New York County Clerk’s Office Docket of Insolvent Assignments

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Two volumes are a docket of insolvent assignments filed in the offices of the clerk of the Supreme Court of Judicature (prior to July 1, 1847) and the clerk of the City and County of New York (starting July 1, 1847). Each docket entry includes the year, or year and date, of the assignment; the name of the insolvent debtor assigning his property for benefit of creditors; and infrequently, brief notes.
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Alphabetical by first letter of insolvent debtor’s surname, then chronological by year, or year and day, of assignment.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of one physical volume and one microfilmed volume of a twelve-volume sequence of insolvent assignments created by the court. The index includes a small amount of index data in a single line: year, month, day, and surname and forename of the insolvent debtor. Sometimes, the volume includes notes by the indexer. The later microfilm copies also include the date of filing of the insolvent assignment, and the date of discharge of same.

This run of volumes is assumed to index the Assignments of Judgments (1842–1876), in which the transfer of responsibility for the payment of a civil judgment from the original defendant to another party is recorded. Access to those records is made via the date of filing in this index, since the Assignments of Judgments are arranged in chronological order.

Few entries are present for the first ten years of the 1800s and only a few entries per letter appear for the 1700s. The earliest entries include only the year of the assignment, without the month and day. The index appears to have been created by the courts in 1840 or later.

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Access Restrictions

Use of fragile microfilm may be restricted.

Related Information

Related Publications

Inventory of New York County Clerk Court Records of Statewide Significance (New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration, 2016), section 5.24, pages 244-246; sections 11.13 and 11.14, page 432.

Custodial History

Volumes are certified by the New York County Clerk, October 7, 1887, as being copies of the "original docket of insolvent assignments."

Original register for the period 1840-1864 was microfilmed for the New York County Clerk's Office and subsequently destroyed.

Preferred Citation

L. 1887, Ch. 57

Acquistion Information

These records were transferred by the New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration in 2017.

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