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Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestor

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Court: United States

 

  • Ancestry Library Edition: Court, Governmental & Criminal Records

Search by name and keyword for records created in response to criminal offenses. Records include prisoner indexes, commutations, pardons, and executions. Collections include "U.S., Album of Criminals, 1906"; "U.S. Circuit Court Criminal Case Files, 1790-1871"; "North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909"; "U.S., F.B.I. Deceased Criminal Identification Files, 1971-1994"; and more. Ancestry Library Edition is only available in all Gaston County Public Library branches.

Court: North Carolina

 

  • Ancestry Library Edition: Court, Governmental & Criminal Records

Search by name and keyword for records created in response to criminal offenses. Records include prisoner indexes, commutations, pardons, and executions. Collections include "U.S., Album of Criminals, 1906"; "U.S. Circuit Court Criminal Case Files, 1790-1871"; "North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909"; "U.S., F.B.I. Deceased Criminal Identification Files, 1971-1994"; and more. Ancestry Library Edition is only available in all Gaston County Public Library  branches.

Court: Gaston County, NC

Microfilm copies of the following Gaston County Clerk of Superior Court records are in the North Carolina Collection at Gastonia Main Library:


The State Archives of North Carolina have the following records:

Gaston County Criminal Action Papers 1860-1910
Call Number: CR.040.326.1 - CR.040.326.32
MARS Id: 240.31.1 (Box)

Gaston County Appearance Docket, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions  1847-1868
Call Number: CR.040.303.1
MARS Id: 240.8.1 (Box)

Search the Discover Online Catalog for these records by call number.

 

Court: South Carolina

Prison

Executions

Asylums

Microfilm copies of the following Gaston County records are in the North Carolina Collection:

Gaston County Clerk of Superior Court
  • Index to lunacy & inebriety, 1963-1969;
  • Record of lunancy, 1899-1968 (vols. 1-10);

Court Martial

Military Personnel Records, SF-180. Use Standard Form 180 (SF-180) to request military service records. Records may contain copies of court martial documents.
Go to: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html

Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records includes the NATF forms that must be submitted for pension and military records. There is a fee.
Go to: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records.html

Series: Court Martial Case Files, 12/1800 - 10/1894.  Series contains some records online and is part of Record Group 153: Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), 1792 - 2010.
Go to: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/301659

Records of General Courts-martial and Courts of Inquiry of the Navy Department, 1799-1867. NARA Series M273. Information given in the records includes, when applicable; name of the sailor charged; his rating, ship or station, and other service information; the alleged offense; place and date of trial; and the sentence.
Go to: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/573135

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