St. Charles Parish

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A brief history of St. Charles Parish

In 1805, two years after the Louisiana Purchase, “Louisiana” only consisted of the current land west of the Mississippi River and the Isle of Orleans (the land on the east bank of the Mississippi River and south of Bayou Manchac). Our state was known as the Territory of Orleans and it’s governing body, the Legislative Council, divided the territory into twelve counties: Acadia, Attakapas, Concordia, German Coast, Iberville, Lafourche, Natchitoches, Opelousas, Orleans, Ouachita, Pointe-Coupée, and Rapides. German Coast County included the Catholic Church parishes of St. Charles Borromeo and St. John the Baptist, commonly called the first and second German Coasts.

On March 31, 1807 the Legislative Council of the Territory of Orleans redivided the original twelve counties into nineteen parishes, based on the ecclesiastical boundaries of the period of Spanish government.

At this point German Coast county was divided into St. Charles Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish. The courthouse was established on the west bank near Hahnville. The Territory of Orleans along with the West Florida Republic became the state of Louisiana in 1812. By 1861 the current boundaries of St. Charles Parish were in place.


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St. Charles Parish – Courthouse

St. Charles Parish Clerk of Court
Charles J. Oubre, Jr.

15045 River Road
P.O. Box 424
Hahnville, Louisiana 70057

(985) 783-6632 Phone
(985) 783-2005 Fax


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St. Charles Parish – Churches

By understanding the history of the Catholic Church in St. Charles Parish, tracing your genealogy can be rather easy.  This section will provide you with the information needed to research your St. Charles Parish ancestors.

Please note that Genealogical research for Catholic Sacramental Records can be found for 1718-1825 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records books which can be ordered from the Archives Department of the Archdiocese of New Orleans or found in most local libraries.  For periods 1826-1900 you must write to the Archdiocese Archives for information.  The procedure is listed on their website.  For records from 1900-current you must write to the individual churches below.  Please use P.O. Boxes where given for mailing purposes.  Each church establishes it’s own procedures for genealogical research.

In the near future this information will be updated to give specific holdings of each church and the records available for that parish.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
13396 Hwy 48 (River Road)
P.O. Box 428
Destrehan, Louisiana 70047-0428
(985) 764-6383

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
15169 Hwy 18 (River Road)
1 Rectory Lane
Hahnville, Louisiana 70057-2161
(985) 783-1199


Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
401 Spruce Street
P.O. Box 515
Norco, Louisiana 70079-0515
(985) 764-6503

St. Mark Catholic Church
10771 Hwy 18 (River Road)
P.O. Box 556
Ama, Louisiana 70031-0556
(504) 431-8505

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
234 Angus Drive
Luling, Louisiana
70070-4427
(985) 785-8885

St. Gertrude Catholic Church
17292 Old Hwy 90
P.O. Box 767
Des Allemands, Louisiana 70030-0767
(985) 758-7542

Holy Family Catholic Church
155 Holy Family Lane
Luling, Louisiana
70070-6103
(985) 785-8585

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
421 Hwy 306
P.O. Box 1498
Paradis, Louisiana
 70080-1498
(985) 758-2668


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St. Charles Parish – Libraries

HEADQUARTERS
105 Lakewood Drive
P O Box 949
Luling LA 70070-0975

985-785-8464
Fax:985-785-8499

E-Mail: admin.s1ch@pelican.state.lib.la.us
Mary desBordes, Director

E-MAIL: mdesbord@stcharles.lib.la.us
Margaret Wilhite, Assistant Director

E-MAIL: mwilhite@stcharles.lib.la.us

M-TH 9:00-8:00 p.m.
F,Sat 9:00-5:00 p.m.

EAST REGIONAL BRANCH

P.O. Box 759 – 100 River Oaks Drive
Destrehan, LA 70047
985-764-2366
M-TH 9:00-8:00 p.m.
F,Sat 9:00-5:00 p.m.


HAHNVILLE BRANCH

P.O. Box 444 – 14996 River Road, Ste. D
Hahnville, LA 70057
985-783-2341
M-F 8:30-4:30 p.m.


NORCO BRANCH

197 Good Hope Street
Norco LA 70079
985-764-6581
M-F 9:00-5:00 p.m.


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Plantations

Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan, Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Jay Schexnaydre – 2001

Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan, Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Coleen Perilloux Landry – 2013

Home Place Plantation
Hahnville, Louisiana
Photo Courtesy of Jay Schexnaydre – 2001

Home Place Plantation
Hahnville, Louisiana 
Photo Courtesy of Coleen Perilloux Landry – 2013

Ormond Plantation
New Sarpy, Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Jay Schexnaydre – 2001

Ormond Plantation
New Sarpy, Louisiana
Photo Courtesy of Coleen Perilloux Landry – 2013


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St. Charles Parish – Towns

Bayou Gauche

Des Allemands

Good Hope

Hahnville

Luling

Montz

Norco

St. Rose

Taft

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