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Probate records are often overlooked in some family histories. Sometimes they can bring down your research brick wall. They may show relationships, financial status and life stories of your ancestors.
Last Updated: 3 April 2016
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Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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When doing research in probate records, request to see the entire file.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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A person who dies "Testate" dies with a will. A person who dies "Intestate" dies without a will.
Last Updated: 3 April 2016
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An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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A widow's dower is her claim to a portion of her deceased husband's estate during her lifetime for her and her children's support.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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A bequest is a legacy, usually a gift of real estate by will.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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A Codicil is a supplemental document to a will.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Decedent refers to the deceased person.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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An Inventory is a verified list of property owned by the decedent. Contents may help determine occupation or financial status.
Last Updated: 3 April 2016
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A Guardianship represent individuals appointed by the court to oversee the affairs of a minor. It can also be used to oversee a business or a person incapable of handling their own affairs.
Last Updated: 3 April 2016