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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Lafayette Parish

Lafayette Parish was created on January 17, 1852 from St. Martin Parish. The parish was named in honor of French-born American Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de la Fayette.

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

Regions bordering Lafayette Parish include St. Landry Parish (north), St. Martin Parish (east), Iberia Parish (southeast), Vermilion Parish (south), Acadia Parish (west).

Cities and towns found in Lafayette Parish are made up of Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Lafayette , Scott, Youngsville.

Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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.

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

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

Lafayette Parish Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lafayette Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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.
  • Lafayette 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: 800 South Buchanan Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    • Phone: (337) 291-6400
    • Marriage Records: 1823
    • Land Records: 1823
    • Probate Records: 1823
    • Court Records: 1823 

Lafayette Parish Links

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

Lafayette Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lafayette Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lafayette Parish LA Census Records

Lafayette Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lafayette Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Lafayette Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Parish LA General and History Websites

Lafayette Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Parish LA Military Records

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