Kevin, I saw the Shasta page, too. they don't have any Adkins or Engles listed yet, but there are only a few messages there. someone will probably know about the California stuff though.
Claiborne Parish Louisiana is in the north central part of the state, bordering Arkansas. Thats why I was wondering why someone from New Orleans would go there! North Louisiana was/is primarily English/Protestant, whereas New Orleans is much more multi cultural, but primarily French/Spanish and Catholic.
You might want to go to a State of California site and look for "Departments" (or whatever they may be called there) for whichever one handles death certificates. If you cannot find it then go to the State of Louisiana page and look for death certificates. I think they have the addresses, costs, etc. for all states. Good luck in your search. Ed