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Guide to '''Allen Parish, Louisiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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| building address =P.O. Box 248<br />Oberlin, La. 70655<br />(337) 639-4351<br />[http://www.33jdc.com/ '''Allen Parish Courthouse Website''']  
 
| building address =P.O. Box 248<br />Oberlin, La. 70655<br />(337) 639-4351<br />[http://www.33jdc.com/ '''Allen Parish Courthouse Website''']  
 
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=== Parish Information ===
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==== Allen Parish, Louisiana Record Dates  ====
  
''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Louisiana]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Allen_Parish,_Louisiana|Allen Parish]]''  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1913
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1810
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/LA_Allen.htm Allen Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box G<br>Oberlin, LA 70655-2007<br>Phone: 337.639.2803 <br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate <br>and court records from 1913 .<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Allen Parish, Louisiana p 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/LA_Allen.htm Allen Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box G<br>Oberlin, LA 70655-2007<br>Phone: 337.639.2803 <br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate <br>and court records from 1913 .<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Allen Parish, Louisiana p 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen.
  
Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen. It was separated in 1912 from the larger Calcasieu Parish to the southwest.  
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Allen Parish was part of the Opelousas County after the Louisiana Territory was established in 1803. In 1807, the territory was divided into parishes and Allen was part of St. Landry Parish. Allen remained part of St. Landry Parish until 1840 when Calcasieu Parish was carved from the very large St. Landry Parish. In 1870, Cameron Parish was carved from Calcasieu Parish and also gained a piece of Vermillion Parish. Calcasieu remained the same until 1912 when it was divided into four parishes, including Allen Parish.  
  
 
For more information:  
 
For more information:  
  
*[http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20060419/COMMUNITIES/50219004/A-history-Allen-Parish A History of Allen Parish]
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*[http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20060419/COMMUNITIES/50219004/A-history-Allen-Parish A History of Allen Parish]&nbsp;(thetowntalk.com)
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*[http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/FTBooks/gremillion-allen.htm History of Allen Parish] by John Berton Gremillion
  
 
==== Parent Parish  ====
 
==== Parent Parish  ====
  
*'''1912--'''Allen Parish was created 12 June 1912 from [[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|Calcasieu]] Parish. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Oberlin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1912--'''Allen Parish was created 12 June 1912 from [[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Calcasieu]] Parish. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Oberlin <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Allen Parish [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/maps/ boundary changes]. (map also shows parish boundaries for census years)
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For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps"] (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
 
{{Allen Parish, Louisiana}}  
 
{{Allen Parish, Louisiana}}  
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[[Image:Laallen.png|300px]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Allen%20Table.shtml Allen Parish Cemeteries] at La-Cemeteries<br>
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1110 Allen Parish Cemeteries] - FindaGrave.com
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/la/index.htm Interment.net]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;LA cemetery records by county&nbsp;
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; listing by county&nbsp;
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/allen.htm Tombsone Transcription Project - Allen Parish]<br>
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com]
 
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}&nbsp;  
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{{LA Cemeteries Intro|Allen}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Allen, Louisiana''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=20&GScnty=1110&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/la/allen/ LAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/allen/cemeteries.htm LAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/allen.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=2 Louisiana Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|645373|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Allen+Louisiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the Parish'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=20&CScnty=1110 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Louisiana&county=Allen&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Allen%20Table.shtml Louisiana Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/louisiana-cemetery-records.htm Louisiana Cemetery Records]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Louisiana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web sites may have additional information on Allen Parish cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/LA/index.htm Interment.net] Louisiana cemetery records by Parish.
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp;~ listing by county&nbsp;
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22003.html Allen Parish Quick Facts - U.S. Census Bureau]  
 
[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22003.html Allen Parish Quick Facts - U.S. Census Bureau]  
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_l.htm Louisiana Census Images]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Census Images Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/allen/census.htm Index to Allen Parish, Louisiana Census Images] - USGenWeb Archives
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
*[http://bayougenealogy.com/lalink.html Louisiana Historical Church Information&nbsp;]  
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{{LA Church Intro}}
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*[http://louisiana.hometownlocator.com/features/historical,class,church.cfm Louisiana Historical Church Information]
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/louisiana.htm Directory of Churches in Louisiana]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; by city&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Church Angel
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/louisiana.htm Directory of Churches in Louisiana]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; by city&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Church Angel
  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{LA Land}}
  
