How to Get the Most Out of Your Ancestor's Court Records
Every detail in your ancestor's court records can provide a lead to another genealogy resource. Our example shows you how this can work.
The court document shown has a mix of legal boilerplate, family history details and hints to where you can look for more information. This bond, signed June 14, 1866, in Buncombe County, NC, was required after Davenport Baker died, so his widow Rachel could serve as guardian to her children. Every detail may produce another lead, for example: