User:Batsondl/Sandbox 5

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WikiProject Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Progress Chart Gotoarrow.png Pennsylvania Wiki Project Task - Probate Intro


The purpose of this task is add the intro template and the ending template to the Probate Records heading.


Cite ANY information you add  whether it is from a book or a website. (do not cite sources you list under the heading) Use the following for citing any books:

5a. Using wikitext, place the citation right at the end of the sentence or paragraph you are citing. Use the following example as a guideline for creating the citation for the book you used:
<ref>P. William Filby, ‘‘A Bibliography of American County Histories’' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985), 99–100. {{WorldCat|12356760}}; {{FHL|299450|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}}</ref>
5b. Or, in Richtext click on the <R> button on the left on the tool bar. Once the new window is open insert your citation using the citation in 5a as a guide.

1. Under the Probate Heading add the following template: 


2. At the end of the Probate records section (after the FHLC entries under the heading, "Probate Records on Microfilm"), add the following template:

{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|1|2}}<br>

3. Replace the number "1" in the template with the name of your county between the pipes.

4. Replace the number "2" and add the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) subject number. Find the subject number as follows:

a. Do a place search of the FHLC for your county.
b. Select Probate Records from the record groups displayed.
c. Select any record displayed.
d. Select the highlighted phrase under the word "Subjects".
e. Copy the number displayed in the upper right-hand corner in the display box "For". This is the subject number.
f. Paste this number into the NYLand template where you see the number

7. Your new finished template should look something like this: 

{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Berks|452254}}<br>


Probate Records  

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Online Probate Indexes

Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Batsondl/Sandbox 5 probate wills in online catalogs like:

  • About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011,