Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Founded February 11, 1825
County Seat Gretna
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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for President Thomas Jefferson. The County has Gretna as its seat and the County was created February 11, 1825. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1863 1914 1825 1827 1825 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]

Jefferson Parish Courthouse
200 Derbigny Street
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: 504.364.2800 

Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1863, divorce, probate, and court records from 1825 and land records from 1827.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

  • 1825--Jefferson Parish was created 11 February 1825 from Orleans Parish.
    Parish seat: Gretna [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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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]

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 Jefferson, 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 Jefferson Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,846
1840 10,470 52.9%
1850 25,093 139.7%
1860 15,372 −38.7%
1870 17,767 15.6%
1880 12,166 −31.5%
1890 13,221 8.7%
1900 15,321 15.9%
1910 18,247 19.1%
1920 21,563 18.2%
1930 40,032 85.7%
1940 50,427 26.0%
1950 103,873 106.0%
1960 208,769 101.0%
1970 337,568 61.7%
1980 454,592 34.7%
1990 448,306 −1.4%
2000 455,466 1.6%
2010 432,552 −5.0%
Source:,_Louisiana "".]

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Louisiana denominations, view the Louisiana Church Records wiki page.

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 Jefferson 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]

Tangipahoa ParishSt. Tammany ParishOrleans ParishPlaquemines ParishLafourche ParishSt. Charles ParishSt. John the Baptist ParishLA JEFFERSON.PNG
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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Louisiana Military History Online

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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.

Online Records

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Jefferson Genealogical Society
    PO Box 961
    Metairie, LA 70004-0961
  • Jefferson Historical Society
    4014 Connecticut Avenue
    Kenner, LA 70065
  • Jefferson Parish Historical Commission
    PO Box 113014
    Metairie, LA 70011-3014
  • Gretna Historical Society
    209 Lafayette Street
    Gretna, LA 70053
    Phone: 504-362-3854
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of New Orleans
    PO Box 7811
    Metairie, LA 70010-7811
    Phone: 504-836-2720
    Fax: 504-836-2722
  • Westbank Genealogical Society
    2751 Manhattan Blvd.
    Harvey, LA 70058-6144
  • Westwego Historical Society and Museum
    275 Sala Ave
    Westwego, LA 70094
    Phone: 504-341-2544
  • Francaise Comite Louisiana
    2717 Massachusetts
    Metairie, LA 70003-5213
  • 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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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson 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., Jefferson Parish, Louisiana p 291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Louisiana, accessed 2 January 2020.