The Resource Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes

Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1718-1938
Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Inclusive dates
  • Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1718-1938 (bulk 1718-1914), 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 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 (Norfolk County). Browse search: Norfolk County (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.
  • Norfolk County was formed from Lower Norfolk County in 1691. Now extinct, Norfolk County was incorporated into the city of Chesapeake in 1963.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Norfolk 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.
Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from city of Chesapeake under the accession number 41914
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
The Chancery Records Index for Norfolk County Chancery Causes and the chancery causes of other Virginia localities are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the following link -
Governing access note
Digital images of Norfolk County (Va.) Chancery Causes 1718-001 through 1887-041 are available on the Chancery Records Index. 1888-1913 Norfolk County chancery causes are closed for digital reformatting
Immediate source of acquisition
Chesapeake Circuit Court
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.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (289 boxes)

Library Locations

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