Source of the following is Southwest Louisiana Records by Rev. Donald J. Hebert, Volume 34 - Contents Described, page vii
The particular problem of missing records arose when certain churches suffered the loss of their records because of fires, etc. The area of Lake Charles in particular felt this loss as the fire of 1910 destroyed the civil records as well as the Catholic Church Records which dated back to the 1860s. The Lafayette Diocese, under whose jurisdiction Lake Charles belonged until 29 January 1980,did not begin microfilming church records until 1954. Therefore, the earliest records (1860s-1910) from Immaculate Conception Church have all been lost in the fire of 1910.
Write: The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, P. O. Box 1029, Lake Charles, LA 70602. All church records were destroyed in the fire of 1910. Records begin in 1910. Someone at the church may be able to give you a list of the funeral homes in the area. If nothing else, ask for a photocopy of the Yellow Pages that list Funeral homes and cemeteries in the area. By sending a contribution along with my request I have had good results.
Fr. Hebert died this year. You can view his obit. and Hebert Publications Catalog at
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