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Guide to '''Lafayette 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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==== Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Record Dates  ====
  
''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Louisiana]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Lafayette_Parish,_Louisiana|Lafayette 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" | '''[[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823
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== Parish Courthouse  ==
 
== Parish Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.lpclerk.com/ Lafayette Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box 4508<br>Lafayette, LA 70502-4508<br>Phone: 337.291.6400&nbsp;<br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1823.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., LaFayette Parish, Louisiana p 291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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[http://www.lpclerk.com/ Lafayette Parish Courthouse]<br>PO Box 4508<br>Lafayette, LA 70502-4508<br>Phone: 337.291.6400&nbsp;<br><br>Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1823.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., LaFayette Parish, Louisiana p 291 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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==== Parent Parish  ====
 
==== Parent Parish  ====
  
*'''1823--'''Lafayette Parish was created 17 January 1823 from [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]] and Attakapas, Discontinued 17 Apr 1811,&nbsp;Parishes. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Lafayette <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1823--'''Lafayette Parish was created 17 January 1823 from [[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Martin]] and Attakapas, Discontinued 17 Apr 1811,&nbsp;Parishes. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Lafayette <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 Lafayette Parish [http://www.genealogyinc.com/louisiana/maps/ boundary changes].  
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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  ====
  
*[[Acadia Parish, Louisiana|Acadia]]  
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[[Image:Lalafayette.png|300px]]
*[[Iberia Parish, Louisiana|Iberia]]  
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*[[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]]  
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*[[Acadia Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Acadia]]  
*[[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana|St. Martin]]  
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*[[Iberia Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Iberia]]  
*[[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion]]
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*[[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Landry]]  
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*[[St. Martin Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|St. Martin]]  
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*[[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Vermilion]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
  
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==== Biographies ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_biographies.html Lafayette Parish Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/biograph.htm Index to Lafayette Parish Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[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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{{LA Cemeteries Intro|Lafayette}}
*[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;
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/louisian.html FindaGrave.com]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; cemetery records with search by cemetery, by surname
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lafayette, 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=1136&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.lagenweb.org/lafayette/cemeteries/index.html LAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/cemtoc.htm LAGenWeb Archives]
  
Individual cemeteries:  
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/louisiana/lafayette.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=45217 St. John's Cemetery, Lafayette] BillionGraves
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*[http://Louisianagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=29 Louisiana Gravestones]
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}&nbsp;
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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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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lafayette+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=1136 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=Lafayette&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.la-cemeteries.com/Cemeteries%20Lafayette%20Table.shtml Louisiana Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/louisiana-cemetery-records.htm Louisiana Cemetery Records]
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The following web sites may have additional information on Lafayette 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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| estref=<ref>{{cite web|url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22055.html|title=Lafayette Parish Quickfacts|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
 
| estref=<ref>{{cite web|url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22055.html|title=Lafayette Parish Quickfacts|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
 
| footnote=Lafayette Parish Census Data<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt|title=Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
 
| footnote=Lafayette Parish Census Data<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt|title=Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990|author=[[United States Census Bureau]]|accessdate=2008-02-02}}</ref>
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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/lafayette/centoc.htm Index to Lafayette Parish Census Records] (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
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/richland/wills.html Lafayette Parish Court Records] (USGenWeb Archives}
  
 
==== 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.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/history.htm Lafayette Parish History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_mayors.html Lafayette Parish Mayors] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/louisiana/ Maps of Louisiana (1805-1990)]
 
*[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.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/military.htm Lafayette 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/lafayette/1883_PENSIONERS.html Parishoners on the Roll, Lafayette Parish] (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 battle was fought in Lafayette Parish.
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Lafayette Parish:
  
*April 17, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la008.htm Vermillion Bayou]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la008.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August, 2012)</ref>
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*April 17, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la008.htm Vermillion Bayou]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/la008.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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_news.html Lafayette Parish News Abstracts] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/news.htm Lafayette Parish Newspaper Records] (USGenWeb Archvies)
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{{LA Newspaper abstracts|Lafayette}}
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==== Obituaries ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/obituaries.html Lafayette Parish Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/obits.htm Index to Lafayette Parish Obituaries] (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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{LA Tax Intro}}
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{{LA Vital 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] ~ where and how to order information.
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=====Birth=====
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*'''1834-1850''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_birth_records.html Index to Lafayette Parish 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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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/marriage.htm Index to Lafayette Parish Marriage Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_marriages.html Lafayette Parish Marriages] (Genealogy Trails)
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=====Death=====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayette/deaths.htm Index to Lafayette Parish Death Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/lafayette_parish_death_notices.html Lafayette Parish Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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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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*'''1870''' [http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/1870_mortality.html Mortality Schedule, Lafayette Parish]. Persons who died during the year ending 1st June, 1870 in Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana. (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.lahistory.org/ Louisiana Historical Society]  
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'''Lafayette Genealogical Society'''<br> 1021 Rosedown Lane<br> Lafayette, Louisiana 70532-5832<br>[http://lafayettegenealogicalsociety.org/index.htm Website]<br><br>
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'''Attakapas Historical Association'''<br>PO Box 43010 Usl<br> Lafayette 70504-3010<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}}
 
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Lafayette Louisiana Family History Center]]
 
*[[Lafayette Louisiana Family History Center]]
  
== 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/lafayette-parish/ Lafayette 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+Lafayette|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/121573484596801/ Louisiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.lagenweb.org/lafayette/ Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, LAGenWeb Project], part of the USGenWeb Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/la/lafayett.htm Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USGenWeb Archives]  
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*{{FHL|Louisiana%2C+Lafayette|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/LafayetteP/ Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/LA/LafayetteP/ Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/lou/lafayette/ Lafayette Parish Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/LA/Lafayette-Parish.htm Lafayette Parish LA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Latest revision as of 17:11, 3 October 2017

United States
Louisiana
Lafayette Parish

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

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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting Lafayette Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 17, 1852
County Seat Lafayette
Courthouse
LALaFayettecourthouse.jpg
Website: www.lafayetteparishclerk.com
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Parish Information

Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major Parish Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1823 1810 1823 1823

Parish Courthouse

Lafayette Parish Courthouse
PO Box 4508
Lafayette, LA 70502-4508
Phone: 337.291.6400 

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1823.[2]

History

Parent Parish

  • 1823--Lafayette Parish was created 17 January 1823 from St. Martin and Attakapas, Discontinued 17 Apr 1811, Parishes.
    Parish seat: Lafayette [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

Populated Places

Neighboring Parishes or Counties

Lalafayette.png

Resources

African American

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lafayette, 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 Lafayette Parish cemeteries.

Census

Census Pop.
190022,825
191028,73325.9%
192030,8417.3%
193038,82725.9%
194043,94113.2%
195057,74331.4%
196084,65646.6%
1970109,71629.6%
1980150,01736.7%
1990164,7629.8%
2000190,50315.6%
Est. 2008211,000[4]10.8%
Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 battle was fought in Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 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.

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 and Libraries

Lafayette Genealogical Society
1021 Rosedown Lane
Lafayette, Louisiana 70532-5832
Website

Attakapas Historical Association
PO Box 43010 Usl
Lafayette 70504-3010

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., LaFayette Parish, Louisiana p 291 (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. "Lafayette Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22055.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