List of Court Record Types

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Current revision as of 21:15, 30 June 2010

Researching Court Records

This article is part of a series.
Overview of Court Records
Court Procedures
Equity Cases
Probate
Divorce Actions
Types of Court Records
List of Court Record Types
Researching Court Records
Selected Proceedings and Courts
Justice of the Peace Courts
List of Useful Court References
Topics

This article originally appeared in "Court Records" by Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA, Loretto Dennis Szucs, FUGA, and Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

Record Type Bound Volume Filed Papers Loose Papers Case File
Indexes (alphabetical): Plaintiff
Defendant
Reverse
Every name
Dockets: calendar or waiting list of pending cases, in the order they will be considered by the court Civil
Criminal
Equity
Chancery
Estate
Orphans’
Guardian
Probate
Name change
Claims
Insolvents’
Bankruptcy
Divorce
Adoption
Lunacy
Reference
Execution
Appearance
Appeals
New actions
Minutes: descriptive entries of all actions taking place in the court process Journals
Register of actions
Appeal briefs
Orders: official record of all orders of the judge(s) Journals
Writs
Summons
Warrants
Subpoenae
Actions
Indictments
Presentments
Executions
Stays (demurrers)
Injunctions
Foreclosures
Attachments
Distraints
Jury lists
Judgments: final decisions, punishments, and awards made by the court Satisfied
Short
Equity
Decrees
Fines
Liens
Verdicts
Opinions
Decisions
Reports
Appeals
Bills of costs
Case files or packets: all original papers placed in the hands of the court during a court case Civil
Criminal
Equity
Estate
Orphans’
Probate
Chancery
Divorce
Adoption
Claims
Insolvents’
Lunacy
Bankruptcy
Appeals
Bonds
Depositions
Testimony
Declarations
Inventories
Documents
Exhibits
Receipts
Petitions
Affidavits
Pleas
Pleadings
Allegations
Complaints
Inquisitions
Examinations
Promissory notes
Letters
Appraisals
Arbitration reports
Personal tools