Natchitoches Parish Louisiana

The Creole Heritage Center is testing out a new online searchable index for the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Courts French Colonial Documents. This index can be accessed by clicking on the French Colonial Records icon above.

This Index represents a computerized version of the hand-written listing of the Natchitoches Colonial Documents for the period 1732-1819. The current searchable file contains over 15,000 entries. Plans are to update the document with additional records as they are accumulated. Document references include Marriage contracts; sale of land; exchange of land; sale of slaves; Renunciation (rejection or abandonment); Manumission (emancipation of slaves); acknowledgement of partnership; consent to marriage; successions and inventories, just to name a few.

This resource was made possible by a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area. Representatives from the Clerk's office worked with staff members of the Center, the NSU Head Archivist, the Louisiana Regional Folklorist and NSU graduate assistants to provide the framework for a comprehensive, searchable and detailed index.

Search listing of French Colonial Records here. 

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