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West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Facts

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When was West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Created?
West Baton Rouge Parish was established 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 .

What is the Parish Seat of West Baton Rouge Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Port Allen and the parish government website is www.wbrcouncil.org/

What counties are adjacent to West Baton Rouge Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are West Feliciana Parish (north), East Baton Rouge Parish (east), Iberville Parish (southwest), Pointe Coupee Parish (northwest).

What cities and towns are in West Baton Rouge Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Addis, Brusly, Port Allen.

West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find West Baton Rouge Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
West Baton Rouge 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 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.

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.

West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Census Records

What West Baton Rouge Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for West Baton Rouge 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.

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

West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records


West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse

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

  • 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 
  • USGenWeb Archives for West Baton Rouge Parish
  • BLM Land Records

West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

West Baton Rouge Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

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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