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Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Court Case Files, 1846-1880  and Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880
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Orleans, Louisiana, 
United States
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Location of Orleans Parish, Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana
Record Description
Record Type Court Records
Collection years 1822-1880
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
New Orleans City Archives

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection includes civil case files from the Parish Court, 1822-1840; Commercial Court, 1839-1846, First Judicial District Court, 1839-1842; Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Judicial Court, 1846-1880 and the Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Courts, 1854-1880. This collection is being published as images become available.

Between 1846 and 1880, New Orleans had a system of nine numbered district courts. Despite their name, these district courts weren't divided by geographical location; each district covered the entire Orleans Parish. After 1853, however, each court handled civil mattersuits of a specific type:

  • First District Court -- Criminal Jurisdiction
  • Second District Court -- Probate Matters
  • Third District Court -- Family Matters
  • Fourth/Fifth District Court -- General Civil Jurisdiction
  • Sixth District Court -- Cases Pending in the City of Lafayette/General Civil Jurisdiction
  • Seventh District Court -- Possibly shared Family Matters with Third District Court
  • Eighth District Court -- Disputed Election Cases during the Reconstruction
  • Superior District Court -- Tax-related Cases

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Court Case Files, 1846-1880.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Death or recording date
  • Death or recording place
  • Name of administrator
  • Names of heirs or other family members
  • Witnesses
  • Guardians
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Property descriptions
  • Inventory of the estate

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a spouse or child

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Court Case Files, 1846-1880[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Court
  2. Select the Volume Title and Date Range to view the images.

Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select the Court
  2. Select the Volume Title and Date Range to view the images.

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