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Washington Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

Washington Parish

Washington Parish was created on March 6, 1819 from St. Tammy Parish. The parish was named in honor of U.S. President George Washington.

The Washington Parish Seat can be found in Franklinton and the parish government website is

Regions bordering Washington Parish include Pike County, MS (northwest), Walthall County, MS (north), Marion County, MS (northeast), Pearl River County, MS (east), St. Tammany Parish (south), Tangipahoa Parish (west).

Cities and towns found in Washington Parish are made up of Angie, Bogalusa, Mount Hermon, Franklinton, Varnado.

Washington 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 Washington 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.

Washington Parish consists of Federal Census Schedules to help in exploring your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Washington Parish Societies and Family History Resources

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

Washington Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington Parish. The dates indicated below are considered the first known documents with this parish.

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.
  • Washington 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: Courthouse Building, Corner of Washington & Main Street, Franklinton, LA 70438
    • Phone: (985) 839-4663
    • Marriage Records: 1897
    • Land Records: 1897
    • Probate Records: 1897 
    • Court Records: 1897 

Washington Parish Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Washington 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 Washington Parish genealogy or family history related sites.

Washington Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Parish LA Census Records

Washington Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Washington Parish LA Church & Bible Records

Washington Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Parish LA General and History Websites

Washington Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Parish LA Military Records

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