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Welcome to Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Unfortunately, there is a Jefferson Parish and a Jefferson Davis Parish in Louisiana which sometimes causes some confusion.  Jefferson Davis Parish was founded in 1912, when Governor L.E. Hall signed the Parish Division Bill, Imperial Calcasieu Parish was divided - separating Calcasieu and creating Jefferson Davis Parish.  The parish is named for the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.  The division of the parishes occurred following 16 years of altercation, but the bill was finally passed without dissent.  On October 12, 1912, Jennings was selected as the permanent parish seat.  In 1990, the parish had a population of 30,722.  With a water area of 6.3 square miles, and land area covering some 652.4 square miles;  the population averages out to approximately 47.1 people per square mile.  In addition to ancestors of the original French and Spanish settlers, the parish includes many Cajuns and African Americans as well as members of the Coushatta (Koasati) Indian tribe.




Connect to this page for a list of cemetery names and locations. You can also find cemetery records of many cemeteries on our Jefferson Davis Parish Archives page. Click the Archives "Connect" button below.


Jefferson Davis Parish Archives


This is our sister website which contains text records provided by volunteers who wish to share their ancestor research found in Jefferson Davis Paarish. Please visit their archives in your search for ancestors.


Louisiana GenWeb Archives


This is the state page for the parish collections of archived records. If you do not find what you are looking for on our LAGenWeb parish sites, you may find it here.