The Resource Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1859-1925
Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
  • Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1859-1925 (bulk 1878-1914), are indexed into the Chancery Records Index. Cases are identified by style of suit consisting of plaintiff and defendant names. Surnames of others involved in a suit, including secondary plaintiffs and defendants, witnesses, deponents and affiants, and family members with surnames different from the plaintiff or defendant are indexed. Chancery causes often involved the following: divisions of estates or land, disputes over wills, divorces, debt, and business disputes. Predominant documents found in chancery causes include bills (plaintiff's complaint), answers (defendant's response), decrees (court's decision), depositions, affidavits, correspondence, lists of heirs, deeds, wills, slave records, business records or vital statistics, among other items. Plats, if present, are noted, as are wills from localities with an incomplete record of wills or localities other than the one being indexed
  • Chancery cases are useful when researching local history, genealogical information, and land or estate divisions. They are a valuable source of local, state, social, and legal history and serve as a primary source for understanding a locality's history
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Alexandria). Browse search: Alexandria (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Chancery Causes are cases of equity. According to Black's Law Dictionary they are "administered according to fairness as contrasted with the strictly formulated rules of common law." A judge, not a jury, determines the outcome of the case.
  • Alexandria, in Fairfax and Arlington counties, was named for John Alexander, an early owner of the tract on the which the town was located. Alexandria was established in 1749. Its site had been known as Hunting Creek Warehouse and as Bellhaven. Alexandria was incorporated as a town in 1779 and in 1789, Alexandria was ceded to the District of Columbia. Formally accepted by Congress in 1801, Alexandria remained under a part of the District until 1847 when it reverted to Virginia. In 1852 Alexandria was incorporated as a city.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)
  • Digital images were generated by PTFS through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • The Chancery Records Index and images for Alexandria Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arranged chronologically.
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Organization method
Organized by case, of which each is assigned a unique index number comprised of the latest year found in case and a sequentially increasing 3-digit number assigned by the processor as cases for that year are found.
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images of Alexandria (Va.) Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia.

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