Legal and Court Records


Court records are usually researched after all other genealogical sources are exhausted. Court records can define family relationships and location of families. They provide descriptions of individuals, family histories, occupations, and legal matters that provide clues to ancestral lineage in the case where information is not listed in census records, primary vital documents, or city directories. Common civil court records used in genealogical research are divorce, probate, adoption, succession, conveyances, property taxes and voter’s registration. Criminal records also provide clues to genealogical research and includes records of lawsuits, property disputes, and malicious acts. Court records are often found in the parish/county courthouse in which the record was filed. 

Print sources:

There are many court records found in the Genealogy collection from various states within the Continental United States.  Some are indexes to court records found in courthouses, some are incomplete.  Please consult the library catalog using the keywords "court records" and "genealogy" to retrieve the lists of print court records in the collection.

Microfilm sources:

  • Records of Florida Parishes court records (record type and year varies).  
  • Records of select Louisiana Parishes (record type and year varies).  Parishes include: Bienville Parish, Iberville Parish, Jefferson Parish, Lafourche Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, Orleans Parish, Ouachita Parish, St. James Parish, St. Landry Parish, and St. Tammany Parish.

Online sources:

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