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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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909.

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 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, 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. For example:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages, residence, church, and census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The information given varies from one record to another record.
  • 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • 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.

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Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing State Archives, Raleigh.


Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909.

 

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