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 to 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 (do not cite sources you list under the heading) Use the following for citing any books: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 Records Heading add the following template: 

{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>

2. At the end of the Probate records section (after any databases or FHLC entries that are listed), 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 matters in Batsondl/Sandbox 5 are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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