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''[[United States Probate Records]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Washington|Washington]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Washington_Probate_Records|Probate Records]]''  
 
''[[United States Probate Records]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Washington|Washington]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Washington_Probate_Records|Probate Records]]''  
  
== Probate Courts ==
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== Probate Courts ==
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In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.  
 
In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.  
  
 
The Family History Library has acquired copies of probate records for a few counties in [[Washington|Washington]]. However, they are also available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/.  
 
The Family History Library has acquired copies of probate records for a few counties in [[Washington|Washington]]. However, they are also available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/.  
  
== Record Content ==
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== Record Content ==
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Probate_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Account of Administrator (partial)]
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Image:Washington County Probate Records (12-0144) (12-0277) DGS 5456364 8 9 10.jpg|Probate Record Examples
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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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'''Links to Sample Images'''  
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{| style="border:5px solid #00ff7f"
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|+ '''CLICK LINKS TO SEE SAMPLE DOCUMENTS'''  
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! style="text-align:center;background-color:#0000ff;border:2px solid black;color:#ffffff" | LINKS
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! style="text-align:center;background-color:#0000ff;border:2px solid black;color:#ffffff" | DEFINITIONS
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11550-100731-6?cc=1454946&wc=12953217 WILL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | written instructions by a person regarding settlement of his affairs after his death
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| style="border:2px solid black" | INTESTATE
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| style="border:2px solid black" | deceased without a will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11550-101677-19?cc=1454946&wc=12953217 PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | request to the Court for administration of estate of deceased person
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12337-50389-5?cc=1454946&wc=12951752 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | person appointed by Court to direct distribution of estate; not specified in will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | ADMINSTRATRIX
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| style="border:2px solid black" | female administrator
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| style="border:2px solid black" | EXECUTOR
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| style="border:2px solid black" | administrator appointed in will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12337-54140-12?cc=1454946&wc=12951752 BOND OF ADMINSTRATOR]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | money assurance of validity
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| style="border:2px solid black" | AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
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| style="border:2px solid black" | declaration upon oath
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30541-209-66?cc=1979435&wc=M67C-XTL:263601001,263682401 INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" |
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-33060-10930-33?cc=1910364&wc=M9HM-PFS:n674775024 LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | Court given authority to care for another person
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[https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-30540-8620-24?cc=1979435&wc=MM1X-527:n568823336  Case File, 1891 (images 1-43; various documents)]
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'''Genealogical Facts in Probate Case Files''
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*Name of testator or deceased
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*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
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! style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''TYPES OF DOCUMENTS'''  
*Names of witnesses
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black;" | name deceased
*Residence of testator
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | name administrator + relationship to deceased  
*Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | heirs + relationships
*Various documents
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | names witnesses  
*Recording dates
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | death date + place
*Sometimes the date of death
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | property of decease
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''WILL'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''PETITION FOR PROBATE'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" |
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''WITNESS' STATEMENTS'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''FINAL ACCOUNT + PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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*[[Washington State County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Washington State County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
[[Category:Washington|Probate]]
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[[Category:Washington Probate Records]]

Revision as of 02:52, 15 July 2014

United States Probate RecordsGotoarrow.pngWashingtonGotoarrow.pngProbate Records

Probate Courts

In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.

The Family History Library has acquired copies of probate records for a few counties in Washington. However, they are also available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/.

Record Content

CLICK LINKS TO SEE SAMPLE DOCUMENTS
LINKS DEFINITIONS
WILL written instructions by a person regarding settlement of his affairs after his death
INTESTATE deceased without a will
PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL request to the Court for administration of estate of deceased person
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION person appointed by Court to direct distribution of estate; not specified in will
ADMINSTRATRIX female administrator
EXECUTOR administrator appointed in will
BOND OF ADMINSTRATOR money assurance of validity
AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION declaration upon oath
INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL
LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP Court given authority to care for another person



TYPES OF DOCUMENTS name deceased name administrator + relationship to deceased heirs + relationships names witnesses death date + place property of decease
WILL Green check.png]] Green check.png]]
PETITION FOR PROBATE Green check.png]] Green check.png]] Green check.png]] Green check.png]]
WITNESS' STATEMENTS Green check.png]] Green check.png]]
INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL Green check.png]] Green check.png]]
FINAL ACCOUNT + PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION Green check.png]] Green check.png]] Green check.png]] Green check.png]] Green check.png]]

References

Washington Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.

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