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Tensas Parish, Louisiana Facts

Tensas Parish

When was Tensas Parish, LA Created?
Tensas Parish was established on March 17, 1843 from Concordia Parish. The parish was named for the Taensa Native American people.

What is the Parish Seat of Tensas Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Saint Joseph and the parish government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Tensas Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Madison Parish (north), Warren County, MS (northeast), Claiborne County, MS (east), Jefferson County, MS (east), Adams County, MS (southeast), Concordia Parish (south), Catahoula Parish (southwest), Franklin Parish (west).

What cities and towns are in Tensas Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Newellton, St. Joseph, Waterproof.

Tensas Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Tensas Parish, LA Census Records

What Tensas Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Tensas Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Tensas Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records


Tensas Parish Courthouse

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

  • Tensas 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: 201 Hancock Street, St. Joseph, LA 71366
    • Phone: (318) 766-3921
    • Marriage Records: 1843
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1843 
    • Court Records: 1843 
  • USGenWeb Archives for Tensas Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Tensas Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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