The Resource These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Dinwiddie County under the accession number 40725 | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Dinwiddie County under the accession number 40725 | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours

Label
1932-1954
Inclusive dates
1932-1954
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Dinwiddie County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1932-1954, 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, 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
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
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.
  • Dinwiddie County was named for Robert Dinwiddie, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1751 to 1758. The county was formed from Prince George County in 1752.
  • The bulk of court records prior to 1865 were stolen, mutilated, and/or destroyed by Union troops who ransacked the courthouse during the last months of the Civil War. Post-1830 volumes such as deed books, will books, chancery order books, and marriage registers exist.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Dinwiddie County (Va.) Chancery Causes
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Dinwiddie 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.
  • Digital images of pre-1932 Dinwiddie County Chancery Causes are available on the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site.
  • Dinwiddie County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Dinwiddie County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Dinwiddie County under the accession number 40725 | This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Dinwiddie County under the accession number 40725
  • This collection is located at the State Record Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Arrangement
  • Arranged chronologically.
  • Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
The Chancery Records Index for Dinwiddie 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 -
Extent
14.85
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Dinwiddie County 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.
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001613186
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (33 boxes)

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