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The Brantley Association of American organized a volunteer effort called “The Southampton Project” to digitize and create indexes for the entire collection of Southampton County courthouse records. This free website includes images and indexes to Court Order Books, 1749 – 1881; Court Minute Books, 1749 – 1861; Marriage Records, 1750 – 1890; Deed Books, 1749 – 1881; Will Books, 1749 – 1881; and Miscellaneous Books.

I scrolled down the list of courthouse records and randomly selected Southampton County, Virginia, Marriage Book 6, 1886 – 1890.  I clicked on “View” to get to the index i.e. the list of names in that volume. The 14-page index downloaded quickly. A note on the first page stated “African persons are identified by (+) sign.” I found three names: Jacob Sugars, Eveline Sugars, and Pattie Sugars on page 11. Each entry included a (+) sign; each name was followed by the number “249.”

I returned to the list of courthouse records, scrolled to Marriage Book 6, and clicked on “View” to look at the gallery of images. The first page of the gallery displayed about 100 images. I clicked “Next” at the top of the page until I got to “Page 3 of 6.” I found the image for “Pg 249” on that page and clicked on the icon. The document included more information about Jacob Sugars and his family in “Marriage License, John Henry Branch & Pattie Sugars, 19 December 1887.” The top half of the marriage license is to the right. Follow these steps to see the entire document.

Tip: I wasn’t sure if the year was “1887” or 1889″ so I looked at marriage licenses before and after the Branch-Sugars document and determined the year was “1887.”

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