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== Parish Courthouse ==
== Parish Courthouse ==
Richland Parish Courthouse<br>108 Courthouse Square; PO Box 119;<br>Rayvillle, LA 71269<br>Phone: 318.728.4171 <br>
Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, <br>court and land records from 1869.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed., Richland Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
Richland Parish Courthouse<br> 108 Courthouse Square; PO Box 119;<br>Rayvillle, LA 71269<br> Phone: 318.728.4171 <br>
Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, <br>court and land records from 1869  
== History  ==
== History  ==

Revision as of 16:15, 11 October 2012

Richland Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Richland Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded September 29, 1868
County Seat Rayville
Richland Parish Courthouse.jpg
Address 708 Julia St.
Rayville, La. 71269
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Parish Courthouse

Richland Parish Courthouse
108 Courthouse Square; PO Box 119;
Rayvillle, LA 71269
Phone: 318.728.4171

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1869.[1]


Richland parish was organized by an act of the state legislature in 1868, out of Ouachita, Franklin, Carroll and Morehouse parishes.

Rayville was at once selected as the parish seat of justice, and a California plank house was immediately erected to serve for court purposes. This frame building was used for several years, until a substantial two-story brick building was completed. A strong, two-story brick jail also occupied a site beside the courthouse in courthouse square.

The parish has an area of 578 square miles, nearly all of which is susceptible of cultivation, and the remainder is covered with a thick growth of valuable timber, comprising many varieties of oak, hickory, ash, cypress, red gum and many others.

Rayville, Delhi, and Mangham are its only incorporated towns. Delhi and Rayville were incorporated under the act of the statelegislature of 1882.

When Rayville was selected as the site for the seat of justice it was "in the timber." As the parish site it soon grew into a flourishing village and secured a charter of incorporation about 1884. It was visited by a very destructive fire in the fall of 1890, when one-half or more of the business portion of the town was consumed. Again, in 1891, it was visited by a similar disaster.

The first newspaper published in Richland parish was the "Richland Beacon," established at Rayville about 1869 by Thomas J. Mangham. The first sheriff and clerk of the parish was A.J. Lidell and J. Newt Pitts, respectively.

Parent Parish

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Richland Parish boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Alto, LA
  • Archibald, LA
  • Delhi, LA
  • Dunn, LA
  • Holly Ridge, LA
  • Mangham, LA
  • Rayville, LA
  • Start, LA

Neighboring Parishes or Counties


African American



Census Pop.
Richland Parish Census Data[2]




Local Histories

Louisiana Museums



Louisiana Military History Online




Louisiana Probate Records  ~  information on.


Vital Records

Louisiana Records and Statistics Information  ~ where and how to order information.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers




  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed., Richland Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 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.