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Access the records: Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926 .
This collection contains digital images of case files primarily regarding disputed estates and divorces. It covers the years 1820 to 1926.
For a list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The information found in this collection varies by court case. It may include any of the following:
- Names of interested parties
- Date of court proceeding or transaction
- Details of the case
- Amount of monies exchanged or paid
- Names of relatives, neighbors, or 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 the "Case File Number and Year Range" category which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image 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, 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, land and church records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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.
- 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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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926
Citation for This Collection
- Circuit Court. Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files. Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Missouri.
- This page was last modified on 18 June 2014, at 21:16.
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