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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Probate''' records usually include the following kinds of information.
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*Name of testator or deceased
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*Probate date and place
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*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
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*Names of witnesses
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*Residence of testator
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*Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
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*Document and recording dates.
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*Sometimes the date of death
  
 
== Collection Content  ==
 
== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
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Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1053.jpg|Estate Inventory
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Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1055.jpg|Estate Sale Proceeds
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Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1072.jpg|Death Statement
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Only the estate files are contained in this collection, the wills are not included. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.
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These records are organized by the County, then alphabetically by the surname with the year of probate included in parenthesis. Some of the records are faded and may be difficult to read.
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The North Carolina State Genealogical Society has partnered with FamilySearch to index these records. The estate records for the years 1669-1759 has a microfilmed index available at the [https://www.familysearch.org/s/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.familysearch.org%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F772580&hash=HloWXpZgU9zB10k5M56iYku8TUc%253D Family History Library], Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care, and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.
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The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned.
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Most probate records in North Carolina were created on a county level though many were later sent to the North Carolina State Archives. For the colonial period, dozens of North Carolina wills were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in London, England. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.&nbsp; An index is being created for this collection. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.
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| Avery County, North Carolina estate files, ca. 1916-1955
 
| Avery County, North Carolina estate files, ca. 1916-1955
 
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=== Sample Images ===
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
 
Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1053.jpg|Estate Inventory
 
Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1055.jpg|Estate Sale Proceeds
 
Image:North Carolina Estate Files (11-0060) DGS 4763876 1072.jpg|Death Statement
 
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Only the estate files are contained in this collection, the wills are not included. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.
 
 
These records are organized by the County, then alphabetically by the surname with the year of probate included in parenthesis. Some of the records are faded and may be difficult to read.
 
 
The North Carolina State Genealogical Society has partnered with FamilySearch to index these records. The estate records for the years 1669-1759 has a microfilmed index available at the [https://www.familysearch.org/s/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.familysearch.org%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F772580&hash=HloWXpZgU9zB10k5M56iYku8TUc%253D Family History Library], Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
 
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care, and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.
 
 
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned.
 
 
Most probate records in North Carolina were created on a county level though many were later sent to the North Carolina State Archives. For the colonial period, dozens of North Carolina wills were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in London, England. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.&nbsp; An index is being created for this collection. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.
 
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
 
 
Probate records usually include the following kinds of information. Be aware that not all information may be found in every record:
 
 
*Name of testator or deceased
 
*Probate date and place
 
*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
 
  
 
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
To begin your search you will need to know:
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*The name of the deceased  
*The name of the deceased.
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*The approximate death or probate date  
*The approximate death or probate date.
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*The probate place
*The probate place.
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=== Search the Index ===
 
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{{Search Collection Link
'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1911121?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1911121/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>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 "County" category<br>⇒ Select the "Surname Letter" category<br>⇒ Select the "Individual's Name and Year" category which takes you to the images  
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=== View the Images ===
 
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1911121|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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.  
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# Select the '''County'''
 
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# Select the '''Surname Letter'''
With either search keep in mind:
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# Select '''Individual's Name and Year''' to view the images.
*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.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1911121 North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1911121 North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979]. 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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Compare 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]].
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== 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.
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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.  
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the document recording dates to approximate a death date if you do not already have one.
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*Use the document recording dates to approximate a death date if you do not already have one  
*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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*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.
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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 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 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 land transactions and adoptions or guardianships of any minor children and dependents.
+
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions and adoptions or guardianships 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. It can help you to organize the names into families.
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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. It can help you to organize the names into families  
*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  
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
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*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
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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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  
 
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Consult the [[ North Carolina Record Finder]] to find other records
 
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=== Research Helps ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[North Carolina, United States Genealogy|North Carolina]].
*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.
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* [[GuidedResearch:North Carolina|North Carolina Guided Research]]
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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* [[North Carolina Record Finder]]
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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* [[North Carolina Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step North Carolina Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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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.
 
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.
  
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"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 November 2016. Citing Division of Archives and History. State Archives, Raleigh.
 
  
 
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Record Description
Record Type Estate
Collection years 1663-1979
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

This is a collection of loose papers relating to the settlement of estates for the years 1663 to 1979. They cover matters such as provision for heirs, including minor children, as well as distribution of funds, land and property, and slaves. The records from various counties in North Carolina were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History.

The records include the following:

  • Administrators' bonds
  • Guardians' bonds
  • Inventories
  • Accounts of sales
  • Annual accounts
  • Allotments of years provisions
  • Settlements
  • Divisions
  • Petitions of many sorts
  • Bills and receipts

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate records usually include the following kinds of information.

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Probate date and place
  • 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

Collection Content

Sample Images


Only the estate files are contained in this collection, the wills are not included. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.

These records are organized by the County, then alphabetically by the surname with the year of probate included in parenthesis. Some of the records are faded and may be difficult to read.

The North Carolina State Genealogical Society has partnered with FamilySearch to index these records. The estate records for the years 1669-1759 has a microfilmed index available at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care, and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.

The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned.

Most probate records in North Carolina were created on a county level though many were later sent to the North Carolina State Archives. For the colonial period, dozens of North Carolina wills were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in London, England. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.  An index is being created for this collection. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available.

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the county, time periods covered, court and the title in the FamilySearch Catalog for this collection.

County Dates Court Title in FamilySearch Catalog
Lincoln County 1735-1914 North Carolina. Superior Court (Lincoln County)

North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Lincoln County)

Lincoln County, North Carolina, will records, 1824-1964, will index, 1772-1964; estate records, 1735-1914*
Bute County (Bute county was discontinued in 1779 and split between Franklin and Warren Counties) 1764-1784 North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wills and estate papers (Bute County, North Carolina), 1764-1784*
Catawba County 1663-1978 North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wills and estate papers (Catawba County), 1663-1978*
Cumberland County 1663-1978 North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wills and estate papers (Cumberland County), 1663-1978*
Currituck County 1663-1978 North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wills and estate papers (Currituck County), 1663-1978*
Edenton District (Edenton District covered the following counties: Gates, Hertford, Bertie, Tyrrell, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, and Currituck) 1756-1806 North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wills and estate papers (Edenton District), 1756-1806*
Warren County 1772-1940 North Carolina. Superior Court (Warren County) Warren County, North Carolina, estate records
Avery County 1916-1955 North Carolina. Superior Court (Avery County) Avery County, North Carolina estate files, ca. 1916-1955

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 probate place

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Surname Letter
  3. Select Individual's Name and Year to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare 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?

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.

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

  • Use the document recording dates to approximate a death date if you do not already have one
  • 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
  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions and adoptions or guardianships 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. It can help you to organize the names into families
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator

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
  • 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
  • Consult the North Carolina Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.

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 article. If you encounter additional problems, plea se 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.


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
"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 November 2016. Citing Division of Archives and History. State Archives, Raleigh.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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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