The Resource Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)

Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1874-1928
Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
  • Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1874-1928 (bulk 1885-1926), 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 causes 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 (Bland County). Browse search: Bland County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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.
  • Bland County is said to have been named for Richard Bland, a leader of colonial Virginia's resistance to Great Britain in the 1760s and 1770s. It was formed from Giles, Wythe, and Tazewell Counties in 1861, and another part of Giles was added in 1900.
  • Many Bland County loose records were destroyed by fire in 1888. All volumes and part of the chancery papers were saved.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Bland County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
  • Bland County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Bland County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the Lost Records Localities Database found at the Library of Virginia web site.
Bland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, (electronic resource)
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Bland County
  • Digital images were generated by Crowley Micrographics through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • The Chancery Records Index and images for Bland County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arranged chronologically.
  • Local government records collection;
  • The Library of Virginia
Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Bland County Circuit Court
  • Crowley Micrographics
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
There are no restrictions.

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