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Rapides Parish, Louisiana
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Rapides Parish, Louisiana Facts

Rapides Parish

When was Rapides Parish, LA Created?
Rapides Parish was established on March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes..

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

What counties are adjacent to Rapides Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Grant Parish, La Salle Parish, Avoyelles Parish, Evangeline Parish, Allen Parish, Vernon Parish, Natchitoches Parish.

Rapides Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Rapides Parish, LA Census Records

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

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

Rapides Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Rapides Parish Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Rapides Parish Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Rapides Parish court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Lousiana courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Lousiana residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Rapides Parish court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Louisiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Rapides Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Rapides Parish, LA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rapides 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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Rapides Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

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Rapides Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rapides Parish LA Military Records

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