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Rapides Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Rapides Parish

Rapides Parish was created on March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. (originally created on April 10, 1805 as Rapides County, Louisana Territory as one of the original 12 counties). The parish was named for local river rapids (French: rapides) .

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

Regions bordering Rapides Parish include Grant Parish (north), La Salle Parish (northeast), Avoyelles Parish (east), Evangeline Parish (southeast), Allen Parish (southwest), Vernon Parish (west), Natchitoches Parish (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Rapides Parish are made up of Alexandria, Pineville, Ball, Boyce, Cheneyville, Glenmora, Lecompte, Woodworth, Forest Hill, McNary.

Rapides 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 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.

Rapides 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.

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

Rapides Parish Societies and Family History Resources

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

Rapides Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Rapides 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 Rapides 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 Rapides Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish. The Courthouse burned in 1864, all records were lost

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.
  • Rapides 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: 701 Murray Street, Alexandria, LA 71301
    • Phone: (318) 473-8153
    • Marriage Records: 1871
    • Land Records: 1871
    • Probate Records: 1871 
    • Court Records: 1904

Rapides Parish Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to furnish your own preferred Rapides Parish genealogy or family history related sites.

Rapides Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rapides Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Rapides Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Rapides Parish LA Census Records

Rapides Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Rapides Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Rapides Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rapides Parish LA General and History Websites

Rapides Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rapides Parish LA Military Records

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