Vermilion Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

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Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Vermilion Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana, United States Genealogy
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Location of Louisiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 25, 1844
County Seat Abbeville
Courthouse
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Address 100 N State St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
About the Courthouse (Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court Website)
Website: vermilion.org
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Parish Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Vermilion River and Bay. The County has Abbeville as its seat and the County was created 1844. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1885 1914 1885 1885 1885 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]

Vermilion Parish Courthouse
100 N State Street
PO Box 790
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337.898.1992

Parish Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1885.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent Parish[edit | edit source]

  • 1844--Vermilion Parish was created 25 March 1844 from Lafayette Parish. Parish seat: Abbeville [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

About 1885 Courthouse suffered a total record loss.

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]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities


Neighboring Parishes or Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Vermilion, 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 Vermilion Parish cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,409
1860 4,324 26.8%
1870 4,528 4.7%
1880 8,728 92.8%
1890 14,234 63.1%
1900 20,705 45.5%
1910 26,390 27.5%
1920 26,482 0.3%
1930 33,684 27.2%
1940 37,750 12.1%
1950 36,929 −2.2%
1960 38,855 5.2%
1970 43,071 10.9%
1980 48,458 12.5%
1990 50,055 3.3%
2000 53,807 7.5%
2010 57,999 7.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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 Vermilion 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]

Jefferson Davis ParishAcadia ParishLafayette ParishIberia ParishCameron ParishLA VERMILION.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

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]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Vermilion 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 Vermilion 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

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.

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Vermillion Genealogical Society
    PO Box 117
    Abbeville, LA 70511-0117
  • Vermilion Historical Society
    PO Box 877
    Abbeville, LA 70511-0877
    Phone: 337-898-4114
    Website
  • Louisiana Historical Society
    Website
  • Louisiana Historical Association
    Website

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]

Wikipedia
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Vermilion Parish, Louisiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilion_Parish,_Louisiana."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vermilion 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., Vermillion 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, "Vermilion Parish, Louisiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilion_Parish,_Louisiana, accessed 8 January 2020.