St. Landry Parish is fortunate to have archival records dating back to the early 1800s and welcomes visitors to search for ancestry through several resources open to the public.
Louisiana is the only state to have parishes rather counties because it was officially Roman Catholic under both France and Spain’s rule. These land territories coincided with church parishes until 1807. At that time, the legislature adopted the ecclesiastical term.
The Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society has an active membership that meets monthly with periodic workshops and seminars. The public is invited to attend. Members are happy to assist with research that may answer some of your family’s questions about roots of origin.
Other public resources include:
St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court
118 S. Court St., Suite 109, Opelousas
337.942.5606 ext 145 | Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Opelousas-Eunice Public Library
212 E. Grolee St., Opelousas
337.948.3693 | Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm | Sat 8am-5pm
Visit www.la-cemeteries.com to find cemeteries in St. Landry Parish. Here are just a few.
- Jesuit Cemetery – Grand Coteau
- St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery – Opelousas
- Myrtle Grove Cemetery – Opelousas
- Cedar Hill Cemetery – Washington
- Hebrew Rest Cemetery – Washington
On the first and second weekends of October, St. Landry Catholic Church conducts Cemetery Tours in order to help preserve the gravesites. Plan your trip to see some of the parish’s “older” residents come to life and tell their story through reenactments.