Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana
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Founded February 11, 1825
County Seat Gretna
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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

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

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]


Parent Parish

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


African American

Bible Records



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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Jefferson Parish Census Data[5]


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 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.


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Louisiana Military History Online

Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II
Korean War


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


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.

Online Records


Societies and Libraries

Jefferson Genealogical Society
PO Box 961
Metairie 70004-0961

Jefferson Historical Society
4014 Connecticut Ave.
Kenner LA 70065

Jefferson Parish Historical Commission
PO Box 113014
Metairie, Louisiana 70011-3014

Gretna Historical Society
209 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70053
Telephone: 504-362-3854

Jewish Genealogical Society Of New Orleans
PO Box 7811
Metairie, Louisiana 70010-7811
Telephone: 504-836-2720
FAX: 504-836-2722

Westbank Genealogical Society
2751 Manhattan Blvd.
Harvey, LA 70058-6144

Westwego Historical Society and Museum
502 Second St.
Westwego LA 70094
Telephone: 504-341-2544

Francaise Comite Louisiana
2717 Massachusetts
Metairie, LA 70003-5213

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. 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. United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2007-06-12.