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Cameron Parish

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


Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Cameron Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1870
County Seat Cameron
Address PO Box 1280
Cameron, LA 70631
Cameron Parish Clerk of Court Website
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Parish Information


The County was named for Simon Cameron. The County has Cameron as its seat and the County was created 1870. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

Cameron Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1810 1870 1870

Parish Courthouse

Cameron Parish Courthouse
119 Smith Road
Cameron, LA 70631-0549
Phone: 337.775.5316 

Parish Clerk has marriage, probate, divorce, court and
land records from 1870  and military discharge records
from 1918 [3]

LSU Special Collection: "The Courthouse still Stands after Hurricane Audrey"

"A Sportman's Paradise"


  • Named for Simon Cameron, first Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States

Parent Parish

Boundary Changes

  • Northeast portion set off to create Jefferson Davis Parish 12 June 1912.

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

Communities: Big Lake | Cameron | Constance Beach |  Creole | Gibbstown |  Grand Chenier | Grand Lake | Hackberry | Hacketts Corner | Holly Beach | Illinois Plant | Johnson Bayou | Johnson Bayou Landing | Lone Pine | Lowry | North Island | Oak Grove | Peveto Beach | Sweet Lake

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


African American


Cemeteries (in rural areas)

Cemeteries of Cameron, 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 Cameron Parish cemeteries.


Census Pop.
Cameron Parish Census Data[5]


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.

  • Baptist
  • Methodist
  • Roman Catholic


Gazetteers of Places/Localities

  • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Cameron Parish  (over 525 entries)
    (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.) Requires login.


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 Cameron 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 I
World War II
Korean War


LSU Special Collection

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cameron 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 Cameron 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.


Societies and Libraries

The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 5652
Lake Charles, LA 70606-5652

Cameron Parish Historical and Genealogical Society
PO BOX 1107
Cameron, LA 70631

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.


Thanks to the Cameron Parish Wiki Contributors

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Cameron, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_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., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, Louisiana, p.289
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 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.