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== Record Synopsis  ==
 
== Record Synopsis  ==
  
Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, [[United States Probate Wills|wills]], bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. For further information about&nbsp;the [[United States Probate Process|probate process]],&nbsp;types of probate records,&nbsp;[[Analyzing United States Probate Records|analyzing probate records]], and to access a [[Glossary of United States Probate Terms|glossary]] of probate terms, see [[United States Probate Records|United States Probate Records]].
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Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, [[United States Probate Wills|wills]], bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. For further information about&nbsp;the [[United States Probate Process|probate process]],&nbsp;types of probate records,&nbsp;[[Analyzing United States Probate Records|analyzing probate records]], and to access a [[Glossary of United States Probate Terms|glossary]] of probate terms, see [[United States Probate Records|United States Probate Records]].  
  
 
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Copies of some county probate records are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]] and microfilm reels of these[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/microfilmindex.htm records can be ordered].
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Copies of some county probate records are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]] and microfilm reels of these[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/microfilmindex.htm records can be ordered].  
  
 
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Contents

Online Records

Historical Record Collections (5 fiche). Records are arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased. They show the year and county of the probate and the location of the record. A key to symbols for the counties and locations appears at the front of the book. Free Lookups Available!

  • Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Tennessee Genealogical Records, vols. 3, 5, 6. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. FHL Film 599551 Items 2-4.

  • "Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965" ($) database, Ancestry ($) has divorce, court and probate records from only the counties of Anderson, Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Franklin, Haywood, Henderson, Obion, Tipton, and Willilamson. The record types and years covered varies with each county.The record types and years covered varies with each county.

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Published Materials

  • Allen, Malinda C. and National Business Institute. Beyond the Basics : Strategies for Solving Probate Issues and Challenges in Tennessee. Eau Claire, WI : National Business Institute, ©2005. WorldCat 70166748
  • Bradford, Gail Smith and National Business Institute. Tennessee Probate: Beyond the Basics. Eau Claire, WI : National Business Institute, 2004.WorldCat 55647959

Websites

  • Additional probate record information and sources can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

TENNESSEE - PROBATE RECORDS TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS

References

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

  1. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."