The Resource 1736-1952
- Inclusive dates
- Orange County (Va.)
- Debt -- Virginia | Orange County
- Deeds -- Virginia | Orange County
- Equity. -- Virginia | Orange County
- Local government records -- Virginia | Orange County
- Wills -- Virginia | Orange County
- Land records -- Virginia | Orange County
- African Americans -- History
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | Orange County
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | Orange County
- Judicial records -- Virginia | Orange County
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | Orange County
- Plats -- Virginia | Orange County
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | Orange County
- Orange County (Va.) -- History
- Orange County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | Orange County
- Orange County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1736-1952, 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. Entries also include the reel number and image number of where each chancery suit can be found on microfilm. 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 (Orange County). Browse search: Orange 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.
- Orange County was formed in 1734 from Spotsylvania County.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Orange County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional Orange 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 additional Virginia localities.
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