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Panama Canal Zone

Obtaining Records from the Now-Defunct Canal Zone District Court

Anyone may obtain copies of documents pertaining to court cases (including adoptions) by contacting:

Robert Ellis
Archivist, Judicial Records
Old Military and Civil Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC  20408
202/357-5381; 202-357-5937 (Fax)

For Canal Zone birth and death records, as well as marriage and divorce certificates, visit:

General information pertaining to the Canal Zone may be obtained by visiting the Panama Canal Zone Society web page at:

Historical articles on Canal Zone court records may be viewed at: