DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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DeSoto Parish, Louisiana
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Founded April 1, 1843
County Seat Mansfield
Courthouse
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Louisiana  Gotoarrow.png  DeSoto County

Parish Courthouse

History

  • 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

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

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

Resources http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/homepage.htm

Cemeteries  http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/cemeteries.htm

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps  http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/range_township_map.htm

Militaryhttp://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/military_links.htm

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records  http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/vital.htm

Societies and Libraries http://www.countygenweb.com/DeSotoParishLA/resources.htm

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).