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DeSoto Parish, Louisiana
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DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was DeSoto Parish, LA Created?
DeSoto Parish was established on April 1, 1843 from Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. The parish was named in honor of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

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

What counties are adjacent to DeSoto Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Caddo ParishRed River ParishNatchitoches ParishSabine ParishShelby County, TX, Panola County, TX.

What cities and towns are in DeSoto Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Mansfield, Keachie, Logansport, Stonewall, Grand Cane, Longstreet, South Mansfield, Stanley.

DeSoto Parish, LA Vital Records

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

DeSoto Parish, LA Census Records

What DeSoto Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for DeSoto Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

DeSoto Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

DeSoto Parish Courthouse

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

  • DeSoto 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: 101 Texas Street, Mansfield, LA 71052
    • Phone: (318) 872-3110
    • Marriage Records: 1843
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1843
    • Court Records: 1843
  • USGenWeb Archives for DeSoto Parish
  • BLM Land Records

DeSoto Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

DeSoto Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

DeSoto Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

DeSoto Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

DeSoto Parish LA General and History Websites

DeSoto Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

DeSoto Parish LA Military Records