Alabama, Jefferson County, Circuit Court Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 2 How to Use the Record
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- 5 Contributions to This Article
- 6 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
These records from the Jefferson County Circuit Court are loose papers pertaining to disputed estates and property. They also include some divorce records.
Citation for This Collection
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- Jefferson County Circuit Court. Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Files. Jefferson County Court House, Birmingham, Alabama.
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The records generally contain the following information:
- Names of interested parties
- Date of court proceeding or transaction
- Details of the case
- Amount of monies exchanged or paid
- Names of witnesses
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The place of residence
- The court date
- The names of interested individuals
Search the Collection
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select Jefferson County
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the date and locality to search for census and church records.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical groups also compile indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Contributions to This Article
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
“Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-24048-42481-59?cc=1548510&wc=MMMD-Q24:n1816862061: accessed 2 August 2012), Jefferson > Loose records box 8880, case 2048-box 8880, case 2080, case involving Viola De La Fayette vs. Charlie M. De La Fayette, 9 August 1897; citing Jefferson County Circuit Court. Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Files. Jefferson County Court House, Birmingham, Alabama.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.