Acadia Parish Louisiana Genealogy & History Network





Acadia Parish Courthouse in Crawley
Rayne High School
Old Barn in Estherwood
Downtown Crowley
Mermentau River Drawbridge

Welcome to Acadia Parish LAGHN

Welcome to the Acadia Parish Louisiana Genealogy & History Network website providing free information to genealogical and historical researchers.


To share your Acadia Parish, 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 other Louisiana Parishes, visit the Louisiana Genealogy & History Network state website and choose the appropriate parish.




About Acadia Parish, Louisiana...

Acadia Parish derived its name from the former French colony of Acadia in Canada (which consisted of the modern provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and much of Maine) many of whose French-speaking inhabitants were deported to France and then migrated to Louisiana in the Great Upheaval.


The parish was formed from the southwestern portion of St. Landry Parish. On Wednesday May 19, 1886, a bill was introduced in the house entitled "An act to create the parish of Nicholls, and to provide for the organization thereof." The title was later changed to read: "An act to create the parish of Acadia." Father Joseph Anthonioz, the first pastor of the Catholic Church at Rayne, is credited with having suggested the name, Acadia Parish. The bill passed the house on June 11, the senate on June 28, and was approved by Governor Samuel D. McEnery on June 30. On October 6, an election was held to affirm the creation of the parish, with 2,516 votes for and 1,521 votes against the creation. The population of the new parish was anywhere from 10,000 to 12,000.


After a close election held on March 1, 1887, Crowley was chosen as the parish seat, gathering 698 votes to Rayne's 560 votes and Prairie Hayes' 519 votes. The election also determined the first officers in the parish: Elridge W. Lyons, first sheriff of Acadia, and R. T. Clark, first clerk of court. The first courthouse was therefore constructed in Crowley and completed on June 30, 1888, and continued to be used until May 1, 1902, when it was destroyed to make way for the second building.


The parish has a total area of 658 square miles of which 656 square miles is land and 2 square mile (0.35%) is water. The population recorded in the 1890 Federal Census was 13,231. The 2010 census recorded 61,773 residents in the parish.


Evangeline Parish (north), Saint Landry Parish (northeast), Lafayette Parish (east), Vermilion Parish (south), Jefferson Davis Parish (west). The parish seat is Crowley. Other Acadia Parish communities include Church Point, Duson, Estherwood, Eunice, Iota, Mermentau, Morse, and Rayne.




Acadia Parish, 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.


Marriage Records - To obtain current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of an Orleans Parish marriage record less than 50 years old and a request form, see the Louisiana Office of Public Health Director, Vital Records and Statistics website or write to PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.


Certified copies for other parishes are issued by Clerk of Court in the parish where the marriage license was issued. For the address of parish Clerk's of Court click on the appropriate parish name in the Louisiana Parish name list. Marriage records over 50 years are stored by the Louisiana State Archives, P.O. Box 94125, Baton rouge, LA 70804.


Divorce Records - To obtain current information on how to submit a request for a certified copy of divorce records contact the Clerk of Court in the parish where the divorce was granted. For the address of parish Clerk's of Court click on the appropriate parish name in the Louisiana Parish name list.


Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Acadia Parish is located in the southwest portion of Louisiana.


Wedding

Acadia Parish Marriages

Marriage information is an important part of any family genealogy. These dates may assist you in your Acadia Parish, Louisiana research.


Cemetery

Acadia Parish Cemeteries

For a list of Acadia Parish, Louisiana Cemeteries, burial listings and more.