Ascension Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish was created on March 31, 1807 from Acadia (old) County, Louisiana Territory, as one of the original 19 parishes. The parish was named for the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

The Ascension Parish Seat can be found in Donaldsonville and the parish government website is www.ascensionparish.net/

Regions bordering Ascension Parish include East Baton Rouge Parish (north), Livingston Parish (northeast), St. John the Baptist Parish (east), St. James Parish (southeast), Assumption Parish (southwest), Iberville Parish (west).

Cities and towns found in Ascension Parish are made up of Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Sorrento.

Ascension Parish vital records can be found at the Louisiana Office of Vital Records which copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Louisiana for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Ascension Parish Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Louisiana Birth or Death Certificate Application to mail.

Ascension Parish consists of Federal Census Schedules to help in exploring your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ascension Co. Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. Ascension Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ascension Co. Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ascension Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free online and printable census forms that can help with your research.

Ascension Parish Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Ascension Parish Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Ascension Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Ascension Parish court, probate, and land files as a source of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Louisiana courthouses and archives just about everywhere are the ambitions and worries of countless Louisiana people.

The chances are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least some facets of their lives in the Ascension Parish court records. Even if your forefathers is not discussed in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The below specifics denotes exactly what birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and courtroom records are usually in Ascension Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish.

I highly recommend you speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will aid individuals in obtaining the resources, but it is up to the man or women to do the researching.
  • Ascension Parish Clerk of Court performs the functions of more than one office. As the Recorder, the office of the Clerk of Court receives, files, records and indexes all mortgages, conveyances and all other instruments recorded in the Public Records for the Parish. The Clerk’s Office receives and files all pleadings, such as petitions, answers, motions and other filings in Civil and Probate matters, as well as indictments, bills of information and other filings in Criminal matters. Another function of the Clerk’s Office is the issuance of Marriage Licenses and recording their returns after the marriages are performed.
    • Address: 300 Houmas Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    • Phone: (225) 473-9866
    • Marriage Records: 1763
    • Land Records: 1770
    • Probate Records: 1800 
    • Court Records: 1800 

Ascension Parish Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Ascension Parish. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is merely a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to furnish your own preferred Ascension Parish genealogy or family history related sites.

Ascension Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ascension Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ascension Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Ascension Parish LA Census Records

Ascension Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ascension Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Ascension Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ascension Parish LA General and History Websites

Ascension Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ascension Parish LA Military Records

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