Decrees of the High Court of Chancery, London, 1748-1881 added to the FIBIS database

Decrees of the High Court of Chancery, London, 1748-1881 have been added to the FIBIS database website.

The listing is of decrees made by the High Court of Chancery in London as reported on the official “ London Gazette”, available online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/ .

They occur when in litigation it was necessary to, mainly, call for creditors or legatees to make claims. The Gazette ‘s wording is usually “ pursuant to a decree”, occasionally “ whereas by a decree”, of the High Court of Chancery. The parties named in the “ cause” or case are often given to help finding them in the National Archives ‘ “ equity suits”, as explained in their leaflet “ Chancery Equity suits after 1558” http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/chancery-equity-from-1558.htm , which is essential reading when researching such litigation.

When trying to find them in the National Archives catalogue http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/search.asp (which will not always be successful) limit the search to the C class.

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