Historic New York Case Law

Welcome to The Advancing Genealogist‘s New York case law page. Case law is law derived from a judicial decision, often made in an appellate court. Not every appellate decision is published.

A quick explanation. Digests are not case law itself. Instead, digests serve as indexes to cases that deal with specific legal topics, and often provide a very brief summary of what the court decided. Digests are arranged topically. To see cases that dealt with divorce, find the legal topic divorce to see a list of cases that addressed points of law regarding divorce. Digests allow the reader to see a list of opinions from different jurisdictions and different time periods covered by that digest in one place, and they suggest how court decisions impacted the evolution of a legal topic.

To find a record of a case, obtain the relevant case reporter volume. A reporter contains a meatier summary of the issue and the court’s decision. The information needed to find the correct reporter is in the digest. Sometimes a Google search of a case name brings results.

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Historic New York Case Law

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Published 1884 A Digest of New York Statutes and Reports from the Earliest Period … Preceded by a Table of Cases Criticized, New Edition, Complete to the Year 1873 Volume I Google Books
Published 1884 A Digest of New York Statutes and Reports from the Earliest Period … Preceded by a Table of Cases Criticized, New Edition, Complete to the Year 1873 Volume II Google Books
Published 1884 A Digest of New York Statutes and Reports from the Earliest Period … Preceded by a Table of Cases Criticized, New Edition, Complete to the Year 1873 Volume III Google Books
Published 1884 A Digest of New York Statutes and Reports from the Earliest Period … Preceded by a Table of Cases Criticized, New Edition, Complete to the Year 1873 Volume IV Google Books
Published 1884 A Digest of New York Statutes and Reports from the Earliest Period … Preceded by a Table of Cases Criticized, New Edition, Complete to the Year 1873 Volume V Google Books
1893 A Digest of the Decisions of All the Courts of the State of New York From the Earliest Period to the Year 1892 Vol. I Abandonment to Costs Google Books
1893 A Digest of the Decisions of All the Courts of the State of New York From the Earliest Period to the Year 1892 Vol. II Counterclaim to Inspection Google Books
1893 A Digest of the Decisions of All the Courts of the State of New York From the Earliest Period to the Year 1892 Vol. III Insurance to Railroads Google Books
1901 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. I Hathi Trust
1901 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. II Google Books
1901 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. III Google Books
1901 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. IV Google Books
1901 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. V Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. VI Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. VII Hathi Trust
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. VIII Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. IX Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. X Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. XI Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. XII Google Books
1902 Abbott’s Cyclopedic Digest of All the Decisions of All the Courts of New York From the Earliest Time to the Year 1900 Vol. XIII Hathi Trust
1912 Table of New York Cases, 1794-1912 Hathi Trust
1914 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913 Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 1 of Supplement — Vol.14 of the Set Hathi Trust
1914 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913 Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 2 of Supplement — Vol. 15 of the Set Hathi Trust
1915 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913 Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 3 of Supplement — Vol. 16 of the Set Hathi Trust
1915 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913 Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 4 of Supplement — Vol. 17 of the Set Hathi Trust
1915 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913, Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 5 of Supplement — Vol. 18 of the Set Hathi Trust
1915 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Supplement in Eight Volumes From January 1, 1900 to January 1st, 1913, Continuing Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, 13 Vols. With Table of Cases and Topical References From 1794 to 1913 Vol. 7 of Supplement — Vol. 20 of the Set Hathi Trust
1918 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Second Supplement 1913-1917, A Continuation of Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, and Supplement Thereto, 1900 to 1912, in a Uniform Classification. In Four Volumes. Vol. I, A to DAMAGES Hathi Trust
1918 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Second Supplement 1913-1917, A Continuation of Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, and Supplement Thereto, 1900 to 1912, in a Uniform Classification. In Four Volumes. Vol. II, DAMNUM to LAPSE Hathi Trust
1919 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Second Supplement 1913-1917, A Continuation of Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, and Supplement Thereto, 1900 to 1912, in a Uniform Classification. In Four Volumes. Vol. III, LARCENY to SEA Hathi Trust
1919 Abbott’s Digest of All New York Reports Second Supplement 1913-1917, A Continuation of Abbott’s Digest 1794 to 1900, and Supplement Thereto, 1900 to 1912, in a Uniform Classification. In Four Volumes. Vol. IV, SEAL to Y.W.C.A. Hathi Trust
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