Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Madison Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Madison Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Founded January 19, 1838
County Seat Tallulah
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Address 100 North Cedar Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
(318) 574-0655
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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Madison. The County has Tallulah as its seat and the County was created 1838. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1866 1914 1882 1839 1850 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]

Madison Parish Courthouse
100 N Cedar Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
Phone: 318.574.0655

Parish Clerk has marriage records from 1866, divorce and land records from 1839, probate records from 1850 and court records from 1882.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

  • 1838--Madison Parish was created 19 January 1838 from Concordia Parish.
    Parish seat: Tallulah [4]

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Possible record destruction due to courthouse fire on an unknown date.

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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]


Neighboring Parishes or Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Madison, 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 Madison Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 5,142
1850 8,773 70.6%
1860 14,133 61.1%
1870 8,600 −39.1%
1880 13,906 61.7%
1890 14,135 1.6%
1900 12,322 −12.8%
1910 10,676 −13.4%
1920 10,829 1.4%
1930 14,829 36.9%
1940 18,443 24.4%
1950 17,451 −5.4%
1960 16,444 −5.8%
1970 15,065 −8.4%
1980 15,975 6.0%
1990 12,463 −22.0%
2000 13,728 10.2%
2010 12,093 −11.9%
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Church[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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Land[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 Madison 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Madison Parish, Louisiana Genealogy:

- 6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), Company F
- 3rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Louisiana Militia(Confederate),
- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate), Company G
- 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Harrison's)(Confederate), Company B
- Moody's Company, Louisiana Artillery (Madison Light Artillery) (Confederate),
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle was fought in Madison Parish:

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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

Louisiana Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Schools[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Madison Parish Historical Society
    100 South Chestnut Street
    Tallulah, LA 71282-4202
  • Madison Historical Society
    PO Box 268
    Tallulah, LA 71284
    Phone: 318-574-0082
    Fax: 318-574-8816
  • Hermione House Museum
    315 Mulberry Street
    Tallulah, LA 71282
    Phone: 318-574-0082
  • Louisiana Historical Society
  • Louisiana Historical Association

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Madison, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Madison 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., Madison Parish, Louisiana p 292 (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Madison Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Louisiana, accessed 3 January 2020.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State