 
==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
  
*[http://www.allen.lib.la.us/ Allen Parish Libraries]
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*[http://www.allen.lib.la.us/ Allen Parish Libraries]&nbsp; You can access local records at the library or through Heritage Quest which is linked between all libraries.
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Three locations&nbsp;:&nbsp;
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*320 S. 6th Street<br>Oberlin, Louisiana 70655<br>(318) 491-4543
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*405 E. 6th Avenue<br>Oakdale, LA 71463<br>(318) 335-2690<br>(318) 335-4743 Fax
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*833 4th Avenue<br>Kinder, Louisiana 70648<br>(318) 491-4545<br>(337) 738-4213 Fax
  
===== Family History Centers<br> =====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/69/Default.aspx Louisiana Museums]  
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{{LA History}} [http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/69/Default.aspx Louisiana Museums]  
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Books
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/title/from-whence-they-came/oclc/23587271 From Whence They Came], by J. Erwin Kelmsley (includes Irwin, Beckham, Goodbee, Rogers, and Smith families)
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/title/early-allen-parish-louisiana-marriage-records-1889-1942-computer-indexed-marriage-records/oclc/664801456 Early Allen Parish, Louisiana marriage records], 1889-1942&nbsp;: computer indexed marriage records
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/title/inventory-of-the-parish-archives-of-louisiana-no-2-allen-parish-oberlin/oclc/20294071&referer=brief_results Inventory of the parish archives of Louisiana ]: no. 2, Allen Parish (Oberlin)
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/title/family-maps-of-allen-parish-louisiana-with-homesteads-roads-waterways-towns-cemeteries-railroads-and-more/oclc/74743673&referer=brief_results Family maps of Allen Parish, Louisiana ]: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Allen Parish, Louisiana] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/maps/ USGW Digital Map Collection]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/maps/ USGW Digital Map Collection]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.zipmap.net/Louisiana/Allen_Parish.htm Allen Parish Zip Code Map]
 
*[http://www.zipmap.net/Louisiana/Allen_Parish.htm Allen Parish Zip Code Map]
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*[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]  
 
*[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]  
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=====Civil War=====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932372|Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932399|Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1898-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1838535|Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|2489920|Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====World War II=====
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1916286|Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/louisiana/allen.htm Allen Parish, Louisiana World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/louisiana/allen.htm Allen Parish, Louisiana World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
  
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*[http://www.newslink.org/lanews.html Louisiana Newspaper&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; listing&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Newslink
 
*[http://www.newslink.org/lanews.html Louisiana Newspaper&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; listing&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Newslink
  
{{RAOGKobituary}}&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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&nbsp; {{LA Newspaper abstracts|Allen}}
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====Obituaries====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/allen/obits.html Allen Parish Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/allen/obits.html Index to Louisiana Obituaries of Allen Parish] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
[[Louisiana Probate Records|Louisiana Probate Records]]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; information on.  
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{{LA Probate Intro}}
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[[Louisiana Probate Records|Louisiana Probate Records]]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; information on.
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1756 – 1984''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9067 Louisiana Wills and Probate Records 1756-1984] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{LA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
[http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?id=252 Louisiana Records and Statistics Information]&nbsp; ~ where and how to order information.  
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{{LA Vital Intro}}
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*[http://www.ldh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/subhome/21 Louisiana Records and Statistics Information]&nbsp; - where and how to order information.
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=====Birth=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/allen/births.html Allen County Birth Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''1837–1957''' -  {{RecordSearch|1807364|Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Death=====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/allen/vitals/deaths.htm Allen Parish Death Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1850-1875, 1894-1960''' - {{RecordSearch|1609793|Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
== Societies  ==
 
== Societies  ==
  
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]  
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'''Allen Genealogical & Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 789<br>Kinder 70648-0789<br><br>
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'''Central Louisiana Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 12206<br> Alexandria, LA 71315-2206<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laclgs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/la-society-archive/ Louisiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://louisianahistoricalsociety.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Association]
 
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Association]
 
{{RAOGKlibrary}}
 
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.allenparish.com/ Allen Parish Tourist Commission]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/allen-parish/ Allen Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103807602346008156796 Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.allenparish.com/ Allen Parish Tourist Commission]&nbsp;This site includes Allen Parish history as well as a Ward Map. &nbsp;Many of the Louisiana census records were recorded as wards.
 
