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== Record Description ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This collection includes digital images of probate records created in the following&nbsp;county courts:  
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The collection includes probate records for the years 1832 to 1950. This collection includes probate records created in the following county courts:  
  
 
*Clark  
 
*Clark  
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*Wahkiakum
 
*Wahkiakum
  
Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.&nbsp;
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Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.  
 
 
The collection covers the years 1832 to 1950.&nbsp;
 
  
 
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.  
 
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.  
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The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.  
 
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.  
  
For a list of records by localities and surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1454946/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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|title=Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950
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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Washington County Clerks. Probate records. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
 
 
[[Washington State County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
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== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
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Most probate records include the following genealogical information:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
  
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'''Probate'''
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Death date  
 
*Death date  
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*Court date of probate
 
*Court date of probate
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
 
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=== Sample Images ===
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
 
 
 
*The place of residence
 
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The name of the deceased
 
 
 
Compare the information you find in the probate records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
For example:
 
 
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianships of any minor children and dependents.
 
*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
 
*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
*Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:  
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Image:Washington Probate Records-3.jpg|Bequeath Statement or Will
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Image:Washington Probate Records-4.jpg|Petition
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Image:Washington Probate Records-5.jpg|Probate Publication Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-6.jpg|Witness Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-7.jpg|Witness Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-1.jpg|Petition for Administratrix Page 1
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Image:Washington Probate Records-2.jpg|Petition for Administratrix Page 2
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Image:Washington Probate Records-8.jpg|Order of Appointment
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*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.  
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
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*Name of the person
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*The location or date of the event
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the  
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'''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1454946/waypoints Browse Page]'''.<br>
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Surname Letter'''
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# Select '''Individual's Name, Year'''<br><br>
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
== Related Websites ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
[http://www.washington-wills.com/ Washington (State) Probate]&nbsp;
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If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly.  You may want to search for the original record at the [[Washington State Archives]]. 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find birth, baptism, and marriage records
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*Use the probate dates to approximate a death date and search for death or burial information
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*Use the information found in the record to find land and property records
  
*[[Washington|Washington]]
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
*[[Washington History|Washington History]]
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
*[[Washington Probate Records]]
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching in nearby locations
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:Washington|Washington Guided Research]]
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* [[Washington Record Finder]]
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* [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1850-1907|1850-1907]] &#124; [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1907--Present|1907-Present]]
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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;Collection Citation:"Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Olympia.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950: index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 Fabruary 2012). r Fred Clark, 1892; citing Probate Records, FHL digital folder 004,113,963; Pacific County Clerk's Office, South Bend, Washington, United States.
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1832-1950
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What is in This Collection?

The collection includes probate records for the years 1832 to 1950. This collection includes probate records created in the following county courts:

  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Skamania
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.

Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.

The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Residence
  • Heirs (these are usually family members)
  • Executor
  • Witnesses
  • Court where the estate was probated
  • Court location
  • Court date of probate

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Surname Letter
  3. Select Individual's Name, Year

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Washington State Archives.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find birth, baptism, and marriage records
  • Use the probate dates to approximate a death date and search for death or burial information
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and property records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching in nearby locations
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Olympia.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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