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The Will Books for Orleans Parish courts include copies of all wills filed in Orleans Parish, 1805-1920. The will books comprise 39 bound volumes. Each volume is individually indexed at the front of each book. The will books were created in several courts including the Court of Probates (1805-1846), Second District Court (1846-1880) and Civil District Court (1880-1920). Volume 31, No. 11 is missing.  
 
The Will Books for Orleans Parish courts include copies of all wills filed in Orleans Parish, 1805-1920. The will books comprise 39 bound volumes. Each volume is individually indexed at the front of each book. The will books were created in several courts including the Court of Probates (1805-1846), Second District Court (1846-1880) and Civil District Court (1880-1920). Volume 31, No. 11 is missing.  
  
For a list of records by volume number and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2019728/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
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To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images<br>  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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=== Using the Information  ===
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
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*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
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*Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for another index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives. Probate records may contain a person’s death date, the names of family members, family relationships, and residences. Use this information to search for information in other records. You may learn about adoptions or guardianship of minor children and dependents. You may have to use probate records as a substitute for civil birth and death records because they exist for an earlier time period.  
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Record Description

The Will Books for Orleans Parish courts include copies of all wills filed in Orleans Parish, 1805-1920. The will books comprise 39 bound volumes. Each volume is individually indexed at the front of each book. The will books were created in several courts including the Court of Probates (1805-1846), Second District Court (1846-1880) and Civil District Court (1880-1920). Volume 31, No. 11 is missing.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books 1805-1920.

Record Content

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of deceased *Place of Birth
  • Name of spouse
  • Wife’s maiden name
  • Name of children
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Date of will *Occupation *Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as probate date and residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Related Websites

(http://nutrias.org/inv/probates/probias.htm Louisiana Court of Probates]

Related Wiki Articles

Louisiana Louisiana Probate Records

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing New Orleans Public Library, City Archives.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920.

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