Superior Court: Recognizor Registers, 1922-1986

RECORD GROUP: Clerk of the Court
RECORD SERIES #: 7800
SERIES: Recognizor Registers
DATES: 1922-1986
VOLUME: 10 volumes or 3 reels microfilm

Recognizor indexes contain references to recognizances by recognizors whose last name begins with the letters included in the original volumes (A-B, C-D, E-F, etc.). The recognizor is the individual or organization that supplied the money for the recognizee, the person who had to post a bond, for example, for bail. For each recognizance, the index provides the following information in columns: date; recognizor; amount (in dollars); court (acronym); docketed book and page; remarks (name of recognizee); and date of discharge.  In addition to the columnar data, there are occasional marginal notations. These volumes have research value for the history of the bonding industry, especially since recognizances for bonding companies are conveniently grouped and may also be of some genealogical research value since the individual recognizors often have the same surname as the recognizee.

Subjects Court records – New Jersey
Judicial records – New Jersey
Microfilms
Public records – New Jersey
Appellate courts – New Jersey
Appellate procedure – New Jersey
Bail bond agents – New Jersey
Bail bonds – New Jersey
Justice, Administration of – New Jersey
New Jersey – Politics and government
Genre or Form NUCMC/Monmouth County Archives
County of Monmouth, Archives and Records Center, Manalapan, N.J.
Provenance

These volumes were stored in the Record Center at the request of the local vicinage of the Superior Court.  After receiving authorization for destruction in 2003, the Archives microfilmed the volumes and they were discarded in 2004.  In 1948, the New Jersey courts reorganized and a new Superior Court was constituted with three divisions: Appellate; Chancery; and Law; these divisions handle the cases of the old Supreme Court; the Court of Chancery, and the Circuit Courts.  Thus, these records pertain both to the Superior Court and its predecessors.

Description

Each volume contains references to recognizances by recognizors whose last name begins with the letters included in that particular volume: A-B, C-D, E-F, etc.  The recognizor is the individual or organization that supplied the money for the recognizee, the person who had to post a bond, for example, for bail.

For each recognizance, the index provides the following information in columns:

  • Date
  • Recognizor
  • Amount ($)
  • Court (acronym)
  • Docketed Book and Page
  • Remarks (name of recognizee)
  • Date of Discharge

In addition to the columnar data, there are occasional marginal notations, such as
“Returned to lower court.”

These volumes have research value for the history of the bonding industry, especially since recognizances for bonding companies are conveniently grouped.

The volumes may also be of some genealogical research value since the individual recognizors often have the same surname as the recognizee.

It should be noted that the volumes are somewhat incomplete.  There are occasional annotations, such as “Pages 1 and 2 removed.”  Typically, these excisions pertain to older recognizances.  No information is available on the location of missing pages.  In addition, some of the pages were very worn and in some cases repaired with tape that caused blurring and other damage to the text, especially in the lower outside corner of the pages.  Consequently, it may be difficult or impossible to read some of the information on the microfilm.  Nevertheless, it is very probable that more than 95% of the indexes are accessible in usable form on the microfilm.

Use

For each letter of the alphabet corresponding to the first letter in the surname or name of organization, there are 43 sections based on the Russell Index system which uses key letters in the surname and first letter in given name.  (A copy of the index guide is included with this finding aid.)

To locate a recognizance, first decide whether the recognizor is an organization or an individual.

If the recognizor is an organization, go to Section 80.  Organizational names that include the name of an individual are listed under the surname.  There are numerous listings for certain organizations, such as the United Bonding Company in Volume U-Z.

If the recognizor is an individual, check to see if the surname contains, after the initial letter, any of the letters l, m, n, r, t, or none of these (Misc), for each of which there is a column in the table in the index guide.  Then find the first initial of the given name in the left hand column and match it with the section number in the appropriate column.

The microfilm reels are arranged alphabetically (by surname of recognizor) in the following order: reel 1: A to D; reel 2: E to L; reel 3: M to Z.  Listings within alphabetical sections are in chronological order.

Recognizor Index Books - Shelf List

Roll 1  A to D

Roll 2  E to L

Roll 3  M to Z

GDS April 19, 2004; rev. Aug. 5, 2008; rev. Nov. 28, 2011
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