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Hello, welcome to the Bienville Parish LAGenWeb Project. We are really glad you stopped by and hope that you find this website useful for your genealogical research.

 We would like to thank Ann Allen Geoghegan, Peggy Tebbetts and Martha Owen for all the their hard work they have done over the years on this site.

A new parish coordinator will be appointed and will be adding to and updating this website frequently, so please be sure to stop by often. We are always in the need of help in getting data on-line. If you'd be interested in helping, please let us know.

We may not be able to help with specific research questions, but should you have any questions or comments regarding the Bienville Parish Genealogy Project, please e-mail me.

Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, b. Feb. 23, 1680, d. Mar. 7, 1767, was a French-Canadian explorer and administrator who founded Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, La. The son of the Sieur de LONGUEUIL and the brother of the Sieur d'IBERVILLE, he earned military plaudits in the French naval campaigns against the English in the North Atlantic and Hudson Bay from 1695 to 1698. He took part in Iberville's expedition to the mouth of the Mississippi in 1698-99 and in 1700 explored up the Red River as far as Natchitoches. French control of the area was assured by alliances with the Indians.

Assuming command of the Louisiana colony in 1701, Bienville constructed (1702) a fort at 26-Mile Bluff on Mobile Bay; in 1710 the fort was moved to the present site of Mobile on the lower part of the bay. Superseded by the Sieur de CADILLAC in 1712, Bienville was restored (1717) to the governorship under the MISSISSIPPI SCHEME and founded New Orleans in 1718. The collapse of the Mississippi scheme and quarrels with other colonial administrators resulted in his recall in 1725. His reappointment in 1732 was greeted with rejoicing among the New Orleans settlers.

Indian wars occupied his time, however, and he never achieved the brilliance for which his supporters had hoped. He left Louisiana in 1743.

Bienville Parish, was named in honor of the
"Father of Louisiana",
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville

Known as a fair-minded man to those who admired him, Bienville was attacked unmercifully by his enemies. A key figure in the establishment of French dominion on the Gulf of Mexico, he is still regarded as the founding father of New Orleans.

Bienville Parish Map

Bienville Parish Mailing List

Hosted by RootsWeb and for anyone with a genealogical interest in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. To subscribe, send an email to: [email protected] with the word subscribe in the body of the email for mail mode. If you would prefer the digest mode, send your email to [email protected] with the word subscribe in the body of the message. To post to either list, please send your queries to: [email protected]

Bienville Parish Message Board

This board will allow you to post queries, bible entries, wills, etc. of your Bienville Parish ancestors. If you remember the previous boards, they have been combined into one for easier use.

1996-97 Posted Queries

1998 Posted Queries

1999 Posted Queries

How to Post a Good Query : Hints on how to post a query that will hopefully bring results.

Pictorial History of the town of Saline

Bruce Evans provided the pictures for the town of Saline from 1904-1945. These are definitely a treasure.... many thanks, Bruce!

Carol Crowell Hurley sent scanned pages from " Explorers and Travellers, Men of Achievement", by
General A.W. Greely, USA. Copyright dated 1894. Carol had rescued this book from the town dump in the recycle book trailer in New England.
Thank you Carol for sending the scanned pages down south!
To read these Scanned pages, click below.
Explorers and Travellers, Men of Achievement

"Genealogy" by Donna Sutton is a weekly column of genealogy with emphasis on Bienville Parish and surrounding area. Appears in the Bienville Democrat, Ringgold Progress and Arcadia Progress. Write to Donna Sutton, Rt. 1, Box 15A, Gibsland La. 71028

"Claiborne Parish Trails" is a quarterly published by J. and W. Enterprises, P.O. Box 17706, Shreveport La 71138-0706. Since Bienville Parish was not formed until 1848 from Claiborne Parish, this may be helpful with early records, queries etc. $14.00 yearly

Home of Lieut. Governor, Benjamin Wiley Pearce (1816-1870)
Read His Obituary
Submitted by Mike Miller

Online Here! The 1810 Census Images!

Originally, Bienville Parish was a part of the Territory of Orleans, then it was known as the Catholic Parish of St. Francis. In 1805 it became part of Natchitoches County which was changed to Natchitoches Parish in 1807. In 1828 old Natchitoches was divided and portions of it (including present Bienville Parish) became Claiborne Parish. In 1848 the lower part of Claiborne became Bienville Parish, it being named in honor of the  "Father of Louisiana", Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Bienville.
Legislative Act 183, creating Bienville Parish, was enacted during the administration of Governor Isaac Johnson.

1810 Census for Natchitoches Parish

1810 Census for the State of Louisiana

census 1850 Census, Bienville Parish Page Index.

This is the first census for Bienville Parish, which was created from Claiborne Parish in 1848. Prior to the 1850 census, you will have to research Claiborne Parish census of 1840.

The 1850 census is also the first United States census listing all members of a household by name and giving their place of birth. It also gives value in real estate, value in personal estate, year married, year in school, if able to read or write, enumeration date and remarks. All of the categories are not included here, as you will see. If you find your ancestor, please go to the original microfilm records for the rest of the information. This will also provide a chance to check the information you find here.

There is no 1860 census for Bienville Parish, which was either lost or destroyed.

Home Page of Arcadia, Louisiana.

The Parish Seat of Bienville Parish

Bienville Parish History
by Sharon O. Kleinpeter

Parish History: 1830-1890
History of Bienville Parish , Bienville Parish Louisiana Source:
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana

Old Parish Newspapers
BIENVILLE MESSENGER, Vol.1, No.1, Oct 21 1865
through Vol. 1 No.52,Oct 13 1866 Published in Sparta La.

Marriage Book A & B, 1849-1872
Sorted Aphabetically by Groom
Submitted by Art Lewis

Bienville Parish Cemeteries
Some of these are still under construction.

List of Bienville Parish Cemeteries
from Geographic Names Information System

Will Index: 1850 -1932
Submitted by
Jinks Pate Lee

USGenWeb Archives:
Bienville Parish

"Look Up"
Resources and Volunteers for Bienville Parish

Arcadia, La. Photo Album

Bonnie and Clyde
FBI Report on the Crimes of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde Festival

Bienville Parish Photo Album
Please submit your Family Photos for the Album

Home Pages of Bienville Parish
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  Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
The First Stop For Genealogists!
Louisiana Vital Records
NAIL: National Archives and Records Administration
Great for Native American Research
Abstract Printable Forms for Census Records Eastern States, General Land Office
(GLO) Records Automation web site.
Louisiana Roots-L   Deciphering Old Handwriting
Learn how to read the old records.
Other Louisiana Links 28th Louisiana Infantry
To Purchase 1850 Census Records
Louisiana Land Records Search Louisiana State Archives State Library of Louisiana
(Includes a guide to "Searching for your Louisiana Ancestors")
The Civil War in Louisiana Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture for Historical Louisiana

Social Security Death Index

Native American Resources
Excellent Page for Native American Research
Louisiana State Museum Historical Center



Click here to Check it out! Bienville Parish Resource Page! With Lots of information!

They have created "Cluster Pages" pertaining to 10,000 different surnames.

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