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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1800 to 2007.<br>
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The collection consists of estate files located in the Knox County Probate Record Office in Rockland, Maine for the years 1861-1915. This collection is being published as images become available.  
  
The collection consists of estate files located in the Knox County Probate Record Office in Rockland, Maine. This collection is being published as images become available.
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'''General Information About These Records'''
  
 
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes. These records were generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianships, inventories and settlements.  
 
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes. These records were generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianships, inventories and settlements.  
  
Wills, estates and other probate matters are under the jurisdiction of the County Register of Probate in each county. The Probate Court has had several names over the years; the Widows and Orphans Court, the Poor Court, and the Court of Protection. The Probate Court handles the following types of procedures:&nbsp;
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Wills, estates and other probate matters are under the jurisdiction of the County Register of Probate in each county. The Probate Court has had several names over the years; the Widows and Orphans Court, the Poor Court, and the Court of Protection. The Probate Court handles the following types of procedures:  
  
*Adoptions&nbsp;
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*Adoptions  
*Guardianships&nbsp;
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*Guardianships  
*Conservatorships&nbsp;
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*Conservatorships  
*Change of Names&nbsp;
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*Change of Names  
*Estates&nbsp;
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*Estates  
 
*Trusts
 
*Trusts
 
For a list of records by date and case number currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1931808/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
  
 
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 to heirs from the deceased 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 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 to heirs from the deceased 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.  
 
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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===To Browse This Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
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[[Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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==What Can This Collection Tell Me?==
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Genealogical facts in entries include:  
 
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Genealogical facts in entries include:  
 
[[Image:Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files DGS 4304763 40.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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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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To begin your search you will need to know:
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*The name of the deceased
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*Identifying information such as the place of residence or the approximate death or probate date
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|CID|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
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#Select the '''County'''<br>
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#Select the '''Case File Number and Year Range''' which takes you to the images.
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the appropriate "County"<br>⇒ Select the approriate "Case File Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images.  
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1931808 Maine, Knox County, probate estate files, 1861-1915]. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
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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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
<br>To begin your search you will need to know:
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Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.
  
*The place of residence
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If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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:
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The name of the deceased
 
  
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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*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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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
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.  
*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 the Person 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.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.<br><br>
 
 
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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== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.maineprobate.net/ Maine Probates]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mearoost/ Aroostock County Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.courtreference.com/Courts-Online.php?court=13459 Online Resources for Aroostook County]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Knox County, Maine|Knox County, Maine]]
 
*[[Maine|Maine]]
 
*[[Maine Probate Records|Maine Probate Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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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 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.  
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"Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861-1915." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Probate Record Office, Rockland.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
"Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861-1915" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https;//familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). &nbsp;Franklin Copeland, estate appraiser appointed 21 February 1893; &nbsp;Knox&gt;Case no. 3556-3581&gt;Image 4; Knox County Register of Probates, Rockland, Maine, United States.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
[[Category:Maine|Probate Records]]
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of estate files located in the Knox County Probate Record Office in Rockland, Maine for the years 1861-1915. This collection is being published as images become available.

General Information About These Records

Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes. These records were generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianships, inventories and settlements.

Wills, estates and other probate matters are under the jurisdiction of the County Register of Probate in each county. The Probate Court has had several names over the years; the Widows and Orphans Court, the Poor Court, and the Court of Protection. The Probate Court handles the following types of procedures:

  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Change of Names
  • Estates
  • Trusts

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 to heirs from the deceased 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.

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861-1915.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Genealogical facts in entries include:

  • 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?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as the place of residence or the approximate death or probate date

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Case File Number and Year Range which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.

If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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.

I Found the Person 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 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?

  • 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.
  • 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

"Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861-1915." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Probate Record Office, Rockland.

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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