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Washington Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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

Washington Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Washington Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1819
County Seat Franklinton
Address Corner of Washington and Main Street
Franklinton, LA 70438
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Parish InformationEdit


The County was named for George Washington. The County is located in the east central area of the state.[1]

Washington Parish, Louisiana Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1897 1914 1897 1897 1897 1700s
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1914. General compliance year unknown. (website says 1918 births; 1911 deaths)

Parish CourthouseEdit

Washington Parish Courthouse
Franklinton, LA 70438
Phone: 985.839.4663

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1897.[3]


Parent ParishEdit

  • 1819--Washington Parish was created 6 March 1819 from St. Tammany Parish.
    Parish seat: Franklinton [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

For animated maps illustrating Louisiana Parish boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Louisiana Parish Boundary Maps" (1805-1990) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record LossEdit

1854, 1897 Fires burned the courthouse, damaging and destroying records. Records from the 1840-1860 period are completely lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Parishes or CountiesEdit


African AmericanEdit

Bible RecordsEdit



Cemeteries of Washington, 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 Washington Parish cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200644,750[6]1.9%
Washington Parish Census Data[7]


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 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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Washington 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.


Pike CountyWalthall CountyMarion CountyMississippiPearl River CountySt. Tammany ParishTangipahoa Parish20PX
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


War of 1812Edit
Civil WarEdit

Online Records

World War IEdit
World War IIEdit


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




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



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 RecordsEdit

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.


Societies and LibrariesEdit

  • Louisiana Historical Society
  • Louisiana Historical Association

Family History CentersEdit

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.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Washington Parish, Louisiana


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington 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., Washington Parish, Louisiana p 293 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 9 January 2020.
  6. United States Census Bureau. "Washington Parish Quickfacts". Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  7. United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02.