Hi, I'm Kelly Suire (aka KjunKutie) and I have taken over responsibility for the Jeff Davis Parish GenWeb Project beginning November 01, 1998. The Jeff Davis Parish Archives are being maintained by Christine Guidry. Latest update January 4, 1999.
We need volunteers like yourself to roam the parish looking for information such as cemetary listings, census records, obituaries, marriages, birth records, death records, wills, successions, etc. to type up and send in to either myself or the archivist, Christine Guidry to be placed into the Jeff Davis Parish Archives. This information is available to the public via libraries, newspapers, courthouses, government archives, church archives, etc. The only way we can make this work is to help each other. Think of genealogy as a giant jigsaw puzzle where each of us has one piece, by itself it's only one piece. But together with all the other pieces it becomes a rich tapestry of history. Ask your local and parish library branches if they have that kind of information, I never would have found the genealogy section of the Jennings Public Library (in the basement) if I had never asked! If you subscribe to different magazines, quarterlies,etc. or have genealogical books that you no longer really use, then send that material into us or donate it to your local/parish library branch or to the Jennings Public Library so that others might share in your wealth of information. Thanx.
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 division of the parishes occurred following 16 years of altercation, but the bill was finally passed without dissent. The parish is named for the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. On October 12, 1912, Jennings was selected as the permanent parish seat. Today, the parish has a population of about 33,000. 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. Other towns in the parish include Lake Arthur, Welsh, Elton, and Fenton. Return to Page 1.
State Insect: Honeybee
State Bird: Brown Pelican
State Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog or Catahoula Hound
State Tree: Bald Cypress
State Nickname: Pelican State
State Songs: "Give Me Louisiana" and "You Are My Sunshine"
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