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This Collection will include records from 1840 to 1950.<br>
 
  
The collection consists of circuit court civil case files from the courthouse in Livingston, Alabama. The files include some records from the Chancery Court. The court cases include divorces and disputed estates. This collection is being published as images become available.
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
For a list of records and alphabetical list currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1939212/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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The collection consists of circuit court civil case files for the years 1840 to 1950 from the courthouse in Livingston, Alabama. The files include some records from the Chancery Court. The court cases include divorces and disputed estates. This collection is being published as images become available.  
  
Sumter County, Alabama, was created on Dec. 18, 1832 from the former Choctaw Indian territory. Court Records have been kept since 1840. The Circuit court has jurisdiction in cases of more than $5,000.00 but less than $15,000.00.  
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Sumter County, Alabama, was created on December 18, 1832 from the former Choctaw Indian territory. Court Records have been kept since 1840. The Circuit court has jurisdiction in cases of more than $5,000.00 but less than $15,000.00. The records were created as a permanent copy of the court's proceedings.  
  
The records were created as a permanent copy of the court's proceedings.
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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== Record Content  ==
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The records generally contain the following information:  
 
The records generally contain the following information:  
 
[[Image:Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files 5053879 44.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
 
*Names of interested parties  
 
*Names of interested parties  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How do I Search the Collection? ==
  
'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the “County” category<br>⇒ Select the “Record Type, Date Range and Volume” category which takes you to the images.<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
  
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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*Name
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*Identifying information such as approximate court date or residence
  
'''For example:'''  
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=== Search the Collection  ===
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'''To browse by image:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the “County” category<br> ⇒ Select the “Record Type, Date Range and Volume” category which takes you to the images<br>
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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=== What do I do Next?  ===
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the date and locality to search for census and church records.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.  
 
*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.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.  
 
*Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
 
*Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
  
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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=== What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Alabama, Sumter|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Alabama Archives and Libraries]] }}
  
 
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*[[Sumter County, Alabama]]
 
*[[Sumter County, Alabama]]
  
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== Citing this Collection  ==
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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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.
  
"Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1850," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 April 2012); Sumter &gt; Estate case files, ca. 1840-1950, Parker, Beulah C. – Ragland, John &gt; Image 1 of 1890, Buelah C. Parker , Case no. 640, 1874; citing Sumter County Clerk of the Courts, Livingston, Alabama.  
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of circuit court civil case files for the years 1840 to 1950 from the courthouse in Livingston, Alabama. The files include some records from the Chancery Court. The court cases include divorces and disputed estates. This collection is being published as images become available.

Sumter County, Alabama, was created on December 18, 1832 from the former Choctaw Indian territory. Court Records have been kept since 1840. The Circuit court has jurisdiction in cases of more than $5,000.00 but less than $15,000.00. The records were created as a permanent copy of the court's proceedings.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950.

Sample Images

The records generally contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Amount of monies exchanged or paid
  • Names of witnesses

How do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as approximate court date or residence

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the “County” category
⇒ Select the “Record Type, Date Range and Volume” category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What do I do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the date and locality to search for census 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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • 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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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, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Circuit Court, Livingston.

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, Sumter County Ci...it Court Files, 1840-1950.