Alabama, Jefferson County, Circuit Court Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Alabama, Jefferson County, Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916 .
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|Jefferson, Alabama, United States|
|Flag of Alabama|
|Location of Jefferson County, Alabama|
|Location of Alabama|
|Record Type||Circuit Court Papers|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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. They also include 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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How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- Residence or date of the event
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use theinformation to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
- Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Alabama, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog .
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- 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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