West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

WestBatonRouge Parish

West Baton Rouge Parish was created on March 31, 1807 from Iberville County, Louisiana Territory as one of the original 19 parishes (originally called Baton Rouge Parish until 1812 when it was renamed). The parish was named for the french phrase bâton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories .

The West Baton Rouge Parish Seat can be found in Port Allen and the parish government website is www.wbrcouncil.org/

Regions bordering West Baton Rouge Parish include West Feliciana Parish (north), East Baton Rouge Parish (east), Iberville Parish (southwest), Pointe Coupee Parish (northwest).

Cities and towns found in West Baton Rouge Parish are made up of Addis, Brusly, Port Allen.

West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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.

West Baton Rouge 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.

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

West Baton Rouge Parish Societies and Family History Resources

A list of West Baton Rouge Parish Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist typically forget the significance of West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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.
  • West Baton Rouge 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: 850 8th Street, Port Allen, LA 70767
    • Phone: (225) 383-0378
    • Marriage Records: 1793
    • Land Records: 1800s
    • Probate Records: 1800s 
    • Court Records: 1800s 

West Baton Rouge Parish Links

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

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Census Records

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Church & Bible Records

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

West Baton Rouge Parish LA General and History Websites

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Military Records

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