St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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


St. Helena Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Helena Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1810
County Seat Greensburg
Address 369 Sitman Street.
Greensburg, LA 70441
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Parish Information


The County was named for Saint Helena. The County has Greensburg as its seat and the County was created October 27, 1810. The County is located in the central east area of the state.[1]

St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1804 1810 1804 1804

Parish Courthouse

St. Helena Parish Courthouse;
Court Square;
Greensburg, LA 70441
Phone: 225.222.4521

Parish Clerk has records from 1804

The small white building in front of the St. Helena Parish Courthouse was used as a Federal Land Office.  It was built in 1820..[3]


Parent Parish

1810--St. Helena Parish was created 27 October 1810 from Spanish West Florida.
Parish seat: Greensburg [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


Bible Records



Cemeteries of St. Helena, 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 St. Helena Parish cemeteries.


Census Pop.
Est. 200610,759[5]2.2%
St. Helena 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 St. Helena 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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Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II


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

WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Do a St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).



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

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.

  • Louisiana Records and Statistics Information ~ where and how to order information.
  • St. Helena Parish USGenWeb Archives - Marriage Record Index, Obituaries, Death Records. Be sure to look at the Photo collection because there are images of documents there.
  • Louisiana State Archives - Death records for the State of Louisiana that are over 50 years old are available (1911 +), also birth records for Orleans parish that are over 100 years old and marriage records for Orleans parish that are over 50 years old (1870 +) When doing a search be sure to use the advanced search option, you can search for a partial name, this help when there might be a variation of a name.

Societies and Libraries

St. Helena Historical Society
Rt. 1, Box 131
Amite 70422-9415
Telephone: 707 967 5502

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, "St. Helena Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. 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
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., St Helena Parish, Louisiana p 292 (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. "St. Helena 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.