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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Jefferson Parish, LA Created?
Jefferson Parish was established on February 11, 1825 from Orleans Parish. The parish was named in honor of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson.

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

What counties are adjacent to Jefferson Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are St. Charles ParishOrleans ParishPlaquemines ParishLafourche Parish and St. Charles Parish.

What cities and towns are in Jefferson Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Kenner, Harahan, Gretna, Westwego, Jean , Grand Isle.

Jefferson Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Jefferson Parish, LA Census Records

What Jefferson Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Jefferson Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940. You can get free online and printable census forms that can help with your research.

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

Jefferson Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Jefferson Parish Courthouse

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

  • Jefferson 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: 200 Derbigny Street, Suite 5600, Gretna, LA 70053
    • Phone: (504) 364-2900
    • Marriage Records: 1825
    • Land Records: 1825
    • Probate Records: 1825
    • Court Records: 1825
  • USGenWeb Archives for Jefferson Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Jefferson Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Jefferson Parish Historical Commission, PO Box 113014, Metairie, Louisiana 70011-3014 This seven-member commission is appointed by the Parish council. Monthly meetings, monographs, and more…
  • Jefferson Historical Society, 4014 Connecticut Ave., Kenner LA 70065
  • Jefferson Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 961, Metairie 70004-0961
  • Gretna Historical Society, 209 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70053; 504-362-3854 GRETNA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM COMPLEX consists of three (3) 19th Century Creole Cottages, Blacksmith Shop, and 1859 Fire Station (Louisiana Fire Museum), and Depot-Caboose. All located in Gretna National Register Historic District.
  • Jefferson Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 961, Metairie 70004-0961
  • Jefferson Historical Society, 4014 Connecticut Ave., Kenner LA 70065
  • Jewish Genealogical Society Of New Orleans, P.O. Box 7811, Metairie, Louisiana 70010-7811
  • Westbank Genealogical Society, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058-6144
  • Westwego Historical Society and Museum, 502 Second St., Westwego LA 70094; P: 504.341.2544
  • Francaise Comite Louisiana, 2717 Massachusetts, Metairie, LA 70003-5213
  • Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, P.O. Box 94125
  • Louisiana Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 82060, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70884
  • Louisiana Historical Society, 5801 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

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

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

Jefferson Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jefferson Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Jefferson Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jefferson Parish LA General and History Websites

Jefferson Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jefferson Parish LA Military Records