Tensas Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
Guide to Tensas Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Tensas Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||March 17, 1843|
|County Seat||St. Joseph|
|Address|| 201 Hancock St.|
St. Joseph, LA 71366
- 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 Probate
- 5.14 Obituaries
- 5.15 Taxation
- 5.16 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Museums and Historic Sites
- 8 Websites
- 9 References
The County was named for the Taensa people. The County has St. Joseph as its seat and the County was created March 17, 1843. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.
Tensas Parish, Louisiana Record Dates
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
- Adams County, Mississippi
- Claiborne County, Mississippi
- Jefferson County, Mississippi
- Warren County, Mississippi
- Louisiana African American Griots Project ~ USGenWeb Project
- Afrigeneas - African Ancestral Genealogy
- Tensas Parish, Louisiana: Largest Slaveholders from 1860 Slave Census Schedules and Surname Matches for African Americans on 1870 Census
- Family Bible Records of Tensas Parish, Louisiana (USGenWeb Archives)
The following web sites may have additional information on Tensas Parish cemeteries.
- Interment.net Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
- African American Cemeteries ~ listing by county
|Tensas Parish Census Data|
- Louisiana Census Images ~ USGenWeb Census Images Project
- 1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Louisiana - Tensas County [sic]
- Index to Tensas Parish Census Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Historical Church Information
- Directory of Churches in Louisiana ~ by city ~ Church Angel
- Tensas Parish LA Church Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Court Records of Tensas Parish LA (USGenWeb Archives)
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 are available for Tensas 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. Biographical And Historical Memoirs of Louisiana: Embracing an Authentic And Comprehensive Account of the Chief Events In the History of the State, a Special Sketch of Every Parish And a Record of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy And Illustrious Families And Individuals ... Chicago: The Goodspeed publishing company, 1892. (Tensas Parish is described on pages 203-204 in Volume 2. In addition, a search for "Tensas" in this book will bring up brief biographies of several residents of the parish.)
- Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)
- United States Digital Map Library: Lousiana: Tensas Parish (Note: scroll down to Tensas Parish)
- Johnson's Plantation, Section and Township Map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana..., 1873
- Johnson’s Plantation and Township Map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana, 1878
- Map of the Parish of Tensas, Louisiana, 1860
- Also see 1940 Census Enumeration District Maps above.
- 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 - List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, Tensas Parish, Louisiana (Genealogy Trails)
- 1898-1950 - Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 at FamilySearch — images
- 1811 - Enumeration of Ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers: Tensas Parish, 1911
Regiments. Service men in Tensas 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 Tensas Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:
- - 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Harrison's)(Confederate), Company A
- - 4th Field Battery, Louisiana Artillery (Confederate)
World War I
World War II
- 1940-1945 - Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Honor List of Dead and Missing Army & Army Air Forces Personnel, Tensas Parish, Louisiana (Genealogy Trails)
- Enlistment Records, Residence County Tensas
- Enlistment Records, Reserve Corps, Residence County Tensas
- Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Louisiana., 1946: Tensas Parish
- Dead and Wounded Army Casualties
- Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, and Terrorism Wars, and Peacetime (1950-2006): Casualties
Louisiana Newspaper List - USNPL lists newspapers by city, name.
The original weekly Tensas Gazette was founded in 1852 in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Since that time it has operated under various owners and names. One of the oldest newspapers in Louisiana, it is still in publication under its orginal name. The Library of Congress has digitized the issues from 1894 to 1922 which can be browsed or searched at its Chronicling America website.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Tensas 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 Tensas 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 $
- Tensas Parish Wills and Probate Records (Genealogy Trails)
- Obituaries and Death Notices, Tensas Parish, Louisiana (Genealogy Trails)
- Index to Obituaries, Tensas Parish, Louisiana (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.
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.
- Tensas Parish Birth Records. Click on Births at left. (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1837–1957 - Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Tensas Parish Marriage Project (via USGenWeb)
- Tensas Parish Marriages. Click on Marriages at left. (USGenWeb Archives)
Societies and Libraries
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.
Museums and Historic Sites
Winter Quarters State Historic Site, St. Joseph, Louisiana: The only plantation left standing in Tensas Parish after Grant's troops marched through in 1863.
- Tensas Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Tensas Parish, LAGenWeb Project
- Tensas Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Tensas Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Tensas Parish, Louisiana, Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
- Tensas Parish LA Genealogy (LDS Genealogy)
- Wikipedia contributors, "Tensas Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensas_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., Tensas Parish, Louisiana p 293 (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.