Bossier Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Guide to Bossier Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Bossier Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Bossier Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Facts
Founded February 24, 1843
County Seat Benton
Courthouse
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Address 204 Burt Blvd., Third Floor
P.O. Box 430

Benton, LA 71006

Website: www.bossierparishla.gov
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Parish Information

Bossier Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1843 1810 1843 1843

Parish Courthouse

Bossier Parish Courthouse
PO Box 369
Benton, LA 71006
Phone: 318.965.2336

Parish Clerk Courthouse has marriage, divorce, probate, land and court records from 1830 and military records from 1917..[2]

History

Parent Parish

  • 1843--Bossier Parish was created 24 February 1843 from Claiborne Parish.
    Parish seat: Benton [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

1888 Fire partially burned the courthouse at Bellevue.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

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Resources

African American

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Bossier, 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 Bossier Parish cemeteries.

Census

Church

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.

Court

Land

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

Local histories are available for Bossier 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

Military

Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Bossier 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  ~  information on.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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

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.

Birth
Marriage
Death
  • 1850-1875, 1894-1960 - Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1850 Mortality Schedule. Persons who died during the year ending June 1, 1850, in the Bossier Parish, State of Louisiana. (Genealogy Trails)
  • 1870 Mortality Schedule. Persons who died during the year ending June 1, 1870, in the Bossier Parish, State of Louisiana. (Genealogy Trails)
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule. Persons who died during the year ending June 1, 1880, in the Bossier Parish, State of Louisiana. (Genealogy Trails)

Societies and Libraries

Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association
3101 Fairfield Avenue
PO Box 4463
Shreveport, Louisiana 71134-0463
E-mail:jjohnson747@suddenlink.net


See also a List of Louisiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 264-278. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Bossier Parish, Louisiana p. 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).