St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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St. Helena Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Helena Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1810
County Seat Greensburg
Address 369 Sitman Street.
Greensburg, LA 70441
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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Saint Helena. The County has Greensburg as its seat and the County was created October 27, 1810. The County is located in the central east area of the state.[1]

St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1804 1914 1804 1804 1804 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]

St. Helena Parish Courthouse;
Court Square
Greensburg, LA 70441
Phone: 225.222.4521

Parish Clerk has records from 1804

The small white building in front of the St. Helena Parish Courthouse was used as a Federal Land Office.  It was built in 1820..[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

1810--St. Helena Parish was created 27 October 1810 from Spanish West Florida.
Parish seat: Greensburg [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]


Neighboring Parishes or Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of St. Helena, 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 websites may have additional information on St. Helena Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,026
1830 4,028 33.1%
1840 3,525 −12.5%
1850 4,561 29.4%
1860 7,130 56.3%
1870 5,423 −23.9%
1880 7,504 38.4%
1890 8,062 7.4%
1900 8,479 5.2%
1910 9,172 8.2%
1920 8,427 −8.1%
1930 8,492 0.8%
1940 9,542 12.4%
1950 9,013 −5.5%
1960 9,162 1.7%
1970 9,937 8.5%
1980 9,827 −1.1%
1990 9,874 0.5%
2000 10,525 6.6%
2010 11,203 6.4%
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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 St. Helena 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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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Do a St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Places Search).

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 St. Helena 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.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Schools[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Louisiana Records and Statistics Information ~ where and how to order information.
  • St. Helena Parish USGenWeb Archives - Marriage Record Index, Obituaries, Death Records. Be sure to look at the Photo collection because there are images of documents there.
  • Louisiana State Archives - Death records for the State of Louisiana that are over 50 years old are available (1911 +), also birth records for Orleans parish that are over 100 years old and marriage records for Orleans parish that are over 50 years old (1870 +) When doing a search be sure to use the advanced search option, you can search for a partial name, this help when there might be a variation of a name.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • St. Helena Historical Society
    Rt. 1, Box 131
    Amite, LA 70422-9415
  • 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]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Helena Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), St. Helena 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., St Helena Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Helena Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Louisiana, accessed 6 January 2020.