They may have been involved in divorce, separations, fighting over inheritances, adoptions, or fornication.
This is a good thing -- for research, that is. Michael John Neill, a regular columnist for Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, told a class at BYU's Conference on Family History and Genealogy about how court records are a rich source for information about your ancestors.
Read more stories about the conference. "You may find things you've been looking for," Neill said. "And maybe things you wished you didn't know."