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Ascension Parish, Louisiana
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Ascension Parish, Louisiana Facts

Ascension Parish

When was Ascension Parish, LA Created?
Ascension Parish was established 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.

What is the Parish Seat of Ascension Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Donaldsonville and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to Ascension Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are East Baton Rouge Parish (north), Livingston Parish (northeast), St. John the Baptist Parish (east), St. James Parish (southeast), Assumption Parish (southwest), Iberville Parish (west).

What cities and towns are in Ascension Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Sorrento.

Ascension Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find Ascension Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ascension Parish vital records can be found at the Louisiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records since July 1914. 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.

The Louisiana State Archives has Birth Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 100 years from the end of the current calendar year. It also has Death Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 50 years from the end of the current calendar year.

Ascension Parish, LA Census Records

What Ascension Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ascension Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ascension Parish Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. Ascension Parish Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ascension Parish Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ascension Parish Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Louisiana Census Records Research Guide

Ascension Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Ascension Parish Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ascension Parish Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ascension Parish. The years listed below are the first noted records with this parish. See Also Louisiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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 
  • USGenWeb Archives for Ascension Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Ascension Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Ascension Parish, LA?
A list of Ascension Parish Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Louisiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Ascension Parish, LA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Ascension Parish, LA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Ascension Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ascension Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

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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