New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1830-1921
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of probate records (bound volumes) from the Middlesex County Surrogate Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey for the years 1830 to 1921. These records augment the microfilms we filmed in 1972. The records contain the following types of documents:

  • Will Books
  • Applications for Administration
  • Applications for Probate
  • Administrators Bonds
  • Letters of Guardianship

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921.

Collection Content

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The exact information found in the records varies but the following is usually found:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given.)
  • Recording dates

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The place of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Volume, Title and Year" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s 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. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records, since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the recording date approximate the death date. For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.

You may be able to use the probate record to learn about:

  • Land transactions
  • Adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
  • 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. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by the court or local historical and genealogical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Citing This Collection

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

"New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Surrogate Court, New Brunswick.

Image Citation:
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