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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Louisiana]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[DeSoto_Parish,_Louisiana|DeSoto Parish]]''
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Guide to '''DeSoto 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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=== Parish Information ===
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==== DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Record Dates  ====
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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" | '''[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1843
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1843
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.desotoparishclerk.org/ DeSoto Parish Courthouse]<br>Parish Courthouse<br>Mansfield, LA 71052<br>Phone: 318.872.3110&nbsp;<br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage and land records <br>from 1843, divorce, probate and court records. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. DeSoto Parish, Louisiana p 290 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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[http://www.desotoparishclerk.org/ DeSoto Parish Courthouse]<br>Parish Courthouse<br>Mansfield, LA 71052<br>Phone: 318.872.3110&nbsp;<br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage and land records <br>from 1843, divorce, probate and court records. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. DeSoto Parish, Louisiana p 290 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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==== Parent Parish  ====
 
==== Parent Parish  ====
  
*'''1 April 1843:''' DeSoto Parish was created from [[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana|Natchitoches]] and [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo]] Parishes.<br>'''Parish seat:''' Mansfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1 April 1843:''' DeSoto Parish was created from [[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Natchitoches]] and [[Caddo Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Caddo]] Parishes.<br>'''Parish seat:''' Mansfield <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*Eastern part of the parish was set off 2 March 1871 to form Red River Parish
 
*Eastern part of the parish was set off 2 March 1871 to form Red River Parish
  
*See an interactive map of DeSoto Parish [http://www.n2genealogy.com/louisiana/la-maps.html 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.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Parishes or Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Parishes or Counties  ====
  
*[[Caddo Parish, Louisiana|Caddo]]  
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[[Image:Ladesoto.png|300px]]
*[[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana|Natchitoches]]  
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*[[Panola County, Texas|Panola County, Texas]]  
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*[[Caddo Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Caddo]]  
*[[Red River Parish, Louisiana|Red River]]  
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*[[Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Natchitoches]]  
*[[Sabine Parish, Louisiana|Sabine]]  
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*[[Panola County, Texas Genealogy|Panola County, Texas]]  
*[[Shelby County, Texas|Shelby County, Texas]]
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*[[Red River Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Red River]]  
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*[[Sabine Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Sabine]]  
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*[[Shelby County, Texas Genealogy|Shelby County, Texas]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
[[Image:Ladesoto.png|thumb|right|400px]]
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
  
=== Archives and Libraries  ===
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==== Archives and Libraries  ====
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==== Bible Recortds====
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/bible.htm DeSoto Parish Bible Records] (LAGenWeb Project)
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====Biographies====
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/biographies.htm Index to DeSoto Parish Biographies] (LAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/bio.htm Index to DeSoto Parish Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/desoto/bios.html DeSoto Parish Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{LA Cemeteries Intro|DeSoto}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of DeSoto, 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=1124&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/cemeteries.htm LAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/cem.htm LAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/desoto.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=16 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|425649|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+DeSoto+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=1124 Findagrave.com]
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Louisiana&county=DeSoto&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20DeSoto%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 DeSoto 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;
  
*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/cemeteries.htm DeSoto Parish LA. Cemeteries] - [[LAGenWeb]]
 
 
*[http://riverjournal.com/vivvo/pvt/2005-desoto_parish_cemetery_transcriptions.html Click here to check out Trish Cannon website for cemetery lists.]  
 
*[http://riverjournal.com/vivvo/pvt/2005-desoto_parish_cemetery_transcriptions.html Click here to check out Trish Cannon website for cemetery lists.]  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/louisian.html LA Tombstone Transcription Project]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; partial records and photos&nbsp; ~ &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/la/index.htm Interment.net]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;LA cemetery records by county&nbsp;
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/la/ African American Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; listing by county&nbsp;
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/louisian.html FindaGrave.com]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; cemetery records with search by cemetery, by surname
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_l.htm Louisiana Census Images]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Census Images Project
 
*[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/desoto/cen.htm DeSoto Parish Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/census.htm DeSoto Parish Census Transcriptions] (LAGenWeb Project)
  
 
==== 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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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/church.htm DeSoto Parish Church Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1843-1909''' - [http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/succession_index.htm Index of Succession Records (Including Tutorship), DeSoto Parish, Louisiana] (LAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/court.htm DeSoto Parish Court Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/civil_court_records.htm DeSoto Parish Civil Court Records] (LAGenWeb Project)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{LA Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/69/Default.aspx Louisiana Museums]  
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{{LA History}}
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*[http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/VisitMuseums/Pages/default.aspx Louisiana Museums]
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/history.htm DeSoto Parish History] (LAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/history.htm DeSoto Parish History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== 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 DeSoto 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
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/military_links.htm DeSoto Parish Military Links] (LAGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/military.htm DeSoto Parish Military Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== 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://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/desoto/1883_pensioners_list.html DeSoto Parish Pensioners on the Rolls as of January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1898-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1838535|Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
  
The following Civil War battles were fought in DeSoto Parish. &nbsp;
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The following Civil War battles were fought in DeSoto Parish:
  
*April 8, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la018.htm Mansfield], also known as Sabine Cross-Roads or Pleasant Grove<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la018.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August, 2012)</ref>  
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*April 8, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la018.htm Mansfield], also known as Sabine Cross-Roads or Pleasant Grove<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la018.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State]</ref>  
*April 9, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la019.htm Pleasant Hill]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la019.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August, 2012)</ref>
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*April 9, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la019.htm Pleasant Hill]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la019.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State]</ref>
  
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/LAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Louisiana.
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/LAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Louisiana.
  
