Alabama, Jefferson County, Circuit Court Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Jefferson, Alabama, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Court
Collection years 1870-1916
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes court records from 1870 to 1916. These records from the Jefferson County Circuit Court are loose papers pertaining to disputed estates and property. The collection includes some divorce records.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records include:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Place of residence
  • Names of witnesses

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Collection Citation

"Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Jefferson County Circuit Court, Birmingham.


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