A Guide to the Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913) Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913) Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-001-1926-001

A Guide to the Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913)

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Chancery Records Index: Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-001-1926-001


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Chancery Records Index
Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-001-1926-001
Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913)
Physical Characteristics
Digital images
Charlottesville (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Patrons are to use digital images of Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes found on the Chancery Records Index available electronically at the website of the Library of Virginia.

Preferred Citation

Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913). (Cite style of suit and chancery index no.). Local Government Records Collection, Charlottesville (City) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Digital images were generated by Crowley Micrographics through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program.

Historical Information

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.

Charlottesville, in Albemarle County next hit, was named for Charlotte of previous hitMecklenburg next hit-Strelitz, the wife of King George III, and was established in 1762. The previous hitcounty next hit seat of Albemarle previous hitCounty, Charlottesville was incorporated as a town in 1801 and as a city in 1888.

Scope and Content

Charlottesville (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1889-1926 (bulk 1889-1913), 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.

Related Material

See the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site for the chancery records of other Virginia localities.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Charlottesville (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--History.
  • Business enterprises--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Debt--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Divorce suits--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Equity--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Estates (Law)--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Land subdivision--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Charlottesville(Va.)--Genealogy.
  • Charlottesville(Va.)--History.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Chancery causes--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Deeds--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Judicial records--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Land records--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Plats--Virginia--Charlottesville.
  • Wills--Virginia--Charlottesville.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Charlottesville(Va.)--Genealogy.
  • Charlottesville(Va.)--History.