DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Guide

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana (Map It) was created on April 1, 1843 from Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. The parish was named in honor of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Learn More About State of Louisiana History.

DeSoto Parish is bordered by Caddo Parish (north), Red River Parish (east), Natchitoches Parish (southeast), Sabine Parish (south), Shelby County, Texas (southwest), Panola County, Texas (west).

DeSoto Parish Cities and Towns include Mansfield, Keachie, Logansport, Stonewall, Grand Cane, Longstreet, South Mansfield, Stanley.

A Map of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Courthouse Records

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Courthouse
DeSoto Parish, LA Courthouse

The DeSoto Parish Courthouse is located in Mansfield, Louisiana. Learn More About State of Louisiana Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in DeSoto parish. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • DeSoto Parish Clerk of Court has Marriage Records from 1843, Land Records from 1843, Probate Records from 1843 and Court Records from 1843. The Parish Clerk of Court performs the functions of more than one office. As the Recorder, the office of the Clerk of Court receives, files, records and indexes all mortgages, conveyances and all other instruments recorded in the Public Records for the Parish. The Clerk’s Office receives and files all pleadings, such as petitions, answers, motions and other filings in Civil and Probate matters, as well as indictments, bills of information and other filings in Criminal matters. Another function of the Clerk’s Office is the issuance of Marriage Licenses and recording their returns after the marriages are performed.

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Census Records

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Vital Records

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Resources

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana External Links

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