Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
Guide to Jefferson Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Jefferson Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||February 11, 1825|
- 1 Parish Information
- 2 Parish Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 African American
- 5.2 Bible Records
- 5.3 Biographies
- 5.4 Cemeteries
- 5.5 Census
- 5.6 Church
- 5.7 Court
- 5.8 Land
- 5.9 Local Histories
- 5.10 Maps
- 5.11 Military
- 5.12 Newspapers
- 5.13 Obituaries
- 5.14 Probate
- 5.15 Taxation
- 5.16 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
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.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Record Dates
Jefferson Parish Courthouse
200 Derbigny Street
Gretna, LA 70053
Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1863, divorce, probate, and court records from 1825 and land records from 1827.
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / Localities
Neighboring Parishes or Counties
- Louisiana African American Griots Project ~ USGenWeb Project
- Afrigeneas - African Ancestored Genealogy
- Family Bible of Antonino Maggiore and Angelina Rando (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Jefferson Parish Biographies (USGenWeb Archives)
The following web sites may have additional information on Jefferson Parish cemeteries.
- Interment.net Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
- African American Cemeteries ~ listing by county
|Jefferson Parish Census Data|
- Louisiana Census Images ~ USGenWeb Census Images Project
- Index to Jefferson Parish Census Records (USGenWeb Archives)
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.
- 1862-1991 - Salem Evangelical Church Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Historical Church Information
- Directory of Churches in Louisiana ~ by city ~ Church Angel
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.
- Index to Jefferson Parish Land Records (USGenWeb Archives]
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.
- 1861-1865 - Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1883 - Jefferson Parish 1883 Pensioners List (Genealogy Trails)
- 1898-1950 - Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 at FamilySearch — images
World War I
World War II
- 1940-1945 - Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Jefferson Parish Korean War Casualties (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Newspaper List ~ listing by name/parish ~ USNPL
- Louisiana Newspaper ~ listing ~ Newslink
- Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Newspaper Articles (Genealogy Trails)
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- Search the Jefferson Parish Library Obituary Database
- Index to Jefferson Parish Obituaries (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Jefferson Parish Obituaries (LAGenWeb Project)
- Jefferson Parish Obituaries and Death Notices (Genealogy Trails)
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 ~ information on.
Online Probate Records
- 1756-1984 - Louisiana Wills and Probate Records 1756-1984 at Ancestry.com Ancestry.com — index and images $
- Jefferson Parish Probate Court Records (USGenWeb Archives)
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.
- 1859 Jefferson Parish Delinquent Tax List (Genealogy Trails)
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.
- Jefferson Parish Vital Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1850-1875, 1894-1960 - Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Death Notices, Jefferson Parish (Genealogy Trails)
Societies and Libraries
Jefferson Genealogical Society
PO Box 961
Jefferson Parish Historical Commission
PO Box 113014
Metairie, Louisiana 70011-3014
Gretna Historical Society
209 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70053
Westbank Genealogical Society
2751 Manhattan Blvd.
Harvey, LA 70058-6144
Westwego Historical Society and Museum
502 Second St.
Westwego LA 70094
Francaise Comite Louisiana
Metairie, LA 70003-5213
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.
- Jefferson Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Jefferson Parish website
- Jefferson Parish - USGenWeb Archives
- City of Gretna website
- Jefferson Parish, LAGenWeb Project, part of the USGenWeb Project
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Genealogy Trails, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
- Jefferson Parish LA Genealogy (LDS Genealogy}
- Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Parish,_Louisiana."
- 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
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Jefferson Parish, Louisiana p 291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt. Retrieved 2007-06-12.