value of probate records to the genealogist is obvious. It would be rare,
indeed, if someone preferred his property to go to strangers when he died. Even
if your ancestor did not write a will, administration records are likely to
exist. Women often inherit from their parents, so probate records often can
supply the maiden name of your female ancestor. Probate records for unmarried
siblings may solve a genealogical mystery decades after the parent of your
ancestor dies. You may find the married surname of female siblings and a list of
the deceased person’s grandchildren. Since probates usually deal with the
orderly transfer of title to real estate, each county in which your ancestor
owned land should be researched.
out if there is a will or administration for my ancestor.
the probate records for me.
out if the probate records and/or wills for my county have been abstracted.
the address of the probate office for my county.
or abstract a probate record.
out if there are associated records available, i.e., inventories, guardianships,
partition deeds, military pensions for a widow, court records, etc.
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