Louisiana Notarial Records

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The Family History Library has over 2,500 microfilms of Louisiana notarial records, especially for the Parish of Orleans from 1730 to about 1910. These records are also called prothonotarial records.

The records contain marriage contracts, probate records, deeds, mortgages, acts of sale, emancipations, procurations, contracts, and partitions of property records. Most of these records deal with the French residents of New Orleans and their relatives. Pre-1769 records are in French. From 1769 to 1803 the records are in Spanish. From 1803 to 1830 most records are in French and sometimes English.

There are over 100 sets of records. They are arranged by date under the name of the notary. Indexes are available from 1771 to 1946, but there is no general single index. The majority of the original records are located at:

Orleans Parish Notarial Archives
Notarial Archives Research Center
1340 Poydras Street, Suite 360
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: 504-568-8577
FAX: 504-599-2443
Internet: http://www.notarialarchives.org/