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Record Description

The collection consists of images of civil court minutes and case files from Nolan County, Texas. Additional images will be published as they become available. The records cover the years 1881 to 1938.

Civil court actions contain a variety of records with information of genealogical and historical value. Civil suits were generally brought to settle questions of land ownership, unpaid debts, unfulfilled contracts, and unperformed agreements. Suits concerning dower, breach of contract, and slander were frequent. Divorces were included.

Civil cases were usually heard in the District Courts. District courts have county-wide jurisdiction over divorces, felonies, misdemeanors, probate appeals, and civil suits, as well as adoptions since 1931.

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

Record Content

The records generally contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Amount of money 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, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you Compare the information you find in the probate records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of 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, 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.

Related Websites

National Archives Southwest Regional Branch

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938

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 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.

"Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing District Court. District Clerk Archives of Nolan County.

 

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