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Register's minutes of decrees

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of copies of decrees and special orders issued by the Chancellor. The decrees include those appointing court officers, establishing court rules, and providing relief to petitioners and complainants. Information includes names of complainant, petitioner or applicant and defendant, date the decree was issued, and particulars of the case. Special orders generally include the name of the requester; the reason for issuing the order; the substance of the order; and occasionally the particulars of the case.
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Quantity:
10 cu. ft. (28 volumes) (17 microfilm reels)
Inclusive Dates:
1830-1847
Series Number:
J0049

Arrangement

Rough chronological order by date of issuance.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of copies of decrees and special orders (orders made on special application to the court) issued by the Chancellor.

The decrees in this series include those appointing court officers, establishing court rules, and providing relief to petitioners and complainants. Court rules required that all of the Chancellor's decrees be entered in separate books maintained by the Register. After 1840 decrees involving mortgage foreclosures that previously had been entered in this series were recorded in Register's Minutes of Foreclosure Decrees. The headings of the decrees and special orders contain the names of the complainant or petitioner or applicant and the defendant as well as the date the decree was issued. The main body of a decree generally contains the following information: what counties the parties resided in; the names of their solicitors; the name and findings of the Master handling the case; the particulars of the case, (i.e., amount of money involved, date and nature of actions taken in the case, description of property involved, and whether and from where a case was appealed; and the Chancellor's disposition of the case. The information in a special order generally includes the name of the party requesting the order; the reason for issuing the order; the substance of the order; and occasionally the particulars of the case.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J1049, Register's Minutes of Foreclosure Decrees, contains decrees involving foreclosures after 1840 that had previously been entered in this series. Series J0063, Chancellor's enrolled decrees after 1800

Series J0089, Chancellor's draft decrees and orders

Series J0051, Register's docket of decrees

Series J0057, In re papers

Series J0070, Chancery papers

and Series J0087, Miscellaneous files, contain related records.

Other finding aids

Alphabetical index by last name of complainant or petitioner in each volume.

Custodial History

The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1982.

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