The legal jurisdiction for ancestors and events is critical in finding records needed for genealogy. Not only have the borders changed over time, but more commonly for various reasons people move to and/or conduct "business" in other jurisdictions and sometimes back again.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM at the OWASA Community Center, 400 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, OR ONLINE via Zoom, to hear Diane L. Richard present “Crimes Across Multiple Jurisdictions: Meet the Abbott Brothers”.
Let’s meet the four Abbott brothers, responsible for a one-family 18th-century crime spree. They did not limit their nefarious activities to their birth/resident county and are documented in records across the North Carolina piedmont and up into Virginia. We’ll pursue their activities through Pleas and Quarter Court Minutes, Superior Court Minutes, the Supreme Court, Federal Court, Treasurer and Comptroller Records, General Assembly records, and more, including Wake, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Granville, the Hillsborough Superior Court District, and over the state line in Virginia. These boys got around and are documented in both civil and criminal actions. A timeline and symbols help us navigate who did what, where, and when to remind us of the disparate places where we can learn about the court’s activities even when the primary records are no longer extant or changes to jurisdiction occur.