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St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
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St. Mary Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was St. Mary Parish, LA Created?
St. Mary Parish was established on April 17, 1811 from Attakapas Parish as one of the original 19 parishes. The parish was named for Saint Mary.

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

What counties are adjacent to St. Mary Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are Iberia ParishSt. Martin ParishAssumption ParishTerrebonne Parish.

What cities and towns are in St. Mary Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include Baldwin, Berwick, Franklin, Morgan City, Patterson.

St. Mary Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find St. Mary Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
St. Mary 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. Mary 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. Mary Parish, LA Census Records

What St. Mary Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for St. Mary Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

St. Mary Parish Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. St. Mary Parish Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Mary Parish Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Mary 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. Mary Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

St. Mary Parish Courthouse

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

  • St. Mary 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: 500 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Franklin, LA 70538
    • Phone: (337) 828-4100
    • Marriage Records: 1800
    • Land Records: 1800
    • Probate Records: 1800
    • Court Records: 1800
  • USGenWeb Archives for St. Mary Parish
  • BLM Land Records

St. Mary Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in St. Mary Parish, LA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to St. Mary 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. Mary Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

St. Mary Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

St. Mary Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

St. Mary Parish LA General and History Websites

St. Mary Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

St. Mary Parish LA Military Records