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Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. [1] [2]

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  2. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.



These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the {{{1}}} County Surrogate Court.