West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
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Location in the state of Louisiana
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Founded March 31, 1807
County Seat Port Allen
Address 850 8th Street
Port Allen, LA 70767
Website: wbrcouncil.org
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Parish Information


The County was named for the bâton rouge, French for red stick. The County has Port Allen as its seat and the County was created March 31, 1807. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1793 1810 1800s 1800s

Parish Courthouse

West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse
P O Box 107
Port Allen, LA 70767-0757
Phone:. 225.383.0378 

Clerk Court has birth, marriage, probate and land records.[3]


Parent Parish

  • 1807--West Baton Rouge Parish was created 31 March 1807 from Pointe Coupee Parish.
    Parish seat: Port Allen [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


African American



Cemeteries of West Baton Rouge, 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 West Baton Rouge Parish cemeteries.


Census Pop.
Est. 200622,463[5]4.0%
West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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 West Baton Rouge 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.


Societies and Libraries

West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society
PO Box 1126
Port Allen 70767-1126
Facebook Page

West Baton Rouge Museum and Historical Society
845 North Jefferson Ave.
Port Allen 70767-2417
Telephone: 225-336-2422 or 1-888-881-6811
Fax: 225-336-3448

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.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Baton_Rouge_Parish,_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., West Carroll Parish, Louisiana p 293 (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. "West Baton Rouge Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22121.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  6. 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.