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Probate Records and Wills << Probate Records <<

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Probate Records and Wills Guide

Probate Records-
Probate Records and Wills
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Full name
  • Date and place of death


  • May also include:
  • Relationships
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children (and possibly birth order)
  • Names of spouses of married daughters
  • Names of grandchildren
  • Residences of the deceased and living descendants
  • Locations in which the deceased owned property
  • Attitude of deceased toward family members
  • Clues to whether some family members had predeceased him/her
  • Papers pertaining to adoptions or guardianships
  • Payment of debts (e.g., grocery store) and other expenses of the estate
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Marital Status
  • Signature
  • Through a visit to the courthouse

    Compiled sources:
    check with the county courthouses as found in RootsWeb's U.S. Town/ County Database: resources.rootsweb.com/
    cgi-bin/townco.cgi
    or local genealogical and historical societies as found in the Ancestors Resource Guide

    Online compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog: www.familysearch.org/
    Search/searchcatalog.asp

    Online probate records

  • To find death date and place
  • To find residence
  • For names (and addresses) of descendants
  • To find details to search for land records
  • To discover other places where the ancestor may have held property
  • To discover relationships
  • To get a feel for ancestor's economic standing
  • To look for clues about ancestor's feelings toward family members
  • For clues to the deaths of other family members
  • To sort out adoptions, guardianships and other unclear relationships
  • To learn names of stores and vendors frequented by your ancestor
  • To find your ancestor's signature
  • To find occupation
  • To find citizenship
  • To find marital status
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in probate records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Probate Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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