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Record Description

This collection is comprised of images of 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:

Supreme Court of North Carolina

For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

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
  • Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Legal descriptions of land
  • Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions or assessed by the courts

How to Use the Record

When searching the records it is helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate court date
  • The name of the individual or individuals involved in the case
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, variant spellings of the surnames

Search the Collection

To search the collection,
⇒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 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.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

Next, 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 such as previous court cases, vital records, or land records. Add any new information to your records of each family. Keep in mind there can be variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Depending on the information you find in the case, you may find also try the following suggestions:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages, residence, church, and census records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment or other types of records such as military records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Raleigh.

 

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