*[http://www.theusgenweb.org/la/allen/ Allen Parish Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.theusgenweb.org/la/allen/ Allen Parish Genealogy]  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/allen.htm US GenWeb - Allen Parish]  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/allen.htm US GenWeb - Allen Parish]&nbsp;
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allen-Parish-Louisiana/109858212397610 Allen Parish on Facebook]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allen-Parish-Louisiana/109858212397610 Allen Parish on Facebook]  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Lousiana Genealogy on Facebook]
 
*[http://louisiana.gov/Government/Parish_Allen/ Allen Parish on Louisiana.gov]<br>  
 
*[http://louisiana.gov/Government/Parish_Allen/ Allen Parish on Louisiana.gov]<br>  
*[http://lagenweb.net LAGenWeb]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Louisiana State Records
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/lafiles.htm Louisiana Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Records, Maps, Archives and Other Projects Genealogy Research in Allen Parish, Louisiana]
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Allen|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/lafiles.htm Louisiana Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project *{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Allen|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/AllenP/ Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/AllenP/ Allen Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/LA_Allen.html Allen Parish, Louisiana] on KindredTrails.com
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/allen/index.html Genealogy Trails: Allen Parish, Louisiana]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Allen-Parish.htm Allen Parish LA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
{{wikipedia|align="left"|Allen_Parish,_Louisiana|Allen Parish, Louisiana}}  
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{{wikipedia|align="left"|Allen_Parish,_Louisiana|Allen Parish, Louisiana}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 22:51, 16 July 2017

United States
Louisiana
Allen Parish

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

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Allen Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting Allen Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 12, 1912
County Seat Oberlin
Courthouse
Allen Parish, Louisiana.jpg
Address P.O. Box 248
Oberlin, La. 70655
(337) 639-4351
Allen Parish Courthouse Website
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Parish Information

Allen Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1913 1810 1886 1913

Parish Courthouse

Allen Parish Courthouse
PO Box G
Oberlin, LA 70655-2007
Phone: 337.639.2803

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate
and court records from 1913 .[2]


History

Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen.

Allen Parish was part of the Opelousas County after the Louisiana Territory was established in 1803. In 1807, the territory was divided into parishes and Allen was part of St. Landry Parish. Allen remained part of St. Landry Parish until 1840 when Calcasieu Parish was carved from the very large St. Landry Parish. In 1870, Cameron Parish was carved from Calcasieu Parish and also gained a piece of Vermillion Parish. Calcasieu remained the same until 1912 when it was divided into four parishes, including Allen Parish.

For more information:

Parent Parish

  • 1912--Allen Parish was created 12 June 1912 from Calcasieu Parish.
    Parish seat: Oberlin [3]

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

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Allen, 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 Allen Parish cemeteries.

Census

Allen Parish Quick Facts - U.S. Census Bureau

Church

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.

Court

Land

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.

Libraries

  • Allen Parish Libraries  You can access local records at the library or through Heritage Quest which is linked between all libraries.

Three locations : 

  • 320 S. 6th Street
    Oberlin, Louisiana 70655
    (318) 491-4543
  • 405 E. 6th Avenue
    Oakdale, LA 71463
    (318) 335-2690
    (318) 335-4743 Fax
  • 833 4th Avenue
    Kinder, Louisiana 70648
    (318) 491-4545
    (337) 738-4213 Fax
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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Allen 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

Books

  • From Whence They Came, by J. Erwin Kelmsley (includes Irwin, Beckham, Goodbee, Rogers, and Smith families)

Maps

Military

Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

Taxation

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.

Birth
Marriage
Death

Societies

Allen Genealogical & Historical Society
PO Box 789
Kinder 70648-0789

Central Louisiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 12206
Alexandria, LA 71315-2206
Website

See also a List of Louisiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Allen Parish, Louisiana

References

  1. 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
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Allen Parish, Louisiana p 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).