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Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Catahoula Parish

Catahoula Parish was created on March 23, 1808 from Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish . The parish was named for Catahoula Lake, formerly within the parish's boundaries and named from a Taensa word meaning big, clear lake.

The Catahoula Parish Seat can be found in Harrisonburg and the parish government website is

Regions bordering Catahoula Parish include Franklin Parish (north), Tensas Parish (northeast), Concordia Parish (east), Avoyelles Parish (south), La Salle Parish (west), Caldwell Parish (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Catahoula Parish are made up of Harrisonburg, Jonesville, Sicily Island.

Catahoula 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 Catahoula 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.

Catahoula 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.

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

Catahoula Parish Societies and Family History Resources

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

Catahoula Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Catahoula 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 Catahoula 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 Catahoula Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish. There was a total records destruction in the early 1900's due to unkown causes .

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.
  • Catahoula 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: ?301 Bushley Street, Room 101, Harrisonburg, LA 71340
    • Phone: (318) 744-5222
    • Marriage Records: 1900s
    • Land Records: 1900s
    • Probate Records: 1900s 
    • Court Records: 1900s 

Catahoula Parish Links

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

Catahoula Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Catahoula Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Catahoula Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Catahoula Parish LA Census Records

Catahoula Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Catahoula Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Catahoula Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Catahoula Parish LA General and History Websites

Catahoula Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Catahoula Parish LA Military Records

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