Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1927 .
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|Cole, Missouri, United States|
|Flag of Missouri|
|Location of Cole County, Missouri|
|Location of Missouri|
|Record Type||Court Case Files|
What is in the Collection?
This collection contains digital images of case files primarily regarding disputed estates and divorces. It covers the years 1820 to 1927.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1927.|
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 Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The place of residence
- The court date
- The names of interested individuals
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 "Case File Number and Year Range" category which takes you to the images.
Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.
If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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. 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?
- 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.
- "Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1927." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Circuit Court. Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.
|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 Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1927.|