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Orleans Parish, Louisiana
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Orleans Parish, Louisiana Facts

When was Orleans Parish, LA Created?
Orleans Parish was established on March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. (originally created on April 10, 1805 as Orleans County, Louisana Territory as one of the original 12 counties, coterminous with the City of New Orleans). The parish was named for the Duke of Orléans, the regent of France .

What is the Parish Seat of Orleans Parish, LA?
The Parish Seat is located in New Orleans (founded about 1718) and the parish government website is

What counties are adjacent to Orleans Parish, LA?
Bordering Parishes are St. Tammany ParishSt. BernardPlaquemines Parish, and Jefferson Parish.

What cities and towns are in Orleans Parish, LA?
Cities and towns located in the Parish include New Orleans.

Orleans Parish, LA Vital Records

Where can find Orleans Parish Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Orleans Parish vital records can be found at the Louisiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records since July 1914. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Louisiana for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Orleans Parish BirthMarriageDivorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Louisiana Birth or Death Certificate Application to mail.

The Louisiana State Archives has Birth Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 100 years from the end of the current calendar year. It also has Death Records that occurred in Louisiana more than 50 years from the end of the current calendar year.

Orleans Parish, LA Census Records

What Orleans Parish, LA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Orleans Parish guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Orleans Parish Slave Schedules can be found for 1850 & 1860. Orleans Parish Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orleans Parish Industry and Agriculture can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orleans Parish Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Louisiana Census Records Research Guide

Orleans Parish, LA Courthouse and Government Records

Orleans Parish Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Orleans Parish Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Orleans Parish. The years listed below are the first noted records with this parish. See Also Louisiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Orleans Parish Clerk of Court performs the functions of more than one office. As the Recorder, the office of the Clerk of Court receives, files, records and indexes all mortgages, conveyances and all other instruments recorded in the Public Records for the Parish. The Clerk’s Office receives and files all pleadings, such as petitions, answers, motions and other filings in Civil and Probate matters, as well as indictments, bills of information and other filings in Criminal matters. Another function of the Clerk’s Office is the issuance of Marriage Licenses and recording their returns after the marriages are performed.
    • Orleans – Civil District: 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402, New Orleans, LA 70112; (504) 592-9100
    • Orleans – Criminal District: 2700 Tulane Avenue, Room 114, New Orleans, LA 70119; Phone: (504) 658-9000
    • Orleans – 1st City Court: 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 201, New Orleans, LA 70112; (504) 592-9155
    • Orleans – 2nd City Court: 225 Morgan Street, Room 206, New Orleans, LA 70114; (504) 368-4245
    • Marriage Records: 1718
    • Land Records: 1832
    • Probate Records: 1805
    • Court Records: 1805
  • Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880
  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846
  • Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880
  • USGenWeb Archives for Orleans Parish
  • BLM Land Records

Orleans Parish, LA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Orleans Parish, LA?
A list of Orleans Parish Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Louisiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Orleans Parish, LA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Orleans Parish, LA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Orleans Parish. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is merely a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Orleans Parish LA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Orleans Parish LA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Orleans Parish LA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Orleans Parish LA General and History Websites

Orleans Parish LA Immigration & Naturalization

Orleans Parish LA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Orleans Parish LA Military Records

Orleans Parish LA Schools & Directories