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St. James Parish, Louisiana
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St. James Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was St. James Parish, LA Created?
St. James Parish was established on March 31, 1807 from Acadia (old) County, Louisiana Territory, as one of the original 19 parishes. The parish was named for Saint James.

What is the Parish Seat of St. James Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Convent and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to St. James Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Ascension ParishSt. John the Baptist ParishLafourche ParishAssumption Parish.

What cities and towns are in St. James Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Convent, Gramercy, Lutcher, North Vacherie, Paulina, South Vacherie, Welcome.

St. James Parish, LA Vital Records

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

St. James Parish, LA Census Records

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

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

St. James Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

St. James Parish Courthouse

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

  • St. James 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: 5800 La. Hwy. 44, Convent, LA 70723
    • Phone: (225) 562-2270
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Land Records: 1809
    • Probate Records: 1809
    • Court Records: 1809
  • USGenWeb Archives for St. James Parish
  • BLM Land Records

St. James Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

St. James Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

St. James Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

St. James Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

St. James Parish LA General and History Websites

St. James Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

St. James Parish LA Military Records