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Chancery Records Index


12 Years a Slave

The release of the film 12 Years a Slave had us talking here at Out of the Box. Discussions on slavery are a common occurrence at the Library of…
Bari Helms
December 4, 2013

Buying and Selling Servants

Two types of immigrants came to America without paying their own passage—indentured servants and redemptioners. Indentured servants would sign a contract, called an indenture, before…
Louise Jones
September 11, 2013

Stories of Surry Co.

The Surry County Chancery Causes, 1785-1922 (bulk 1806-1917), contain valuable biographical, genealogical, and historical information and document a broad spectrum of citizens of Surry County—rich and…
Bari Helms
September 6, 2013

The Lure

When creating a who’s who list of the early days of film, the list is dominated by men – Cecil B. De Mille, D. W.…
Joanne Porter
July 31, 2013

Don’t Bush My Stand

Interested in commercial fishing techniques used in Virginia’s Northern Neck around the turn of the 20th century? Take a look through the Northumberland County circuit…
Sam Walters
April 9, 2013