The Resource 1831-1913
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- Plats -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Local government records -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Land records -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Hanover County (Va.)
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Hanover County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Hanover County (Va.) -- History
- Business enterprises. -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Judicial records -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | Hanover County
- African Americans -- History
- Equity. -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Deeds -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Wills -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Debt -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | Hanover County
- Hanover County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1831-1913, 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 (Hanover County). Browse search: Hanover 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.
- Hanover County was named for King George I, who at the time of his accession to the English throne was elector of Hanover in Germany. The county was formed from New Kent County by an act passed in 1720 to take effect 1 May 1721.
- Most county court records, particularly deeds, wills, and marriage records, were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865, where they had been moved for safekeeping during the Civil War. The circuit court records were not moved to Richmond and were relatively unscathed. Consequently, there is a strong run of common law papers and chancery papers after 1831 that were generated by the circuit superior court of law and chancery and its successor, the circuit court.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Hanover County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional Hanover 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."
- Hanover County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Hanover County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
- See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.
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