listing by county&nbsp;
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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| estimate= 22463
 
| estimate= 22463
 
| estyear= 2006
 
| estyear= 2006
| estref=<REF>{{cite web|url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22121.html|title=West Baton Rouge Parish Quickfacts|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</REF>
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| estref=<ref>{{cite web|url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22121.html|title=West Baton Rouge Parish Quickfacts|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
| footnote=West Baton Rouge Parish Census Data<REF>{{cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt|title=Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</REF>
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| footnote=West Baton Rouge Parish Census Data<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt|title=Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
 
}}  
 
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/westbatonrouge/wbrcensus.htm West Baton Rouge Parish Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_l.htm Louisiana Census Images]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Census Images Project
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_l.htm Louisiana Census Images]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Census Images Project
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
*[http://bayougenealogy.com/lalink.html Louisiana Historical Church Information&nbsp;]  
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{{LA Church Intro}}
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*[http://louisiana.hometownlocator.com/features/historical,class,church.cfm Louisiana Historical Church Information]  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/louisiana.htm Directory of Churches in Louisiana]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; by city&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Church Angel
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/louisiana.htm Directory of Churches in Louisiana]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; by city&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Church Angel
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/westbatonrouge/wbrcourt.htm West Baton Rouge Parish Court Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{LA Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/69/Default.aspx Louisiana Museums]  
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{{LA History}}
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*[http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/VisitMuseums/Pages/default.aspx Louisiana Museums]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)]
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/maps/ USGW Digital Map Collection]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/maps/ USGW Digital Map Collection]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]  
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*[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]
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*'''1818-1872''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/west_baton_rouge_parish_pensioners.html West Baton Rouge Pensioners, 1818-1872] (Genealogy Trails)
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=====Civil War=====
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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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*'''1898-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1838535|Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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=====World War II=====
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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
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/ww2enlistments.html West Baton Rouge Enlistments, World War II] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://www.newslink.org/lanews.html Louisiana Newspaper&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; listing&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Newslink
 
*[http://www.newslink.org/lanews.html Louisiana Newspaper&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; listing&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Newslink
  
{{RAOGKobituary}}&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as ''West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers'' in online catalogs like:
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:*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=West%2BBaton%2BRouge%2BParish%2BNewspapers&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
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:*Do a West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]]).
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==== Obituaries ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/obits.html West Baton Rouge Parish Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/westbatonrouge//wbrobits.htm Index to West Baton Rouge Parish Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
[[Louisiana Probate Records|Louisiana Probate Records]]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; information on.  
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{{LA Probate Intro}}
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[[Louisiana Probate Records|Louisiana Probate Records]]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; information on.
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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 $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{LA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
[http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?id=252 Louisiana Records and Statistics Information]&nbsp; ~ where and how to order information.  
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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] ~ where and how to order information.
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=====Birth=====
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*'''1847-1853''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/births.html West Baton Rouge Parish Birth Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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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://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/marriages.html West Baton Rouge Parish Marriage Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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=====Death=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/deaths.html West Baton Rouge Parish Death Records] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]  
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'''West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1126<br>Port Allen 70767-1126<br>[https://www.facebook.com/WestBatonRougeGenealogicalSociety/ Facebook Page]<br>
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'''West Baton Rouge Museum and Historical Society'''<br> 845 North Jefferson Ave.<br> Port Allen 70767-2417<br>Telephone: 225-336-2422 or 1-888-881-6811<br>Fax: 225-336-3448<br>[http://westbatonrougemuseum.com/home/ Website]<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]
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*[http://louisianahistoricalsociety.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Association]
 
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Association]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
 
{{RAOGKlibrary}}  
 
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://lagenweb.net LAGenWeb]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Louisiana State Records
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/west-baton-rouge-parish/ West Baton Rouge Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Records, Maps, Archives and Other Projects
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103807602346008156796 Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/lafiles.htm Louisiana Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+West+Baton+Rouge|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/wbatroug.htm West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives]  
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+West+Baton+Rouge|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/West_Baton_RougeP/ West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/West_Baton_RougeP/ West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/westbatonrouge/index.html West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/West-Baton-Rouge-Parish.htm West Baton Rouge Parish LA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
{{wikipedia|align="left"|West_Baton_Rouge_Parish,_Louisiana|West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana}}  
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{{wikipedia|align="left"|West_Baton_Rouge_Parish,_Louisiana|West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Latest revision as of 21:34, 26 April 2017

United States
Louisiana
West Baton Rouge Parish

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

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West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting West Baton Rouge Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 31, 1807
County Seat Port Allen
Courthouse
LAWestBatonRougecourthouse.jpg
Address 850 8th Street
Port Allen, LA 70767
Website: wbrcouncil.org
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Parish Information

West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1793 1810 1800s 1800s

Parish Courthouse

West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse
P O Box 107
Port Allen, LA 70767-0757
Phone:. 225.383.0378 

Clerk Court has birth, marriage, probate and land records.[2]

History

Parent Parish

  • 1807--West Baton Rouge Parish was created 31 March 1807 from Pointe Coupee Parish.
    Parish seat: Port Allen [3]

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

Lawestbatonrouge.png

Resources

African American

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of West Baton Rouge, 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 West Baton Rouge Parish cemeteries.

Census

Census Pop.
190010,285
191012,63622.9%
192011,092−12.2%
19309,716−12.4%
194011,26315.9%
195011,7384.2%
196014,79626.1%
197016,86414.0%
198019,08613.2%
199019,4191.7%
200021,60111.2%
Est. 200622,463[4]4.0%
West Baton Rouge Parish Census Data[5]

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 West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

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

Birth
Marriage
Death

Societies and Libraries

West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society
PO Box 1126
Port Allen 70767-1126
Facebook Page


West Baton Rouge Museum and Historical Society
845 North Jefferson Ave.
Port Allen 70767-2417
Telephone: 225-336-2422 or 1-888-881-6811
Fax: 225-336-3448
Website


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
Wikipedia has more about this subject: West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

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., West Carroll Parish, Louisiana p 293 (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. "West Baton Rouge Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22121.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  5. 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.