1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 26, 2021 11:51 AM by atccn

    Seeking Supreme Court of DC case files

    Laura Matthews Wayfarer

      Hi, I'm trying to learn more about a sad event in my family history.  They lived in Washington DC.  My uncle, Charles Thompson, was killed when he was a young boy.  We just learned that my grandfather, Sydney Thompson filed a suit against the man responsible.  I'm including a newspaper article from April, 1926 published in the Evening Star that mentions the case filing.  I see the records may be at the National Archives but I'm not sure how to access them.  I've tried reading but it's a bit overwhelming.  Any direction would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!Charles Thompson Case Filing

        • Re: Seeking Supreme Court of DC case files
          atccn Wayfarer

          The National Archives does indeed hold the records of the DC local courts, including the now-defunct Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Regrettably, they don't appear to be available online. This record series looks like it might contain what you're looking for: catalog.archives.gov/id/559838. There's an address there to write to for information about the records: they should be able to make a search and provide copies (for a fee). (NARA is still closed due to COVID, so you might not be able to get a response quickly.) By the way, I presume you've seen the articles in the Evening Star dated May 29 and June 2, 1925? They report about the auto accident and the coroner's report, respectively. Let us know if we may be of further assistance.