Orleans Parish, Louisiana Genealogy Guide

Orleans Parish, Louisiana (Map It) was created 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 . Learn More About State of Louisiana History.

Orleans Parish is bordered by St. Tammany Parish (north), St. Bernard (southeast), Plaquemines Parish (southeast), and Jefferson Parish (southwest).

Orleans Parish Cities and Towns include New Orleans.

A Map of Orleans Parish, Louisiana contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Orleans Parish, Louisiana Courthouse Records

Orleans Parish, Louisiana Courthouse
Orleans Parish, LA Courthouse

The Orleans Parish Courthouse is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn More About State of Louisiana Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Orleans parish. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Orleans Parish Clerk of Court has Marriage Records from 1718, Land Records from 1832, Probate Records from 1805 and Court Records from 1805. The 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 Parish, Louisiana Census Records

Orleans Parish, Louisiana Vital Records

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