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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection consists of probate and estate files from the Chancery Courts. They are arranged in alphabetical order.They are arranged by the first letter of the deceased’s surname, the deceased’s name, then the probate year.  
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These collections consist of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1800-1930, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Files from Madison and Talladega counties have not been indexed, but are arranged in alphabetical order by the deceased’s name. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.  
  
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.
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For a list of localities currently published in the Alabama, County Probate Records 1830-1976 collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1978117/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
 
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916159/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
 
 
Most probate records were created on a county level, though many were later sent to the Archives. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
 
 
 
Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.
 
 
 
Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.  
 
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
 
{{Collection citation
 
{{Collection citation
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->County Clerks. Probate Records. County Chancery Courts.<!--bibdescend--> }}  
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| text = County Clerks. Probate Records. County Chancery Courts.}}  
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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[[Alabama, County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
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Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) Appointment of Executer DGS 4727587_459.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) Appointment of Executer DGS 4727587_459.jpg|Appointment of Executer
Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) List of debts DGS 4727587_451.jpg|Burial Record
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Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) List of debts DGS 4727587_451.jpg|List of debts
Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) Inventory of property DGS 4727587__455.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image: Alabama Talladega County Probate Records (11-108) Inventory of property DGS 4727587__455.jpg|Inventory of property
 
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Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.
 
  
 
Genealogical facts in entries include:  
 
Genealogical facts in entries include:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Event year
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*Event place
 
*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends  
 
*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
 
*Recording dates
 
 
*Sometimes the date of death
 
*Sometimes the date of death
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of the deceased and some other identifying information such as the place of residence or the approximate death or probate date
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.
  
*The place of residence
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To search the collection image by image:<br>
*The approximate death or probate date
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
*The name of the deceased
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⇒ Select the appropriate "County" <br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate "Individual's Name" which takes you to the images<br>
  
Compare the information you find in the probate records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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Look at the individuals in the list or in the images comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the entry or 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:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
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.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
For example:  
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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. For example:  
  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
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*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 birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.  
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*Use the recording date approximate the death date. (For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)  
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*Use the recording date approximate the death date. (For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
 
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.  
 
*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.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*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)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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=== Additional Information About Probate Records ===
  
== Record History  ==
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Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. The records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.
  
Most probate records were created on a county level though many were later sent to the Archives. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.  
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Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.  
  
Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.  
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Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.  
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Most probate records were created on a county level, though many were later sent to the Archives. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
  
Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.  
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The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Alabama County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[[Alabama Court Records|Alabama Court Records]]
 
*[[Alabama Court Records|Alabama Court Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
  
"Alabama, County Probate Records" images FamilySearch ([https://familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]): accessed 19, May 2011). entry for R.L. Rumsey, property probated October 8, 1935; citing Probate Records, Talladega, R, Rumsey, R.L.- Russell, James Cunningham (1830-1952), image 56; &nbsp;Talladega Cpimtu {Probate Clerk, Talladega, Alabama.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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{{Incomplete Citations}}
  
{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Alabama County Court Clerks. Probate Records. County Court Clerks in Alabama.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.  
  
 
[[Category:Alabama|Probate]]
 
[[Category:Alabama|Probate]]

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985  and Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976.
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Record Description

These collections consist of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1800-1930, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Files from Madison and Talladega counties have not been indexed, but are arranged in alphabetical order by the deceased’s name. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.

For a list of localities currently published in the Alabama, County Probate Records 1830-1976 collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

County Clerks. Probate Records. County Chancery Courts.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Genealogical facts in entries include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Event year
  • Event place
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Sometimes the date of death

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of the deceased and some other identifying information such as the place of residence or the approximate death or probate date

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.

To search the collection image by image:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Individual's Name" which takes you to the images

Look at the individuals in the list or in the images comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the entry or 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.

Using the Information

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. For example:

  • 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 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.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
  • 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 occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the recording date approximate the death date. (For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • 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.

Additional Information About Probate Records

Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. The records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.

Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.

Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.

Most probate records were created on a county level, though many were later sent to the Archives. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.

The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.