Alabama, Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a name index and images of claims by people seeking compensation for lost or destroyed property as a result of the US Civil War.

 

You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.

 

 

What Can I Learn from Court Records?

 

These records may contain: 

  • Name of claimant
  • Description and value of property
  • Date of incident
  • Details of incident
  • Witnesses’ names
  • Relationships
  • Place of incident
  • Residences
  • Document and recording dates
  • Occupations

 

 

How Can Court Records Help Me Find Other Records?

 

With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the information to find vital records such as birth, marriage and death
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records, such as employment or military records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for land, probate, and church records

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