Check the Newspapers for Court Day

ulfertWhen you have finished analyzing the materials in a court case file, make note of the dates of any court action. Then search local newspapers for possible mention of the case. The court record may only give part of the story. What is in the newspaper may be unsubstantiated, but it may give you a different perspective than what was in the court record.

The 1892 illustration is from a lengthy newspaper account of a estate squabble from Adams County, Illinois. The newspaper’s rendition provided significant background that is not mentioned in the court records.