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Keep in mind that while barred claims traditionally contain less information than disallowed or approved, they can still provide important information.
For online images, use Ancestry or Fold3 to search for the name you seek. If you find it, follow through to its connected document images.
To use fiche, consult the "Barred Claims" section of the Descriptive Pamphlet (DP) for microfiche set M1407, Barred and Disallowed Case Files of the Southern Claims Commission, 1871-1880, to determine which fiche to use for the name you seek. The barred claims appear on pages 87-98 in the DP.
The barred claims are arranged on the fiche in alphabetical order by the name of the claimant. In its listing for the barred claims, the DP shows only the first name on each fiche so it does not give the range of names connected to that fiche number. Compare the first name listed for consecutive fiche to determine which has the range of names that will contain your person.
Locate the needed fiche and review the file. When pulling the fiche number from the drawer, check at the top of the first fiche to see how many fiche sheets apply to that fiche number. For example, "1 of 1" indicates there is only one fiche sheet for a specified fiche number. A listing of "1 of 2" indicates there are two fiche sheets for that fiche number and your person may be on the second fiche sheet.
Note: The fiche for barred claims are available in Special Collections as well as at other research facilities. Individual fiche may also be purchased from the National Archives and then viewed on a microfiche reader available to you at your library or elsewhere in your community.
Sometimes, a barred claim was later appealed, and the files from such an appeal can contain a great deal of information. An indication that a barred claim was appealed might be a single document following the claimant's file folder that says "Cong. No. ###" and/or possibly a notation such as "Rec'd sundry papers in above case" and signed by someone from the Court of Claims. "House of Representatives" may also appear as part of that notation.
Check U.S. Court of Claims Docket Cards for Congressional Case Files, ca. 1884-1943 (M2007) to see if it contains an index card for the claimant you are researching. Keep in mind that SCC claims were not the only claims taken before the Court of Claims. Therefore, the existence of an index card does not guarantee that the claim to which it refers was an SCC claim.
Appealed claims have not been microfilmed, nor have they been digitized as of March 2012. It is therefore necessary to contact the National Archives to determine if the documents for the appeal of a barred claim are still available as not all claims have survived.
When making your request, be sure to include in your message
and in turn ask for
Submitting a query about a barred SCC claim that was appealed
Option 1. Request price quote online from the national archives
Be sure to provide
Option 2. Mail a written price request to the following address:
National Archives and Records Administration
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Appeals can be quite lengthy, and because they were filed at a later date, they were sometimes filed by the heirs of the original claimant.