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Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Calcasieu Parish

Calcasieu Parish was created on March 24, 1840 from St. Landry Parish. The parish was named for meaning crying eagle, is said to be the name of an Atakapa Native American leader .

The Calcasieu Parish Seat can be found in Lake Charles and the parish government website is

Regions bordering Calcasieu Parish include Beauregard Parish (north), Jefferson Davis Parish (east), Cameron Parish (south), Orange County, TX (west), Newton County, TX (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Calcasieu Parish are made up of DeQuincy, Iowa, Lake Charles, Sulphur, Vinton, Westlake.

Calcasieu 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 Calcasieu 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.

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

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

Calcasieu Parish Societies and Family History Resources

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

Calcasieu Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Calcasieu 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 Calcasieu 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 Calcasieu Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish. Courthouse was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, and many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.

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.
  • Calcasieu 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: 1000 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    • Phone: (337) 437-3550
    • Marriage Records: 1910
    • Land Records: 1910
    • Probate Records: 1910 
    • Court Records: 1910 

Calcasieu Parish Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Calcasieu 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 Calcasieu Parish genealogy or family history related sites.

Calcasieu Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Calcasieu Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Calcasieu Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Calcasieu Parish LA Census Records

Calcasieu Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Calcasieu Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Calcasieu Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Calcasieu Parish LA General and History Websites

Calcasieu Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Calcasieu Parish LA Military Records

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