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Probate records were kept in all counties from the time of each county's creation. Until the establishment of separate probate courts in 1852, these records were kept in the courts of common pleas. All of these records are valuable for determining names of family members, relationships, residences, dates of deaths, and other genealogical information. Genealogists will find more information by locating the estate file, sometimes known as the case file, probate packet, or loose papers, instead of looking only for a will. These files include wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates.
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Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles such as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, estates, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth. The books carry references to the estate files so that they can be found in the boxes or cabinets where they are filed at the courthouse. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county.
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== Record Synopsis  ==
  
Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.
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Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. For further information about the probate process, types of probate records, analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see [[United_States_Probate_Records|United States Probate Records]].  
  
An excellent statewide index to the names found in the earliest files is:
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== History  ==
  
Bell, Carol Willsey. ''Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index''. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. (FHL book 977.1 P22b; film 1035679 item 5; fiche 6051289.)
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Probate records were kept in all counties from the time of each county's creation. Until the establishment of separate probate courts in 1852, these records were kept in the courts of common pleas. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county. For more information see the [[Ohio County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio County Probate Records]] page.  
  
Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.
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Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as [http://www.google.com/ www.google.com] enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.
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== State Statutes  ==
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Understanding the Ohio probate laws and how they changed over time can help us learn how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed and might help to solve difficult genealogical problems.
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Additional information about Ohio state statutes relating to probate matters can be found at law libraries. Online digital versions of state statutes can often be found by conducting a search engine search for the term, "Ohio statutes." <br>
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== Repositories  ==
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Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.
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Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.
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== Statewide Record Collections  ==
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Bell, Carol Willsey. ''Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index''. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. [https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE188586&dps_dvs=1335280659424~200&dps_pid=IE188586&change_lng=en Digital Version]; {{FHL|345167|item}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/ohio-wills-and-estates-to-1850-an-index/oclc/7953251&referer=brief_results%7C WorldCat entry]. Also available on [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0941610004_ohiowillsandestatesto1850z%7C WorldVitalRecords.com]. Available only to members of WorldVitalRecords.
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== Learn More  ==
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Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as [http://www.google.com/ www.google.com] enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.  
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'''Online Databases'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1837736|Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1917}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1916172|Ohio, Montgomery County, Probate Estate Files, 1850-1900}}
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''
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*[[Ohio Cuyahoga County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Cuyahoga County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Ohio, Montgomery County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Ohio Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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Record Synopsis

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[1] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. For further information about the probate process, types of probate records, analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see United States Probate Records.

History

Probate records were kept in all counties from the time of each county's creation. Until the establishment of separate probate courts in 1852, these records were kept in the courts of common pleas. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county. For more information see the Ohio County Probate Records page.


State Statutes

Understanding the Ohio probate laws and how they changed over time can help us learn how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed and might help to solve difficult genealogical problems.

Additional information about Ohio state statutes relating to probate matters can be found at law libraries. Online digital versions of state statutes can often be found by conducting a search engine search for the term, "Ohio statutes."

Repositories

Local

Regional

National

Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.

Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.

Statewide Record Collections

Bell, Carol Willsey. Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. Digital Version; FHL Collection; WorldCat entry. Also available on WorldVitalRecords.com. Available only to members of WorldVitalRecords.

Learn More

Published Materials

Websites

Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as www.google.com enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.

Online Databases

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

References

  1. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."