Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Catahoula Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 23, 1808
County Seat Harrisonburg
Address 301 Bushley Street
Room 101
Harrisonburg, LA 71340
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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Tensas word for big, clear lake. The County has Harrisonburg as its seat and the County was created March 23, 1808. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1830 1914 1900s 1808 1800s 1700s
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1914. General compliance year unknown. (website says 1918 births; 1911 deaths)

Parish Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Catahoula Parish County Courthouse
301 Bushley Street; PO Box 198
Harrisonburg, LA 71340-0198
Phone: 318.744.5497

Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1830,
burial, probate and divorce records from 1800’s,
land records from 1808 and military records [3]

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

  • 1808--Catahoula Parish was created 23 March 1808 from Rapides Parish.
    Parish seat: Harrisonburg [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps" (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Early 1900s Total record destruction from unknown cause.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Catahoula, Louisiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Parish
See Louisiana Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Catahoula Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,287
1830 2,581 12.9%
1840 4,955 92.0%
1850 7,132 43.9%
1860 11,651 63.4%
1870 8,475 −27.3%
1880 10,277 21.3%
1890 12,002 16.8%
1900 16,351 36.2%
1910 10,415 −36.3%
1920 11,074 6.3%
1930 12,451 12.4%
1940 14,618 17.4%
1950 11,834 −19.0%
1960 11,421 −3.5%
1970 11,769 3.0%
1980 12,287 4.4%
1990 11,065 −9.9%
2000 10,920 −1.3%
2010 10,407 −4.7%
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Church[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Louisiana Land and Property for additional information about early Louisiana land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse where records are also currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Louisiana Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Company K
- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Companies H and K
- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Harrison's)(Confederate), Companies D and E
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Genealogy clerk of the district court. Many of the probate records are included in the notarial records with the deeds and mortgages. In some parishes they are known as “succession” records.

See the Wiki page Louisiana Probate Records for more information about probate records in Louisiana.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Louisiana Probate Records

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Louisiana tax records can be used in place of missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Louisiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Louisiana statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1911. Births and deaths are kept by the Louisiana Vital Records Registry. Marriages were recorded by each parish, and the records are at the parish clerk of court office. See also How to order Louisiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Louisiana Vital Records for more information on getting Louisiana records.

Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Catahoula Parish Laghn
  • Central Louisiana Genealogical Society
    PO Box 12206
    Alexandria, LA 71315-2206
  • Louisiana Historical Society
    428 Hector Ave
    Metairie, La. 70005-4412
  • Louisiana Historical Association
    101 LSU Student Union
    LSU Box 25435
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Catahoula, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Page 289-293 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 267-268.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Catahoula County, Louisiana, p.290
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Catahoula Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Louisiana, accessed 31 December 2019.