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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Madison County, Alabama Genealogy|Madison County]]''
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|title=Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968
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== Record Description ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
This is a collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1847 to 1950, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.
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This is a collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1829-1968, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage
 
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For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1978142/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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|title=Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968
 
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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Madison County Circuit Court. Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records. Records of Divorces and Disputed Estates. Madison County Courthouse, Huntsville, Alabama.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
 
 
[[Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:Alabama, Madison County Probate Estate Files DGS 5081526 18.jpg|thumb|right|Probate Records]]
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'''Information''' may differ between court files and may include any of the following:  
 
 
The key genealogical facts differ between court files and may include any of the following:  
 
  
 
*Name of interested parties  
 
*Name of interested parties  
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*Occupations
 
*Occupations
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
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Click on image for a larger view.     
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To begin your search, it is helpful to know:  
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the individual
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*Residence or date of the event
  
*The names of the principle parties
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=== View the Images ===
*The approximate date of the event
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1978142/waypoints Browse Page].
*The case file number
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# Select '''Year'''
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# Select '''Case Number and Plaintiff versus Defendant '''
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
To search the collection follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record"'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record Type, Volume, and Year Range"'' category which takes you to the images.
 
  
Look at the images one by one 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.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===  
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*Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
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*Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
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*Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
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:  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*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.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*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. 
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*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. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Alabama, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=192585&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Alabama%2C%20Madison%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acourt FamilySearch Library Catalog] .
  
*Use the records to identify heirs and relatives.
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== Citing This Collection  ==
*Use the information to approximate birth and death dates.
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records, such as employment or military records.
 
*Use the residences to locate other records such as vital records, census, church, and land records.
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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. <br><br> '''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records 1829-1968." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Madison County Record Center, Huntsville.}}<br><br>
  
*[http://madison-co.com/elected_offices/chancery_clerk/index.php Chancery Clerk Website]
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*[http://www.carolyar.com/ALWills.html Alabama Wills]
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
“Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circiut Court Records, 1947-1950,” images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 April 2012), Chancery Court Records &gt; Case files no 386-391 1842-1853 &gt; Image 60 of 1001, Nancy McDavid, died 1852; citing Madison County Circuit Court Clerk, Huntsville, Alabama.
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Record Type Chancery and Circuit Court Records
Collection years 1829-1968
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What Is in the Collection?

This is a collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1829-1968, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage .

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information may differ between court files and may include any of the following:

  • Name of interested parties
  • Associated event dates such as marriage, divorce, death. or probate
  • Names of relatives and heirs such as spouse, minor children, and dependents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of court
  • Type of event
  • Date of court hearing
  • Residences
  • Lists or property disputed
  • Document and recording dates
  • Occupations

Collection Content

Sample Image

Click on image for a larger view.

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • Residence or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Year
  2. Select Case Number and Plaintiff versus Defendant

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


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

What Do I Do Next?

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 Alabama, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog .

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:

"Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records 1829-1968." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Madison County Record Center, Huntsville.

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 Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968.


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