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== Record Synopsis  ==
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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&nbsp;the probate process,&nbsp;types of probate records,&nbsp;analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/United_States_Probate_Records United States Probate Records].
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*'''1582 – 1932''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9079 Rhode Island Wills and Probate Records 1582-1932] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
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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> Genealogists often refer to 'Probate Records' as "All records which relate to the disposition of an estate," whether the person died leaving a will (testate) or not (intestate).<ref>Val. D. Greenwood, ''The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy,'' 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000), 309.</ref>
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Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, guardianships, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, depositions, 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.
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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]].
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=== History  ===
  
 
Probate matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.  
 
Probate matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.  
  
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*The [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society New England Historic Genealogical Society] located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts has early Rhode Island probate records available on microfilm. To search their online library catalog click [http://library.nehgs.org/ Here].
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*The [[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society]] located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts has early Rhode Island probate records available on microfilm. To search their online library catalog click [http://library.nehgs.org/ Here].
  
 
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*The [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Library Family History Library] has microfilm copies of many of these records. For collection details see the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog].&nbsp;Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Rhode Island county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."
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*The [[Family History Library]] has microfilm copies of many of these records. For collection details see the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog].&nbsp;Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Rhode Island county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."
  
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*''General Council Meeting Minutes and Documents''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. ({{FHL|954936}}-37). The Rhode Island general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813.
 
*''General Council Meeting Minutes and Documents''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. ({{FHL|954936}}-37). The Rhode Island general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813.
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*Wakefield, Robert S. ''Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register'', Volumes 1 through 4. Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982. {{WorldCat|8760541|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1237148|item|disp=FHL Book 974.5 D2ri}}.); An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850. The Rhode Island Genealogical Register continues to publish abstracts of wills.
 
*Wakefield, Robert S. ''Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register'', Volumes 1 through 4. Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982. {{WorldCat|8760541|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1237148|item|disp=FHL Book 974.5 D2ri}}.); An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850. The Rhode Island Genealogical Register continues to publish abstracts of wills.
  
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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] Genealogists often refer to 'Probate Records' as "All records which relate to the disposition of an estate," whether the person died leaving a will (testate) or not (intestate).[2]

Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, guardianships, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, depositions, 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 matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.

State Statutes

Repositories

Local

Regional

National

  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these records. For collection details see the FamilySearch Catalog. Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Rhode Island county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."

Statewide Record Collections

  • General Council Meeting Minutes and Documents. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. (FHL 954936-37). The Rhode Island general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813.
  • Wakefield, Robert S. Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volumes 1 through 4. Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.5 D2ri.); An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850. The Rhode Island Genealogical Register continues to publish abstracts of wills.

Learn More

Published Materials

Websites

References

  1. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  2. Val. D. Greenwood, The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000), 309.