City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Orleans Parish Civil and Criminal Courts
Finding Aids, Inventories and Indexes
The City Archives houses, on deposit from the Civil District Court, all records of the Orleans Parish civil courts (1804-1926). The City Archives also holds the records of the Orleans Parish criminal courts (1830-1931).

Link here for a A Brief Explanation of the Orleans Parish Civil & Criminal Court System.

Indexing for most of the Orleans Parish civil courts is available either in published volumes or on microfilm. In addition, Louisiana Division/City Archives staff and volunteers have prepared indexes for several courts that came to the Archives with no extant indexing. These indexes are linked below. Additional indexes are in progress and will be added here as they are completed. Finding aids for the various courts not formally described below are also in progress.

Indexing for the Orleans Parish criminal courts is fragmentary prior to 1880 and after 1918. Finding aids for the criminal courts not formally described here are forthcoming.

Microfilmed court records are available for in-house use during regular hours. Unfilmed records (including civil court lawsuits and all criminal court records after 1853) may not be available on the day of request and can be used only by prior appointment or arrangement.

The records of the Court of Probates (1804-1846) and the Second District Court (1846-1880) have been digitized by FamilySearch.org and are (partially) available online. Docket books and extant indexing to those docket books for a number of the civil courts listed below have also been digitized. See the individual finding aids for further information.

For information or to make an appointment, call us at (504) 596-2610 or email us at iwainwright@neworleanspubliclibrary.org.


ORDERING COURT RECORDS BY MAIL
Before you order court records from us, please LINK HERE and read the instructions carefully.
Please also note that we
do not provide mail reference service in the criminal court records.
Criminal court records are available for in-house use only, by appointment.


ORLEANS PARISH CIVIL COURTS

Digging Up Roots in the Mud Files
Our explanation of the Orleans Parish civil court system and the records' usefulness for family history research

Notes on Miscellaneous Orleans Parish Court Records

Estate inventories of Orleans Parish Civil Courts, 1803-1877

Louisiana. Court of Pleas (New Orleans)
Index to Minute Book, 1804

Territory of Orleans. Superior Court
Index to suit records, 1804-1813
Suit record, Winter & Harman vs. Murray & Wheaton & others (#3134), 1811 (Sample record)

Territory of Orleans. County Court (Orleans)
Civil Suit Records, 1804-1807
Index to Civil Suits, 1804-1807

Lousiana. Court of Probates (Orleans Parish)
General Index of All Successions . . ., 1805-1846
Index to Suit Records, Numbered Series, 1823-1845

Louisiana. City Court (New Orleans)
Suit records, 1807-1813 (Go directly to the Index).
Index to Insolvents' Docket, 1807-1813
Bonds of Priests and Ministers and Marriage Licenses, 1807-1808

Louisiana. Parish Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1813-1846.
Index to suit records, 1813-1835
Index to slave emancipation petitions, 1814-1843

Louisiana. First Judicial District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1813-1846.
Index to suit records, 1813-1846
Habeas Corpus Records, 1831-1846.

Lousiana. Commercial Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1839-1846
Suits relating to the slave mutiny aboard the brig Creole, 1841

Louisiana. First, Third, Fourth & Fifth District Courts (Orleans Parish)
Index to Successions, 1846-1853

Louisiana. Second District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1846-1880
General Index of All Successions . . ., 1846-1880
Recordation of Marriages, May 12, 1879 to April 12, 1880

Louisiana. Third District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1846-1880

Louisiana. Fourth District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1846-1880

Louisiana. Fifth District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1846-1880

Louisiana. Sixth District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1853-1880

Louisiana. Seventh District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1868-1872

Louisiana. Eighth District Court (Orleans Parish)
Records, 1870-1872

Louisiana. Civil District Court (Orleans Parish)
General Index of All Successions . . ., 1880-1903
Index to death records in the Employers' Liability Agreements, 1915-1944
Enumeration of Ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Solders, 1911
Suit record: #72,027--M. & J. Macheca vs. John Diassellis (1903)
Suit record: #77,165--Julius G. Stendel vs. Longshoremen's Protective Union Benevolent Association (1905)
Suit record: #107,982--Mrs. August Lafon vs United Firemen's Insurance Company (1914)
Suit record: #108,212--Chester F. Knoll et als vs John B. Levert et als (1914)
#138,342--John A. Wogan vs. New Orleans Railway and Light Co., et al. (1921)

ORLEANS PARISH CRIMINAL COURTS

Please note:   The criminal court records are available for in-house use only, by appointment.

Inventory of Criminal Court Records in the City Archives, 1830-1932

Territory of Orleans. County Court (Orleans)/City Court (New Orleans)
Criminal Cases Tried by Orleans County Court (1805-1807) and City Court (1807-1812)
Inventory of Criminal Cases Tried by Orleans County Court (1805-1807) and City Court (1807-1812)

Miscellaneous Criminal Courts in New Orleans
Partial index to case files, 1846-1920

Louisiana. First District Court/Criminal District Court (Orleans Parish)
Naturalization Records, 1853-1899

Louisiana. First District Court (Orleans Parish)
State vs. Garcia (fwc), 1861

Louisiana. Superior Criminal Court for the parish of Orleans
Case records, 1874-1880

Louisiana. Second Judicial District Court (Sixth and Seventh Municipal Districts of New Orleans)
Criminal Series, 1876-1880
Inventory of Criminal Cases, 1876-1889

Louisiana. Criminal District Court (Orleans Parish)
Defendants Index, 1880-1918
Cases appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1884-1960.

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Updated 2/18/2014