Vernon Parish, Louisiana Genealogy
Guide to Vernon Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Vernon Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
|Founded||March 30, 1871|
|Address|| 215 S. 4th Street|
Leesville, LA 71446
- 1 Parish Information
- 2 Vernon Parish Courthouse
- 3 Parish Courthouse
- 4 History
- 5 Places / Localities
- 6 Resources
- 6.1 African American
- 6.2 Bible Records
- 6.3 Biographies
- 6.4 Cemeteries
- 6.5 Census
- 6.6 Church
- 6.7 Court
- 6.8 Land
- 6.9 Local Histories
- 6.10 Maps
- 6.11 Military
- 6.12 Newspapers
- 6.13 Obituaries
- 6.14 Probate
- 6.15 Schools
- 6.16 Taxation
- 6.17 Vital Records
- 7 Societies and Libraries
- 8 Websites
- 9 References
The County was named for Mount Vernon. The County has Leesville as its seat and the County was created March 30, 1871. The County is located in the west central area of the state.
Vernon Parish, Louisiana Record Dates
Vernon Parish Courthouse
Vernon Parish Police Jury
PO Box 1548
(The parish does not have its own website.)
- Named for Mount Vernon
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
- Cities: DeRidder . Leesville
- Towns: Hornbeck . New Llano . Rosepine
- Villages: Anacoco . Simpson
- Military: Fort Polk
Neighboring Parishes or Counties
- Louisiana African American Griots Project ~ USGenWeb Project
- Afrigeneas - African Ancestored Genealogy
- Vernon Parish Bible Records (USGenWeb Archives)
The following web sites may have additional information on Vernon Parish cemeteries.
- Interment.net Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
- African American Cemeteries ~ listing by county
- Vernon 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.
- Vernon Parish Church Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Historical Church Information
- Directory of Churches in Louisiana ~ by city ~ Church Angel
- Vernon Parish Court Records (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.
- Louisiana Land Records - Interactive Search (RootsWeb)
- Vernon Parish Land Records (USGenWeb Archives)
Local histories are available for Vernon 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.
- Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)
- Family Maps of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- USGW Digital Map Collection ~ USGenWeb Project
- Military Records, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (USGenWeb Archives)
- Louisiana Military History Online
- Military Stories of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (USGenWeb Archives)
War of 1812
- 1883 - List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (Genealogy Trails)
- 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
- 1898-1950 - Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 at FamilySearch — images
World War I
- 1917-1920 - Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920 at FamilySearch — index and images
- World War I Heroes of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (USGenWeb Archives)
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, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (Genealogy Trails)
- Louisiana Newspaper List ~ listing by name/parish ~ USNPL
- Louisiana Newspaper ~ listing ~ Newslink
- Vernon Parish Newspaper Clippings (USGenWeb Archives)
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Vernon 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 Vernon 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
- Vernon Parish Wills (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1756-1984 - Louisiana Wills and Probate Records 1756-1984 at Ancestry.com Ancestry.com — index and images $
- Vernon Parish Schools (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.
- 1837-1957 - Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Vernon Parish Marriage Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1850-1875, 1894-1960 - Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1880 - Mortality Schedule, Vernon Parish (Genealogy Trails)
- Vernon Parish Death Records (USGenWeb Archives)
Societies and Libraries
Vernon Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 275
1401 Nolan Trace
Leesville, LA 71446
Central Louisiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 12206
Alexandria, LA 71315-2206
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.
- Vernon Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Vernon Parish LAGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives
- Vernon Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Vernon Parish, Louisiana, Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
- Vernon Parish LA Genealogy (LDS Genealogy)
- Wikipedia contributors, "Vernon Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_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., Vernon Parish, Louisiana p 293 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).