Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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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.
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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
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