North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of civil court records filed in North Carolina counties between 1737 and 1970. Civil court actions include:

  • land ownership

  • unpaid debts

  • unfulfilled contracts

  • unperformed agreements

  • divorces

  • suits concerning dower

  • breach of contract

  • slander

  • slave manumissions

  • naturalizations

  • and legitimization of bastard children.

These records are in chronological order. There are indexes to some of them and there are dockets which can be used as an index to the actual court records.

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What Can I Learn from North Carolina Civil Court Records?


North Carolina court records may include:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Amount of monies exchanged or paid
  • Names of relatives, neighbors, or witnesses
  • Residences
  • Occupations



How Can Civil Marriage Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With North Carolina Court Records information you may be able to:

  • Use the date and locality to search for the family in census, land and church records
  • Use the information found to search for probate records
  • Use the information found to search additional state and county records





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