Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Court Clerks throughout Orleans Parish. “Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books 1805-1920.” New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Record Content

Key genealogical facts 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

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.

Related Websites

Louisiana Court of Probates

Related Wiki Articles

Louisiana Louisiana Probate Records

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Citation Examples for a Record Found in a FamilySearch Historical Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata. When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to “Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection” in Heading style 3.