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17 January 2015

Did You Check All the Court Records?

In some locations in some time periods, there was more than one court that could hear cases. Counties may have had a probate court (that dealt with estate matters to settle up the affairs of the deceased), a civil court (which could have varying names and which usually dealt with court cases between private individuals), and a criminal court (which heard cases of a criminal nature--usually centering on a violation of state law).

It's hard to generalize court records in one tip, but make certain that if you're not familiar with the court records in a specific location that you find out from someone "in the know" what courts heard what types of cases during the time period in which you are interested.

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