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St. Bernard Parish is located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its parish seat is Chalmette. The parish was created in 1807 and originated from one of the original 19 parishes. The name of the parish comes from Saint Bernard; presumably the patron saint of Bernardo de Galvez who granted land to the Canary Islanders who settled the area in 1778 while Louisiana was under Spanish rule The Parish was previously named Terre-aux-Boeuf, "Land of Oxen" because of large herds of bison that once inhabited the area. The links directory provides suggestions for a variety of websites to assist in your family history and genealogy research.