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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy|Sumter County]]''
  
== Record Description ==
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|title=Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950
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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.
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===To Browse this Collection===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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|CID=CID1939212
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|title=Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950
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The records were created as a permanent copy of the court's proceedings.
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
 
 
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>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Circuit Court, Livingston.}}
 
 
 
[[Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
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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== Collection Content ==
 
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=== Sample Image ===
'''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>
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
'''For example:'''
 
 
 
*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.
 
*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.
 
 
 
'''Keep in mind:'''
 
  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.  
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Image:Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files 5053879 44.jpg|Court File
*Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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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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*The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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=== View the Images ===
*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.  
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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/1939212/waypoints Browse Page].
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Record Type, Date Range and Volume'''
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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.
  
*[http://www.courtreference.com/Alabama-Courts.htm Guide to Alabama Court Records]
 
*[http://localcourtrecords.com/Alabama/Sumter-County-Courts-&-Court-Records-in-AL.php Sumter County Court Records]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*[[Alabama History]]
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*[[Alabama Court Records]]
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*[[Sumter County, Alabama]]
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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.
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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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=192668&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Alabama%2C%20Sumter%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acourt FamilySearch Library Catalog] .
  
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== Citing this Collection  ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Circuit Court, Livingston.}}<br><br>
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''[[Alabama,_Sumter_County_Circuit_Court_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
"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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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Sumter, Alabama, United States
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Location of Sumter County, Alabama
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Record Description
Record Type Circuit Court Files
Collection years 1840-1950
FamilySearch Resources
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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.

To Browse this Collection

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


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 monies exchanged or paid
  • Names of witnesses

Collection Content

Sample Image

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
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume

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, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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.


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