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the Library of Virginia
Collection Numbers: Barcode numbers 1165048-1165180, 1183030-1183043, 1183190-1183192/Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428
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Processed by: Field processors and Sherri Bagley
There are no restrictions.
Use microfilm copies, Lunenburg County (Va.) Reels 45-375, 414-428.
Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921. (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local government records collection, Lunenburg County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Lunenburg County under the accession number 41941.
Microfilm reels were generated by County Recording and Reproduction and OCLC through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program.
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.
Lunenburg County was named for George II, duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, a German possession of the Hanoverian kings of England. It was formed from Brunswick County in 1745.
Lunenburg County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1743-1921, 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. 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.
Organized by case, of which each is assigned a unique index number comprised of the latest year found in case and a sequentially increasing 3-digit number assigned by the processor as cases for that year are found. Arranged chronologically.
Arrangement of documents within each folder are as follows: Bill, Answer, and Final Decree (if found.)
Additional Lunenburg County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia. See A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm
See The Chancery Records Index to search for chancery suits of additional Virginia localities.
- Lunenburg County (Va.) Circuit Court.
- African Americans--History.
- Business enterprises--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Debt--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Divorce suits--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Equity--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Estates (Law)--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Land subdivision--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Lunenburg County (Va.)--Genealogy.
- Lunenburg County (Va.)--History.
- Chancery causes--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Deeds--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Judicial records--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Land records--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Local government records--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Plats--Virginia--Lunenburg County.
- Wills--Virginia--Lunenburg County.