In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss one of our favorite record types for proving identity and parentage: probate records. These records are key in identifying relationships between children and their fathers in 18-19th century United States research. Probate records include wills, inventories, sales slips, receipts, debt payments, summons, petitions, and all kinds of records that reveal information about a family. Don’t miss the important information about how to find probate records for your relatives, what to do with the probate file once you find it, and how to understand the information contained in each page. We have created a special freebie for you to download about Probate records here: U.S. Probate Records Cheat Sheet.
Behind the Scenes at the Utah Archives and Diana’s Probate Presentation Materials (direct links to the materials below)
–Probate Research Syllabus by Diana
–Using Probate Records Powerpoint slides by Diana
FamilySearch Research Wiki – search for articles about probate records in your state or county
FamilySearch Catalog – probate collections by U.S. County
Research Like a Pro eCourse – register here
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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