Florida Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes probate records: case files, wills and other documents created by the probate courts of various Florida counties, for the years 1784 to 1990. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. The content and time period of the records varies by county.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries may include:
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. A will was usually written near time of death.)
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the deceased
- The approximate date of death
- The place of residence
- The approximate date of probate
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Volume Title and Year to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
When you have located your ancestor’s probate record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records, for earlier time periods
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Consult the Florida Record Finder to search other records
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. County courthouses, Florida.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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