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Access the records: New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921 .
The collection consists of probate records (bound volumes) from the Middlesex County Surrogate Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey for the years 1930 to 1921. These records augment the microfilms we filmed in 1972. The records contain the following types of documents:
- Will Books
- Applications for Administration
- Applications for Probate
- Administrators Bonds
- Letters of Guardianship
For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
The exact information found in the records varies but the following is usually found:
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
- Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given.)
- Recording dates
How to Use the Record
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The place of residence
- The approximate death or probate date
- The name of the deceased
Search the Collection
To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the Volume, Title and Year which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 recording date approximate the death date. For example, a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.
Tips to Keep in mind
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about
- Land transactions
- Adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
- 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 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by the court or local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
|FHL Place United States, New Jersey, Middlesex items or FHL Keyword New Jersey, Middlesex items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see New Jersey Archives and Libraries.|
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Citation for This Collection
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.
- "New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Surrogate Court, New Brunswick.
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