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St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
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St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was St. Bernard Parish, LA Created?
St. Bernard Parish was established on March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. The parish was named for Saint Bernard, who was presumably the patron saint of Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor who granted land to the Canary Islanders who settled the area in 1778 while Louisiana was under Spanish rule. .

What is the Parish Seat of St. Bernard Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in Chalmette and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to St. Bernard Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Lake Borgne, Mississippi River (south & west), Gulf of Mexico, Hancock County, MS (water border), Harrison County, MS (water border), Plaquemines ParishOrleans Parish (west & northwest).

What cities and towns are in St. Bernard Parish, LA?
There are no incorporated areas in St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find St. Bernard Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
St. Bernard Parish vital records can be found at the Louisiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records since July 1914. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Louisiana for current fees and application process.

You can search online for St. Bernard Parish BirthMarriageDivorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Louisiana Birth or Death Certificate Application to mail.

The Louisiana State Archives has Birth Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 100 years from the end of the current calendar year. It also has Death Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 50 years from the end of the current calendar year.

St. Bernard Parish, LA Census Records

What St. Bernard Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for St. Bernard Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

St. Bernard Parish Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. St. Bernard Parish Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Bernard Parish Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Bernard Parish Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Louisiana Census Records Research Guide

St. Bernard Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

St. Bernard Parish Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the St. Bernard Parish Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in St. Bernard Parish. The years listed below are the first noted records with this parish. See Also Louisiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • St. Bernard 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.
    • Address: 9061 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, Louisiana 70043
    • Phone: (504) 271-3434
    • Marriage Records: 1800s
    • Land Records: 1800s
    • Probate Records: 1800s
    • Court Records: 1800s
  • USGenWeb Archives for St. Bernard Parish
  • BLM Land Records

St. Bernard Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for St. Bernard Parish, LA?
A list of St. Bernard Parish Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Louisiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other St. Bernard Parish, LA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in St. Bernard Parish, LA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to St. Bernard Parish. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is merely a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

St. Bernard Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

St. Bernard Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

St. Bernard Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

St. Bernard Parish LA General and History Websites

St. Bernard Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

St. Bernard Parish LA Military Records