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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine, United States Genealogy|Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Androscoggin County, Maine Genealogy|Androscoggin County]]''
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection contains probate estate files arranged by case number, docket index books arranged by case number and date and an alphabetical card index acquired from the Androscoggin County Courthouse in Auburn. The collection covers the years 1854 to 1918.  
 
This collection contains probate estate files arranged by case number, docket index books arranged by case number and date and an alphabetical card index acquired from the Androscoggin County Courthouse in Auburn. The collection covers the years 1854 to 1918.  
  
For a list of records with an alphabetical index currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2037995/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Androscoggin County Courthouse, Auburn.}}
 
 
 
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== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
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Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Genealogical facts found in entries include:  
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries includes:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. A will was usually written near time of death.)
 
*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. A will was usually written near time of death.)
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the “Record” ⇒Select the “County” ⇒Select the “Volume and Year” which takes you to the images.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
  
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.
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*Name of the testator or deceased
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*Identifying information such as residence approximate death or probate date
  
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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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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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:  
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*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  
*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 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 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 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.  
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*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about:
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:Adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
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:Land transactions
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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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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.<br><br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*[http://www.maineprobate.net/ &nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1340820216557_804" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1340820216557_142" />Maine Probates]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Androscoggin County Courthouse, Auburn.}} <br><br>
  
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains probate estate files arranged by case number, docket index books arranged by case number and date and an alphabetical card index acquired from the Androscoggin County Courthouse in Auburn. The collection covers the years 1854 to 1918.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries includes:

  • 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 the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Identifying information such as residence 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 appropriate “Document Type” 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?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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.
  • 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.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about:
Adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
Land transactions
  • 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 the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Androscoggin County Courthouse, Auburn.

Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918.

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