Pennsylvania Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Document 114052, How to use Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

Question #1: Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B appears to be an index. Where can the records be found?
Answer #1: The browse point Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B is actually the browse point Will and letter index 1846-1980 U-Z; and the browse point Blair > Will and letter index 1846-1980 U-Z is actually the browse point Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B. The two browse points are transposed.

Question #2: Does Allegheny > Estate index 1788-1971 surname L, first names A-J have missing sections?
Answer #2: The browse point Allegheny > Estate index 1788-1971 surname L, first names A-J does not have missing sections; the sections are out of order:
• Image 6: Table to Locate Names
• Images 7-197: Section 110-560
• Images 200-277: Sections 2000-2033
• Images 285-440: Sections 610-930
• Images 445- 538: Sections 2034-2078

Question #3: Westmoreland appears to be missing records. Where can these records be found?
Answer #3: Two browse points are missing from Westmoreland because the microfilm 1316409 is not digitized:
• Westmoreland > Register's and Orphans' Court record index no date W-Z would originate from
Items 1-2: General index W, given names S(continued)-Z General index XYZ, given names A-Z , and
• Westmoreland > Will index v. 1-2 1772-1918; Wills 1773-1819 v. 1 would originate from
Item 3-5: Will index v. 1-2 1772-1918 and Wills 1773-1819 v. 1.
See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm, as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the film.

Question #4: Where can I find the records for Bucks > Orphans' Court records 1853-1856 vol 13?
Answer #4: Bucks > Orphans' Court records 1853-1856 vol 13 is not available online or on microfilm.

Question #5: If pages are missing in a browse point, are they available to view somewhere else?
Answer #5: These pages are not available; possibly they were lost prior to filming the records.
• York > Wills 1818-1833 vol O-Q is missing Pages 1 through 41 of book P.
• Greene County > Wills 1875-1892 Vol 5-6. Pages 234 and 235

Question #6: I am trying to locate records that should be in the Luzerne > Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z waypoint. The records there seem to be in error. Can you help me?
Answer #6: In Luzerne county, the link listed as the Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z actually goes to the Orphans' Court record index 1778-1874 waypoint, and the link to the Orphans Court record index 1778-1874 is actually linked to the Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z. The records linked have been switched in these two waypoints.

Question #7: There seems to be a discrepancy between the index and the records at the browse point Lebanon > Orphans' Court dockets 1841-1848 vol E. Can you explain this?
Answer #7: We do not know the cause of this discrepancy, but it appears to have been there at the time of filming. The Catalog makes the following note for the film: Film 21501 - Each volume has an index; however, the index to volume E does not match the volume.

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