Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Nolan, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Court Records
Collection years 1881-1938
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images to 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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

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


Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The names of interested individuals.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The approximate date the court case occurred.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
  • Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Texas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Texas Archives and Libraries.


Citing 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:

"Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court. District Clerk Archives of Nolan County.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938.


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