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District of Columbia, Wills and Deeds - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
District of Columbia, United States
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Location of District of Columbia
Record Description
Record Type Probate Records
Collection years 1700-2017
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index and images of wills and deeds. The index records were created by robokeying.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed at the Family History Library or a Family History Center near you. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The record lists the names of the individuals who received a deed and from whom the deed was received and the year the transaction took place. Bills of sale, covenants, agreements, certificates and mortgages are also listed.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Approximate year transaction took place

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.


View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to view the images in this collection when it is published.


View the Images (Only for Fakey Browse Collections with a DFNL page)[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the [DFNL URL Link Text] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

Add this template below after “Search the Index” or “View the Images” headers:

Longer coding is used when the link is to a catalog record that lists references to multiple catalog records:

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s will or deed, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain additional information
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of District of Columbia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.