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Label
1844-1932
Inclusive dates
1844-1932
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Dinwiddie County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1844-1932, 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
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Dinwidddie County). Browse search: Dinwiddie County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Dinwiddie County was named for Robert Dinwiddie, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1751 to 1758, and 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.
  • 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.
Cataloging source
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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.
  • 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
(electronic resource)
Link
http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Dinwiddie County under the accession number 40725
  • Digital images were generated by PTFS through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
  • The Chancery Records Index and images for Dinwiddie County Chancery Causes are available electronically at the web site of the Library of Virginia by clicking the link found in this record
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Dinwiddie County Circuit Court
  • PTFS
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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001566353
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.

Library Locations

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