Ancestors Tree Ancestors

-Global Menu-

Beginning Your Research

Records at Risk
Family
Compiled
Technology
Vital
Religious
Cemetery
Census
Military
Newspapers
Probate
Immigration
Writing A
Family History

Key Web Links
Glossary

Helpful
Resources

Products
Online Courses

Online Tools
Online Search
Helpful Tips
Resource Guide
Teacher's Guide
Free Charts

About
ANCESTORS

The First Series
FAQ
Links Seen
On TV

Media Kit
Survey
Components
Behind the
Scenes

Experts in
Episodes


Probate Records and Wills << Probate Records <<

| Go to the Probate Records and Wills Guide |

Probate Records and Wills

 Video Clip
34kbps(56k modem) | 220kbps(DSL/Cable)

Ancestors expert Leslie Smith Collier explains the second class of probate records.

couple When a person who has left a will dies, a probate county carries out the will's instructions. In some cases, this occurs even if a person dies intestate, or without a will. The judge makes the final decision regarding how the estate is to be distributed, taking into account the validity of the will and the legal demands of creditors.

There are a variety of documents that can be found in a probate packet, including:

  • letters of administration— grant authority to the administrator to settle the estate
  • probate petitions— request a final settlement of the estate and often include a list of heirs and their addresses
  • inventories— provide a list and appraisal of all property of the deceased
  • accounts of transactions pertaining to the estate— include payments to funeral homes, of debts, and other day-to-day life details
  • settlement papers— give a final accounting of the division of all the property of the deceased, often with an acknowledgment from the inheritors

    Taken as a whole, these documents provide a rich resource of genealogical and even personal information about an ancestor which can often lead a researcher to still other resources, such as land records. To gain even more insight, consider obtaining copies of the probates of neighbors and relatives living at the time so you can compare and draw conclusions about the financial and economic standing of your ancestor.

  •  
     
    Text-Only | Site Map | Feedback


    -Context Menu-

    Probate Records

    Tools:
    Glossary
    Video Clips
    - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -

    Episode Browser:
    Bruce's Story
    5-Step Research
    Process

    Probate Records
    Probate Records
    and Wills

    Guide
    Land Records
    Guide

    Episode Extras:
    Online Probate
    Resources

    Online Land Resources
    County Courthouse
    Records

    RV Genealogy
    Ordering Microfilm

    Links:
    Recommended
    Links

    Experts in
    this Episode

     

         
    Search HomeEmail