Records of the Notary Public

NSU students and project staff are searching the records of New Orleans Notary Publics for records of the sales of enslaved people. Unlike in the rest of the United States, sales of enslaved people in Louisiana were registered with the county notaries public and are listed in the notarial records along with sales of land, mortgages, disputes, marriages, divorces and estate assessments. The records are available through the Orleans Parish Civil Clerk of Court and have been digitized and are available online through any FamilySearch Affiliate Library.