Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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


Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Claiborne Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 13, 1828
County Seat Homer
Claiborne Parish Courthouse.jpg
Address 512 East Main Street
Homer, LA 71040
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Parish Information

Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1850 1810 1850 1850

Parish County Courthouse

Claiborne Parish Courthouse
512 E Main Street
Homer, LA 71040
Phone: 318.927.9601 

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1850.[2]


William C C Claiborne

The parish is named after Governor of Louisiana and Governor of Mississippi Territory William C. C. Claiborne (c1775-1817).[3]

Parent Parish

1828--Claiborne Parish was created 13 March 1828 from Natchitoches Parish.
Parish seat: Homer [4]

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 website.

Record Loss

1849 The courthouse at Old Athens along with all parish records were destroyed by fire on November 6.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties



African American

Bible Records



Cemeteries of Claiborne, 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 Claiborne Parish cemeteries.


Census Pop.
Est. 200616,210[5]−3.8%
Claiborne Parish Census Data[6]


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.



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 Claiborne 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.



Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Claiborne 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 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:

- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Company D
World War I
World War II


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



Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Claiborne 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

School Records


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.


Societies and Libraries

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.



  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.Claiborne Parish, Louisiana p 290 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. "List of Counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. United States Census Bureau. "Claiborne Parish Quickfacts". Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  6. United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02.