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Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
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Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Catahoula Parish, LA Created?
Catahoula Parish was established on March 23, 1808 from Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish . The parish was named for Catahoula Lake, formerly within the parish’s boundaries and named from a Taensa word meaning big, clear lake.

What is the Parish Seat of Catahoula Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Harrisonburg and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to Catahoula Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Franklin ParishTensas ParishConcordia ParishAvoyelles ParishLa Salle ParishCaldwell Parish.

What cities and towns are in Catahoula Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Harrisonburg, Jonesville, Sicily Island.

Catahoula Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Catahoula Parish, LA Census Records

What Catahoula Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Catahoula Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Catahoula Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Catahoula Parish Courthouse

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

  • Catahoula 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: ?301 Bushley Street, Room 101, Harrisonburg, LA 71340
    • Phone: (318) 744-5222
    • Marriage Records: 1900s
    • Land Records: 1900s
    • Probate Records: 1900s
    • Court Records: 1900s
  • USGenWeb Archives for Catahoula Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Catahoula Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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