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Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950
This article describes a collection of records at
Sumter, Alabama, 
United States
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Location of Sumter County, Alabama
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type Court
Collection years 1840-1950
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Sumter County Clerk of the Courts, Livingston

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of circuit court civil case files for the years 1840 to 1950 from the courthouse in Livingston, Alabama. The files include some records from the Chancery Court. The court cases include divorces and disputed estates. This collection is being published as images become available.

Sumter County, Alabama, was created on December 18, 1832 from the former Choctaw Indian territory. Court Records have been kept since 1840. The Circuit court has jurisdiction in cases of more than $5,000.00 but less than $15,000.00. The records were created as a permanent copy of the court's proceedings.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • The names of interested parties
  • The date of the court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • The amount of monies exchanged or paid
  • The names of witnesses

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
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  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.

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