The Resource 1868-1913
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- King William County (Va.) -- History
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | King William County
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | King William County
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | King William County
- King William County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | King William County
- Land records -- Virginia | King William County
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | King William County
- African Americans -- History
- Local government records -- Virginia | King William County
- Debt -- Virginia | King William County
- Equity. -- Virginia | King William County
- King William County (Va.)
- Judicial records -- Virginia | King William County
- Plats -- Virginia | King William County
- Deeds -- Virginia | King William County
- Wills -- Virginia | King William County
- King William County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1868-1913 (bulk 1885-1913), 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 (King William County). Browse search: King William 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.
- King William County was named for William III and was formed from King and Queen County in 1701. Its area is 285.7 square miles, and the county seat is King William.
- Most records were destroyed by a courthouse fire on 17 January 1885. Only a few order books and deed books exist.
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- King William County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional King William 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.
- Additional King William County Chancery Causes are found at the King William County Courthouse.
- King William County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional King William County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
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