Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
Guide to Madison Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Madison Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||January 19, 1838|
|Address|| 100 North Cedar Street|
Tallulah, LA 71282
- 1 Parish Information
- 2 Parish Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 African American
- 5.2 Biographies
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church
- 5.6 Court
- 5.7 Directories
- 5.8 Land
- 5.9 Local Histories
- 5.10 Maps
- 5.11 Military
- 5.12 Newspapers
- 5.13 Obituaries
- 5.14 Probate
- 5.15 Schools
- 5.16 Taxation
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
The County was named for James Madison. The County has Tallulah as its seat and the County was created 1838. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.
Madison Parish, Louisiana Record Dates
Madison Parish Courthouse
100 N Cedar Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1866,
divorce and land records from 1839, probate
records from 1850 and court records from 1882.
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.
Possible record destruction due to courthouse fire on an unknown date.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- Arlene Eakle, When the Records are Gone in the Tennessee Genealogy Blog.
- Michael John Neill, Burned Counties in Family History Circle.
Places / Localities
Neighboring Parishes or Counties
- Index of Madison Parish Biographies Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Madison Parish Biographies (LAGenWeb Project)
- Madison Parish Biographies (Genealogy Trails)
The following web sites may have additional information on Madison Parish cemeteries.
- Interment.net Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
- African American Cemeteries ~ listing by county
|Madison Parish Census Data|
- Madison Parish Census Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Madison Parish Census Data (LAGenWeb Project)
- Louisiana Census Images (USGenWeb Census Images Project}
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.
- Old Tallulah Phonebooks (LAGenWeb Project)
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.
- 1875-1979 - Madison Parish Plantations and Landowners (LAGenWeb Project)
- Madison Parish, Louisiana, Earliest Landowners (LAGenWeb Project)
Local histories are available for Madison 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.
- Louisiana Museums
- History of Madison Parish, 1928 (USGenWeb Archives)
- Madison Parish, Louisiana, Articles of Historic Interest (LAGenWeb Project)
- 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 - http://genealogytrails.com/lou/madison/1883_pensioners.html Madison Parish Military Pensioners, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
- 1898-1950 - Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 at FamilySearch — images
Regiments. Service men in Madison 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 Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:
- - 6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company F
- - 3rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Louisiana Militia(Confederate),
- - 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Company G
- - 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Harrison's)(Confederate), Company B
- - Moody's Company, Louisiana Artillery (Madison Light Artillery) (Confederate),
Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Madison Parish:
World War I
- 1917-1920 - Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Madison Parish, World War I Draft Data (LAGenWeb Project)
World War II
- 1940-1945 - Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945 at FamilySearch — index and images
- World War II Army Enlistments and Reserves, Madison Parish (LAGenWeb Project]
- World War II and Korean War Madison Parish Draft Board Scrapbooks LAGenWeb Project)
- Madison Parish Casualties in World War II (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Newspaper List ~ listing by name/parish ~ USNPL
- Louisiana Newspaper ~ listing ~ Newslink
- Index to Madison Parish Newspaper Articles (USGenWeb Archives)
- Madison Parish Old Newspaper Articles (LAGenWeb Program)
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- Index to Madison Parish Obituaries and Death Notices (USGenWeb Archives)
- Index to Madison Parish LA Obituaries (LAGenWeb Project)
Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Madison 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 $
- Tallulah Schools - Lists & Photos (LAGenWeb Project)
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.
- 1865-1866 - Madison Parish 1865-66 US IRS Tax Assessments (LAGenWeb Project)
- 1879, 1881 - Madison Parish Tax Rolls 1879 & 1881 (LAGenWeb Project)
- 1885, 1890 - Madison Parish Tax Rolls 1885 & 1890 (LAGenWeb Project)
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.
- Madison Parish Vital Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1837-1957 - Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1866-1900 - Madison Parish Marriage Records, 1866-1900 (LAGenWeb Project)
- Index to Madison Parish Weddings (LAGenWeb Project)
- Madison Parish Marriage Notices (Genealogy Trails)
- 1850-1875, 1894-1960 - Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1860 Mortality Index. Persons who died during the year ending June 1, 1860 in the Parish of Madison, State of Louisiana. (Genealogy Trails)
- 1900-1949 - Madison Parish, Louisiana: Deaths: 1900-1949 (LAGenWeb Project)
- 1940-1945 - Williams Funeral Home Ledger, Tallulah, LA, 1940-1945 (LAGenWeb Project)
- Madison Parish Social Security Death Records through 2011 (LAGenWeb Project)
Societies and Libraries
Madison Parish Historical Society
100 South Chestnut St.
Hermione House Museum
315 Mulberry Street
Tallulah, Louisiana 71282
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.
- Madison Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Madison Parish, Louisiana, LAGenWeb Project, part of the USGenWeb Project
- Madison Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives Project
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Madison Parish, Louisiana, Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
- Madison Parish LA Genealogy (LDS Genealogy)
- Wikipedia contributors, "Madison, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_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., Madison Parish, Louisiana p 292 (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 2008-02-02.
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State