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Lafourche Parish was created on March 31, 1807 as Interior Parish, one of the original 19 parishes. Name changed to Lafourche Interior Parish from 1812-1853 (originally created on April 10, 1805 as Lafourche County, Louisana Territory as one of the original 12 counties). The parish was named for the French phrase la fourche or in English, the fork; Bayou Lafourche, or Fork Bayou, is a fork of the Mississippi River.
Regions bordering Lafourche Parish include St. James Parish (north), St. John the Baptist Parish (north), St. Charles Parish (northeast), Jefferson Parish (east), Terrebonne Parish (west), Assumption Parish (northwest).
Cities and towns found in Lafourche Parish are made up of Thibodaux , Golden Meadow, Lockport, Gheens.
Lafourche 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 Lafourche 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.
Lafourche 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.
Lafourche Co. Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. Lafourche Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafourche Co. Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafourche Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free online and printable census forms that can help with your research.
A list of Lafourche Parish Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist typically forget the significance of Lafourche 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 Lafourche 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 Lafourche Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Lafourche 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 Lafourche Parish genealogy or family history related sites.