The Resource 1804-1951
- Inclusive dates
- Chancery causes -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Plats -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Divorce suits -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Prince William County (Va.)
- Land subdivision -- Virginia | Prince William County
- African Americans -- History
- Local government records -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Estates (Law) -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Deeds -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Business enterprises -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Debt -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Equity. -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Prince William County (Va.) -- Genealogy
- Land records -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Wills -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Prince William County (Va.) -- History
- Judicial records -- Virginia | Prince William County
- Prince William County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1804-1951 (bulk 1831-1921), 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 (Prince William County). Browse search: Prince 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.
- Prince William County was named for William Augustus, duke of Cumberland and third son of George II. It was formed from Stafford and King George counties in 1730.
- Many pre-Civil War records were lost, destroyed, or stolen by Union troops in 1863 during the Civil War. Sixteen deed books and five will books are missing.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Prince William County (Va.) Chancery Causes
- Location of other archival material
- Additional Prince 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."
- Prince William County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Prince William 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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