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Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
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Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Ouachita Parish, LA Created?
Ouachita Parish was established on  March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. (originally created on April 10, 1805 as Ouachita County, Louisana Territory as one of the original 12 counties). The parish was named for the Ouachita Native American people. .

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

What counties are adjacent to Ouachita Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Union ParishMorehouse ParishRichland ParishCaldwell ParishJackson ParishLincoln Parish.

What cities and towns are in Ouachita Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Monroe, Richwood, Sterlington, West Monroe.

Ouachita Parish, LA Vital Records

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

Ouachita Parish, LA Census Records

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

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

Ouachita Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Ouachita Parish Courthouse

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

  • Ouachita 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 South Grand Street, Suite 104, Monroe, LA 71201
    • Phone: (318) 327-1444
    • Marriage Records: 1805
    • Land Records: 1805
    • Probate Records: 1805
    • Court Records: 1805
  • USGenWeb Archives for Ouachita Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Ouachita Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Ouachita Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ouachita Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ouachita Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ouachita Parish LA General and History Websites

Ouachita Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ouachita Parish LA Military Records