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Probate Records

What Are They?

  • A probate record is created by the local court upon an individual’s death.

  • The records deal with the distribution of the estate and care of dependents.

  • Probate took place regardless of a will or no will.

  • Various types of record are created such as: bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, and administrations.

What CAN They Tell You?

  • An individual’s exact death date

  • Names of 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 lunacy, occupation, religion, or military service

Online Resources

Where Are Probate Records Located?

Probate Records are located in the the file cabinets along the wall.

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The index for the probate records can be found in the wooden card catalog. 

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The file cabinet drawers are organized by batches. The card catalog will tell you which batch to look under for a particular person.

For example:

The index card for Henry Dressler says B13, so you would look for Henry Dressler's file under Batch 13.

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Information can also be found the notebooks to the opposite of the wooden card catalog.

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We also have probate records available on microfilm drawers that can be viewed on either of the 2 microfilm readers in the history room. 

Click here for how to use the equipment

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