Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region

Search Indexes to Original Records: Bankruptcy Databases

The most voluminous set of records at the National Archives-Southeast Region is Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 16851991. These records include the case files created by the Bankruptcy Act of 1841 (repealed in 1843) and the Bankruptcy Act of 1867 (petitions from 1867 to 1878).

NARA-Southeast has provided the following indexes to help researchers seaking to add substance to the lives of their ancestors or a community.

These pages contain searchable databases to the indexes to bankruptcy case files of selected U.S. District Courts at the National Archives-Southeast Region in Morrow, Georgia.

Bankruptcy Act of 1841
The second bankruptcy law enacted in the wake of the Panics of 1837 and 1839. The law allowed for both voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Act of 1867
This third bankruptcy law was prompted by the demands arising from financial failures during the Panic of 1857 and the Civil War.

Researchers who find an individual of interest in any of the databases herein may request copies of the record. Essential information that researchers will need to supply includeds 1) name of the bankrupt, 2) city, 3) state, 4) year of the bankruptcy Act, and 5) case number. Copies are available at the standard NARA rate of $10 plus an additional fee per page.

Questions regarding these bankruptcy case files may be addressed to NARA by telephoning (770) 968-2100.