Source Information

American Jewish Historical Society New York, U.S., Selected Mayor's Court Cases, 1674-1860 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.
Original data: New York. New York City. Mayor’s Court Records. AJHS microfilm Legal/I-151 (13 rolls). American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, New York City.

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About New York, U.S., Selected Mayor's Court Cases, 1674-1860

This database contains images of select court case papers with Jewish sounding names on them (as selected by the American Jewish Historical Society). They were filed at the Mayor’s Court of New York City in civil lawsuits. The Mayor’s Court of New York City was created in 1665 from the Schepens’ Court of New Amsterdam. It was later also known as the High Court of Chancery, the New York Inns of Court, and the Marine Court of New York City.

The court records consist of pleadings, affidavits, warrants, summons, briefs, etc., and are arranged in chronological order. Many of the records are handwritten paragraphs. Records from the earlier years are more difficult to read because of the handwriting script used at the time. has reproduced these records courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) where this collection is available on microfilm.

11 Sep 2019: Changes were made to improve the performance of this collection. No new records were added.