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Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about different research methods and different types of records, but I never really talked about court records and how they can be especially useful in genealogy. Quite a few people overlook the wealth of information in court records because they may associate court records with crime, but many court records deal with day to day issues, such as land and property conveyance, wills and estates, orphans and guardians, bastardy bonds and apprentice bonds as well as other common topics in genealogical research.
Many counties have a County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions as well as a county Superior Court and in some cases and Inferior Court. I spent some time in the Archives last week researching this topic in Franklin County Court of Pleas and Quarterly Sessions, which are often simply referred to as the County Court records. I looked at the records of March 1798 session to highlight a specific case that appeared in the county court minutes, the appearance docket, and the execution docket.
Instead of our usual “State Doc of the Week”, today we are featuring a federal document. Since the Government and Heritage Library also collects federal documents, this week we have an interesting and informative publication from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).
Now that traditional schools have begun and lessons have been assigned, Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is a wonderful site for students wanting to explore the political side of things. This resource can be utilized by educators, parents, and students K-12. It is customized to teach schoolchildren and their parents about our government and how it works. Included in Ben’s Guide is a link to the U.S. Government Bookstore where librarians, teachers, and parents can purchase new and best-selling educational books, posters, etc. with free shipping and no sales tax.
There is also a link to U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Access, http://bensguide.gpo.gov/aboutgpo.html a free service funded by the Federal Depository Library Program that provides free electronic access to products produced by the Federal Government. Ben provides web information for kids, http://bensguide.gpo.gov/pt/subject.html, access to federal government libraries and The Catalog to U.S. Government Publications (CGP), http://bensguide.gpo.gov/pt/libraries/index.html which provides a finding aid for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. Government. You can also order Ben’s Activity Book or download it in PDF format.
The Government and Heritage Library is a Selective library for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As part of the FDLP initiative, the GHL is mandated to provide free and public access to various federal publications across all North Carolina.