North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909 .
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|North Carolina, United States|
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|Location of North Carolina|
|Record Type||Supreme Court Cases|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search This 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 is comprised of images to case files from North Carolina State Supreme Court for the year 1800 to 1909. The cases are generally appeals of lower court decisions with each case usually covering multiple pages. The records are arranged chronologically and handwritten.
The Supreme Court of North Carolina originated with the State Constitution of 1776, which empowered the General Assembly to appoint "Judges of the Supreme Courts of Law and Equity" and "Judges of Admiralty." The appellate court was created in 1799. For additional information on the history of the North Carolina State Supreme Court, see the following on-line article:
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909.|
What Can This Collection Tell Me?
The case files usually include the following information:
- Date of case or filing with the court
- Names of interested parties and witnesses
Depending upon the type of case heard you may also find any of the following:
- Names of family members
- Names of neighbors
- Signature or mark
- Legal descriptions of land
- Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions or assessed by the courts
How Do I Search This Collection?
When searching the records it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual or individuals involved in the case.
- The approximate court date.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Year Range"
⇒ Select the "Box/Case Numbers" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909. Click on camera icon to see images.|
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor in the court records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age to calculate a birth date.
- Use the names, ages, residence, church, and census records.
- Use the information found to search land and probate records.
- Use the information found to search additional state and county records.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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
"North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Division of Archives and History. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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