The Parish of Acadia was created in the year 1887 and the Clerk of Court has every record filed since the creation of the Parish. These records are kept in the Acadia Parish Courthouse. The Clerk of Court's office maintains confirmation records of old Spanish grants to the first Acadian settlers. The United States government later recognized these grants. The office maintains all records of marriages, wills, land, civil and criminal law suits and the settlement thereof. In addition, the Clerk of Court's office handles all elections in the Parish, issues marriage licenses, passports and mortgage certificates and serves as record keeper for the court system. All salaries and running expenses of the office are paid out of the fees, as fixed by statute, collected for recordings, certified copies and services rendered in connection with civil probate and criminal proceedings. Acadia Parish Clerk of Court is located in Crowley, La.