[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/genealogy/searchunit.aspx?type=4&state=Louisiana&B1=Search Louisiana Military History Online]  
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2489920|Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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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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{{LA Newspaper abstracts|DeSoto}}
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====Obituaries====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/desoto/obits.html DeSoto Parish Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/obi.htm index to DeSoto Parish Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/obituaries.htm DeSoto Parish Obituaries] (LAGenWeb Project)
  
 
==== 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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1843-1909''' - [http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/succession_index.htm#K Index of Succession Records , DeSoto Parish] (LAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/desoto/wills.html DeSoto Parish Wills and Probate Documents] (Genealogy Trails)
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====Schools====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/sch.htm DeSoto Parish School Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/schools.htm Schools of DeSoto Parish LA] (LAGenWeb Project)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{LA Tax Intro}}
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*'''1861''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/taxlists/slaves.txt '''Tax List'''] - Slave Owners of nine or more slaves in 1861. (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== 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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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto/vital.htm DeSoto Parish Vital Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''To 1850''' - [http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/marriages1850A_M.htm Early Desoto Parish Marriages] (LAGenWeb Project)
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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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*'''1843-1905''' - [http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/marriages_1843_1905.htm Some Marriages of DeSoto Parish LA (list is not complete)] (LAGenWeb Project)
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=====Death=====
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*'''1850-1875, 1894-1960''' - {{RecordSearch|1609793|Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/MASTER_burials.htm DeSoto Parish Deaths] (LAGenWeb Project)
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]  
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'''Desoto Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 447<br>Mansfield 71052-0447<br><br>
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'''Desoto Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 300<br> Stonewall, LA 71078-0300<br>[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/DeSoto_Historical_Society_Inc.htm 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]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
{{RAOGKlibrary}}  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*[http://lagenweb.net LAGenWeb]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Louisiana State Records
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/desoto-parish/ DeSoto Parish, LA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Records, Maps, Archives and Other Projects
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103807602346008156796 Louisiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[http://usgwarchives.net/la/lafiles.htm Louisiana Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project *{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+DeSoto|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for DeSoto Parish.  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/desoto.htm DeSoto Parish, USGenWeb Archives]  
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+DeSoto|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for DeSoto Parish.  
 
*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/homepage.htm The DeSoto Parish LAGenWeb Project], an member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/homepage.htm The DeSoto Parish LAGenWeb Project], an member of [[LAGenWeb|The LAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/De_SotoP/ DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
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United States
Louisiana
DeSoto Parish

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

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DeSoto Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting DeSoto Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1843
County Seat Mansfield
Courthouse
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Parish Information

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1843 1810 1843 1843

Parish Courthouse

DeSoto Parish Courthouse
Parish Courthouse
Mansfield, LA 71052
Phone: 318.872.3110 

Parish Clerk has marriage and land records
from 1843, divorce, probate and court records. [2]


Parish Courthouse

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Quick Facts

  • Named for Hernando deSoto (small "d"), the Spaniard who explored the future southeastern United States, discovered and named the Mississippi River.
  • The first Parish courthouse was a log house.

Parent Parish

  • 1 April 1843: DeSoto Parish was created from Natchitoches and Caddo Parishes.
    Parish seat: Mansfield [3]

Boundary Changes

  • Eastern part of the parish was set off 2 March 1871 to form Red River Parish

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

  • City: Mansfield
  • Towns: Keachi . Logansport . Stonewall
  • Villages: Grand Cane . Longstreet . South Mansfield . Stanley

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

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Resources

African American

Archives and Libraries

Bible Recortds

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of DeSoto, 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 DeSoto Parish cemeteries.


Census

Census Pop.
190025,063
191027,68910.5%
192029,3766.1%
193031,0165.6%
194031,8032.5%
195024,398−23.3%
196024,248−0.6%
197022,764−6.1%
198025,72713.0%
199025,346−1.5%
200025,4940.6%
Est. 200626,390[4]3.5%
De Soto Parish Census Data[5]

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for DeSoto 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

Military

Civil War

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in DeSoto Parish:

Map showing Civil War battles in Louisiana.
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

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

Schools

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.

  • 1861 Tax List - Slave Owners of nine or more slaves in 1861. (USGenWeb Archives)

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.

Marriage
Death

Societies and Libraries

Desoto Historical Society
PO Box 447
Mansfield 71052-0447

Desoto Historical Society
PO Box 300
Stonewall, LA 71078-0300
Website

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.

Websites

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. DeSoto Parish, Louisiana p 290 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. United States Census Bureau. "De Soto Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22031.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  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. 
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State