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

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Acadia Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting Acadia Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 30, 1886
County Seat Crowley
Courthouse
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Address 425 North Parkerson Avenue

Crowley, LA 70526

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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the former French colony of Acadia in Canada whom migrated to Louisiana. The County has Crowley as its seat and the County was created 1886. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

Acadia Parish, Louisiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1886 1914 1886 1886 1886 1700s
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1914. General compliance year unknown. (website says 1918 births; 1911 deaths)

Parish Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Acadia Parish Courthouse
PO Box 922
Crowley, LA 70527-0922
Phone: 337-788-8881

Parish Clerk of Court has records of marriages, divorces, wills, land, civil, and criminal law suits from 1886.[3]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Acadia Parish was created 30 June 1886 from St. Landry Parish after an election to determine the parish seat, ending when Crowley beat Rayne and Prairie Hayes.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Parish Places & Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Acadia, 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 Acadia Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Acadia 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.

Louisiana Museums

Maps[edit | edit source]

Allen ParishEvangeline ParishSt. Landry ParishLafayette ParishVermilion ParishJefferson Davis ParishLA ACADIA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Louisiana Military History Online

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Acadia Parish, Louisiana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records before 1845 were kept in probate courts. Since 1845, they have been kept by the Acadia 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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.
    PO Box 497
    Crowley, LA 70527
    Email: genes.1@bryantsweb.com
    Website
  • Pointe de l'Eglise Genealogical & Historical Society
    PO Box 160
    Church Point, LA 70525
    Website
  • Rayne Historical Assn
    110 W South 1st Street
    Rayne, LA 70578-5844
  • Louisiana Historical Association
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Websites - Acadia Parish[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia
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Websites - Louisiana and US[edit | edit source]

Thanks to the Contributors to the Acadia Parish Pages[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Acadia, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acadia_Parish,_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Acadia Parish, Louisiana. Page 289-293 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 267-268.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed.Acadia Parish, Louisiana p 289 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).



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