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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court for the years 1870 to 1930.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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== Record Description  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
This Collection will include records from 1870 to 1930.<br>
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 11.jpg|Guardianship Bond
This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court.  
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 13.jpg|Petition of Appointment of Guardian
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 15.jpg|Letter of Petition
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 20.jpg|Discharge Petition
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 23.jpg|Receipts and Disbursements
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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 25.jpg|Order Appointing Guardian
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Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:  
 
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:  
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*Settlements
 
*Settlements
  
For a list of records by year and case number currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1987651/waypoints Browse].  
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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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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. The exact contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
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'''Probate Case files''' generally include:  
|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court. "Maricopa County Probate Records." Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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*The name of testator or deceased  
 
 
[[Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files (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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Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 11.jpg|Guardianship Bond
 
Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 13.jpg|Petition of Appointment of Guardian
 
Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 15.jpg|Letter of Petition
 
Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 20.jpg|Discharge Petition
 
Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 23.jpg|Receipts and Disbursements
 
Image:Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files, 1870-1930 (12-0039) DGS 5419663 25.jpg|Order Appointing Guardian
 
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Although the exact content varies with each probate case, the genealogical facts in generally include:  
 
 
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
 
*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  
 
*Names of witnesses  
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*Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
 
*Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:  
'''To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the “Year and Case Number” that takes you to the images.
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*The name of the deceased
 
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
'''To begin your search it is helpful to know:'''
 
 
 
*The name of the deceased  
 
 
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The approximate death or probate date
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*The names of family members or associates named in the probate file
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===View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1987651|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select the '''Year and Case Number''' to view the images.
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1987651 Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1870-1930]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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CCompare 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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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*Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
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*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
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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
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*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
'''Using the information:'''
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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.
 
 
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 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 records or military records.
 
 
 
'''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 also died in Maricopa county. 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.
 
*Probate records often have information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents. Be aware that the spouse named may not be the parent of the children listed.
 
*The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.  
 
*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.
 
 
 
'''Unable to find your Aacestor?'''
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
'''General Information About Probate Records'''
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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. The exact contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/copies.asp Clerk of the Superior Court of Maricopa County]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Arizona]]
 
*[[Maricopa County, Arizona]]
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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]].  
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"Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1870-1930." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Citing Superior Court. Records Management Center, Phoenix.
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1870-1930," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 1 May 2012), 1870-1930, Casefiles P1A-P25A &gt; Image 11 of 2868, Epitacio Espinosa, principal of trust dated 15 March 1892; citing Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court. "Maricopa County Probate Records." Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona.
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Maricopa, Arizona, United States
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Collection years 1870-1930
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court for the years 1870 to 1930.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1870-1930.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:

  • Settlement papers
  • Inventories
  • Receipts
  • Wills

Other records pertaining to the probate case files include:

  • Accounts
  • Administrations
  • Appraisals
  • Minutes
  • Bonds
  • Petitions
  • Guardianships
  • Inventories
  • Settlements

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.

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. The exact contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Probate Case files generally include:

  • The 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 are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the 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 death or probate date
  • The names of family members or associates named in the probate file

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Year and Case Number to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

CCompare 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?

  • Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members

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
  • 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 records or military records

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

  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well

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

"Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1870-1930." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Superior Court. Records Management Center, Phoenix.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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