England Quarter Session Records

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Quarter Session records started to be kept as early as the 13th century but most from the 16th century. These records dealt with the everyday man. Court was held four times a year. Anyone with a grievance could complain, no matter their social status. A rich variety of records exist, but not for all places and times. Among the records are:  
 
Quarter Session records started to be kept as early as the 13th century but most from the 16th century. These records dealt with the everyday man. Court was held four times a year. Anyone with a grievance could complain, no matter their social status. A rich variety of records exist, but not for all places and times. Among the records are:  
  
*Lists of names of justices present, bailiffs and high constables of Hundreds, and jurymen.<br>
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*Lists of names of justices present, bailiffs and high constables of Hundreds, and jurymen.<br>  
*Writs to the sheriff, to summon juries, officers, defendants and others.<br>
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*Writs to the sheriff, to summon juries, officers, defendants and others.<br>  
*Presentments and returns on a variety of matters (some with signatures).<br>
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*Presentments and returns on a variety of matters (some with signatures).<br>  
*Indictments (formal accusations), usually in legal Latin language.<br>
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*Indictments (formal accusations), usually in legal Latin language.<br>  
*Bonds (a monetary fee) to ensure defendants and witnesses appear at the trial and that they are orderly.<br>
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*Bonds (a monetary fee) to ensure defendants and witnesses appear at the trial and that they are orderly.<br>  
*Lists of prisoners, usually stating the offense and sometimes the sentence.<br>
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*Lists of prisoners, usually stating the offense and sometimes the sentence.<br>  
*Complaints, Certificates and Testimonials concerning a variety of matters.<br>
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*Complaints, Certificates and Testimonials concerning a variety of matters.<br>  
*Licenses granted to persons for a variety of occupations, such as a alehouse keeper.<br>
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*Licenses granted to persons for a variety of occupations, such as a alehouse keeper.<br>  
*Removal Orders for Paupers. They were "removed" from their current location to their home parish.<br>
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*Removal Orders for Paupers. They were "removed" from their current location to their home parish.<br>  
*Reports of Inspectors of Weights and Measures.<br>
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*Reports of Inspectors of Weights and Measures.<br>  
 
*Certificates of dissenters' meeting-houses
 
*Certificates of dissenters' meeting-houses
  
Records are housed in county or council offices in England. Few have been indexed but they are usually arranged by date. Some are on film in the Family HIstory Library. Search for your county of interest in the [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] for:<br>
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Records are housed in county or council offices in England. Few have been indexed but they are usually arranged by date. Some are on film in the Family History Library. Search for your county of interest in the [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] for:<br>  
  
 
ENGLAND - [NAME OF COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS.<br>
 
ENGLAND - [NAME OF COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS.<br>

Revision as of 14:55, 28 July 2009

Quarter Session records started to be kept as early as the 13th century but most from the 16th century. These records dealt with the everyday man. Court was held four times a year. Anyone with a grievance could complain, no matter their social status. A rich variety of records exist, but not for all places and times. Among the records are:

  • Lists of names of justices present, bailiffs and high constables of Hundreds, and jurymen.
  • Writs to the sheriff, to summon juries, officers, defendants and others.
  • Presentments and returns on a variety of matters (some with signatures).
  • Indictments (formal accusations), usually in legal Latin language.
  • Bonds (a monetary fee) to ensure defendants and witnesses appear at the trial and that they are orderly.
  • Lists of prisoners, usually stating the offense and sometimes the sentence.
  • Complaints, Certificates and Testimonials concerning a variety of matters.
  • Licenses granted to persons for a variety of occupations, such as a alehouse keeper.
  • Removal Orders for Paupers. They were "removed" from their current location to their home parish.
  • Reports of Inspectors of Weights and Measures.
  • Certificates of dissenters' meeting-houses

Records are housed in county or council offices in England. Few have been indexed but they are usually arranged by date. Some are on film in the Family History Library. Search for your county of interest in the Family History Library Catalog for:

ENGLAND - [NAME OF COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS.