What will I find in probate records?

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What will I find in probate records?

You may find the following information in probate records:

  • Person's exact death date
  • Names of the family members
  • Family relationships
  • Names of spouses of children
  • Residences
  • Adoption or guardianship of minor children or dependents
  • Worth of the property and land holdings
  • Evidence of occupation, religion, or military service


Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source A Guidebook to American Genealogy. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. FHL Collection