Dale Atkins And Land Records Division To Host First Tour Celebrating American Archives Month

NEW ORLEANS – Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins and the Land Records Division will host their first free public tour celebrating American Archives Month on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Notarial Archives Research Center, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

         New Orleans has one of the richest land records archives in the nation, with original documents dating back to 1735, reflecting its history as a French and Spanish colony. Each day, Notarial Archives Division staff assists the public in using the collection for legal, architectural, historical, and genealogical research.

         Tours will also be offered on October 15 and 29. 

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         Tours are free and open to the public but since space is limited, participants must register in advance.

         The Notarial Archives Research Center provides a safe location and supervised access to historical records created by civil law notaries and the public. The records are arranged as created by notary, and then by date. Acts created prior to the Louisiana Purchase (1803) are in French or Spanish. After the Louisiana Purchase, many 19th century records continued to be written in French. Later in the 19th century, English replaced French as the popular language of choice.

         Useful research tools in the archive include indexes of family records, 1770-1840, created by genealogist Charles R. Maduell, Jr.; a building-contract index, 1767-1970, created by Samuel Wilson, Jr. and Robert J. Cangelosi, Jr.; plan book and attached-plans indices, and a corporate-charter index, 1852-1904. 

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         In addition to textual records, the Research Center houses thousands of watercolor architectural drawings of 19th century properties known as Plan Book plans; copies are available for public purchase.

         Also at the Research Center are 19th century city directories, a reference library, and free scans of E.A. Robinson’s Atlas of the City of New Orleans and Environs.

         For more information

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