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Record Description

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colorado, Denver County P...ate Case Files, 1900-1925.

This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1925.

The collection consists of probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407.

Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.

For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries may include:
  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Date of decedent's death
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date
  • The name of the deceased

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type"
⇒Select the "Case File Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image, you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

There is an index available in this collection. The index is located under Document Type. Find your ancestor's name and look for the packet number. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection. Probate papers are quite lengthy, so there re a number of pages for each packet number.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records, since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

“Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box: Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925


When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.


Citation for This Collection

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colorado, Denver County P...ate Case Files, 1900-1925.

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Colorado, State Census, 1885." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census Bureau. National Archives, Washington D.C.

 

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