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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Lafayette Parish, LA Created?
Lafayette Parish was established on January 17, 1852 from St. Martin Parish. The parish was named in honor of French-born American Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de la Fayette.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lafayette Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are St. Landry ParishSt. Martin ParishIberia ParishVermilion ParishAcadia Parish.

What cities and towns are in Lafayette Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Lafayette , Scott, Youngsville.

Lafayette Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Lafayette Parish, LA Census Records

What Lafayette Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lafayette Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Lafayette Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Lafayette Parish Courthouse

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

  • Lafayette 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: 800 South Buchanan Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    • Phone: (337) 291-6400
    • Marriage Records: 1823
    • Land Records: 1823
    • Probate Records: 1823
    • Court Records: 1823
  • USGenWeb Archives for Lafayette Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Lafayette Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lafayette Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lafayette Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Parish LA General and History Websites

Lafayette Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Parish LA Military Records