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May 25, 2006

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Lisa Lights the Way

Civil and Criminal Court Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

The following article was written in the September 23, 2005 OneGreatFamily newsletter. Since Lisa is no longer writing for us, we are featuring some of our favorite articles written by her.

I jokingly tell my students that as genealogists we hope our ancestors were famous or infamous, and while this certainly makes them easier to find, most of our ancestors who were neither famous nor infamous will still show up in court records. In a twenty year period, a person shows up in court records an average of three times. However, these records are often overlooked because searching them can be a slow process. Not all of them have been indexed and it requires reading through the minutes to discover if your ancestor is mentioned.

There are several levels of courts in the United States: Federal, State, and County. As researchers, your main interest will be State and County records.

A few things to remember about these records:

  • From 1700-1840, Civil and Criminal records were combined.
  • When checking court records, check the defendant, plaintiff and criminal records. Don't shy away from early criminal records. In times past, many things were considered criminal - such as missing church and gossiping.
  • The Family History Library of the LDS Church has most court records on microfilm available for interlibrary loan at any one of the branch libraries.
  • Criminal records have two classifications - misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Civil records can include torts (a wrongful act for which damages may be sought), contract, and real property cases.

You need to learn about the court system in your county or state of interest. If the records are indexed, lucky you!! If they are not indexed, it will require more time and patience to search. Sometimes all you will find is that your ancestor served on a jury, etc., but other times you will be well rewarded for your search!

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