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Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Facts

Lafourche Parish

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

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

What counties are adjacent to Lafourche Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are St. James Parish (north), St. John the Baptist Parish (north), St. Charles Parish (northeast), Jefferson Parish (east), Terrebonne Parish (west), Assumption Parish (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lafourche Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Thibodaux , Golden Meadow, Lockport, Gheens.

Lafourche Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find Lafourche Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lafourche 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 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.

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.

Lafourche Parish, LA Census Records

What Lafourche Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lafourche 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.

Lafourche Parish Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. Lafourche Parish Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafourche Parish Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafourche 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

Lafourche Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Lafourche Parish Courthouse

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

  • Lafourche 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: 303 W. 3rd Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    • Phone: (985) 447-4841
    • Marriage Records: 1808
    • Land Records: 1808
    • Probate Records: 1808
    • Court Records: 1808
  • USGenWeb Archives for Lafourche Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Lafourche Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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