Louisiana Genealogy & History Network





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Welcome to the Louisiana Genealogy & History Network


Welcome to the Louisiana Genealogy & History Network providing free information to genealogists and historical researchers.


To share your Louisiana genealogy or history information, send an email to laghn@outlook.com - we will be pleased to include it here. If you have information to share for specific Louisiana Parishes, visit that parish's website and follow the links.







About Louisiana....


Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Louisiana is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States.


Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Cameron Parish.


Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so strongly influenced by an admixture of 18th century French, Spanish, Native American (Indian) and African cultures that they are considered to be somewhat exceptional in the U.S. Before the American influx and statehood at the beginning of the 19th century, the territory of current Louisiana State had been a Spanish and French colony. In addition, the pattern of development included importing numerous African slaves in the 18th century, with many from the same region of West Africa, thus concentrating their culture.







Louisiana Parishes



Acadia Parish - Formed in 1886. Parish seat is Crowley.

Allen Parish - Formed in 1912. Parish seat is Oberlin.

Ascension Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Donaldsonville.

Assumption Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Napoleonville.

Avoyelles Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Marksville.


Beauregard Parish - Formed in 1912. Parish seat is DeRidder.

Bienville Parish - Formed in 1848. Parish seat is Arcadia.

Bossier Parish - Formed in 1843. Parish seat is Benton.


Caddo Parish - Formed in 1838. Parish seat is Shreveport.

Calcasieu Parish - Formed in 1840. Parish seat is Lake Charles.

Caldwell Parish - Formed in 1838. Parish seat is Columbia.

Cameron Parish - Formed in 1870. Parish seat is Cameron.

Catahoula Parish - Formed in 1808. Parish seat is Harrisonburg.

Concordia Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Vidalia.


DeSoto Parish - Formed in 1843. Parish seat is Mansfield.


E. Baton Rouge Parish - Formed in 1810. Parish seat is Baton Rouge.

E. Carroll Parish - Formed in 1877. Parish seat is Lake Providence.

E. Feliciana Parish - Formed in 1824. Parish seat is Clinton.

Evangeline Parish - Formed in 1910. Parish seat is Ville Platte.


Franklin Parish - Formed in 1843. Parish seat is Winnsboro.


Grant Parish - Formed in 1869. Parish seat is Colfax.


Iberia Parish - Formed in 1868. Parish seat is New Iberia.

Iberville Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Plaquemine.


Jackson Parish - Formed in 1845. Parish seat is Jonesboro.

Jefferson Parish - Formed in 1825. Parish seat is Gretna.

Jefferson Davis Parish - Formed in 1912. Parish seat is Jennings.


Lafayette Parish - Formed in 1823. Parish seat is Lafayette.

Lafourche Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Thibodaux.

La Salle Parish - Formed in 1908. Parish seat is Jena.

Lincoln Parish - Formed in 1873. Parish seat is Ruston.

Livingston Parish - Formed in 1832. Parish seat is Livingston.


Madison Parish - Formed in 1838. Parish seat is Tallulah.

Morehouse Parish - Formed in 1844. Parish seat is Bastrop.


Natchitoches Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Natchitoches.


Orleans Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is New Orleans.

Ouachita Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Monroe.


Plaquemines Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Pointe a la Hache.

Pointe Coupee Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is New Roads.


Rapides Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Alexandria.

Red River Parish - Formed in 1871. Parish seat is Coushatta.

Richland Parish - Formed in 1868. Parish seat is Rayville.


Sabine Parish - Formed in 1843. Parish seat is Many.

St. Bernard Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Chalmette.

St. Charles Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Hahnville.

St. Helena Parish - Formed in 1810. Parish seat is Greensburg.

St. James Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Convent.

St. John the Baptist Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Edgard.

St. Landry Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Opelousas.

St. Martin Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Saint Martinville.

St. Mary Parish - Formed in 1811. Parish seat is Franklin.

St. Tammany Parish - Formed in 1810. Parish seat is Covington.


Tangipahoa Parish - Formed in 1868. Parish seat is Amite.

Tensas Parish - Formed in 1843. Parish seat is Saint Joseph.

Terrebonne Parish - Formed in 1822. Parish seat is Houma.


Union Parish - Formed in 1839. Parish seat is Farmerville.


Vermilion Parish - Formed in 1844. Parish seat is Abbeville.

Vernon Parish - Formed in 1871. Parish seat is Leesville.


Washington Parish - Formed in 1819. Parish seat is Franklinton.

Webster Parish - Formed in 1871. Parish seat is Minden.

West Baton Rouge Parish - Formed in 1807. Parish seat is Port Allen.

West Carroll Parish - Formed in 1877. Parish seat is Oak Grove.

West Feliciana Parish - Formed in 1824. Parish seat is St. Francisville.

Winn Parish - Formed in 1852. Parish seat is Winnfield.







Louisiana Records


The Louisiana Geneology & History Network has many records on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Be sure to visit any and all parish websites of interest to see what is available.


Birth Records - The State office has records for 100 years past the date of birth. Birth records are confidential for the first 100 years. To obtain current information on who may obtain a record, how to submit a request and an official request form, see the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160. Older records are available through the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804.


Death Records - The State office has records for 100 years past the date of death. Death records are confidential for the first 100 years. To obtain current information on who may obtain a record, how to submit a request and an official request form, see the Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160. Older records are available through the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804.......read more


Louisiana - The Bayou State

Louisiana is located in the Deep South / Gulf Coast region of the United States.


Cemetery

Louisiana Tombstone Abbreviations

Common and not so common tombstone abbreviations seen in Louisiana cemeteries.


Cemetery

Louisiana Tombstone Symbols

Explaination of common and not so common tombstone symbols seen in Louisiana cemeteries.


Cemetery

Civil War Medical Units

Medical Organizations and Installations of the Civil War: An Overview