Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Guide

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana (Map It) was created on  March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. (originally created on April 10, 1805 as Ouachita County, Louisana Territory as one of the original 12 counties). The parish was named for the Ouachita Native American people. . Learn More About State of Louisiana History.

Ouachita Parish is bordered by Union Parish (north), Morehouse Parish (northeast), Richland Parish (east), Caldwell Parish (south), Jackson Parish (southwest), Lincoln Parish (west).

Ouachita Parish Cities and Towns include Monroe, Richwood, Sterlington, West Monroe.

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

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Courthouse Records

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Courthouse
Ouachita Parish, LA Courthouse

The Ouachita Parish Courthouse is located in Monroe, 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 Ouachita 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. In April of 1864, Yankee gunboats partially destroyed the second courthouse. In 1882 the third courthouse was destroyed by fire.

  • Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court has Marriage Records from 1805, Land Records from 1805, Probate Records from 1805 and Court Records from 1805. 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.

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Census Records

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Vital Records

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Resources

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana External Links

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