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Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Calcasieu Parish, LA Created?
Calcasieu Parish was established on March 24, 1840 from St. Landry Parish. The parish was named for meaning crying eagle, is said to be the name of an Atakapa Native American leader .

What is the Parish Seat of Calcasieu Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Lake Charles and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to Calcasieu Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Beauregard ParishJefferson Davis ParishCameron ParishOrange County, TX, Newton County, TX.

What cities and towns are in Calcasieu Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include DeQuincy, Iowa, Lake Charles, Sulphur, Vinton, Westlake.

Calcasieu Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Calcasieu Parish, LA Census Records

What Calcasieu Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Calcasieu Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Calcasieu Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Calcasieu Parish Courthouse

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

  • Calcasieu 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: 1000 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    • Phone: (337) 437-3550
    • Marriage Records: 1910
    • Land Records: 1910
    • Probate Records: 1910
    • Court Records: 1910
  • USGenWeb Archives for Calcasieu Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Calcasieu Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Calcasieu Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Calcasieu Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Calcasieu Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Calcasieu Parish LA General and History Websites

Calcasieu Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Calcasieu Parish LA Military Records