The original court papers are flat-filed, indexed, and conserved using a set of standards developed by the LVA. Since the tri-folded records are often in poor condition, special attention is paid to preparing them for digital reformatting. The valuable original records are then retired to secure storage.
The reformatted images—whether digital scans or microfilm—can be viewed at the Library of Virginia, at the circuit court clerk's office, or, in the case of digital images, from any internet connected computer.
There are over 220,000 cases indexed in the database and nearly 5.6 million images of chancery causes available online.'
The Chancery Records Index search page allows for several different search methods. the site provides a variety of search fields to make your search as broad or narrow as you desire.