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04 August 2009

The Unindexed Nature of Court Records

Until they are all digitized and indexed (which is years away from happening, if ever), court records are one of richest body of records that are difficult to access.

A court case may contain the names of several individuals, and yet is only indexed twice--once under the name of the first plaintiff and once under the name of the first defendant.

Because of this, it is imperative to search court indexes for all family members and read those cases that may involve and uncle or aunt. There is a chance that something is in there about your ancestor as well.

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