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Title in the Language of the Record

Deutschland, Preußen, Brandenburg, Testaments- und Nachlaßakten

Record Description

This collection contains Probate records from the Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv in Potsdam, Germany. This collection consists of probated wills which will often provide names of family members and their relationships to the testator. The collection covers the years 1796 to 1853. These records are in German.

Record Content

Probate records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Death date and place
  • Probate date and place
  • Names of heirs (spouse and children)
  • Witnesses
  • List of property or estate inventory
  • Monies exchanged or transacted

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Death date
  • Residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Letter and Will Number" category which takes you to the images.


Search the collection by image 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.


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For Help Reading These Records

These records are in German. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, land ownership or a parish of residence. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Germany, Preußen, Brandenburg items or FHL Keyword Germany, Preußen, Brandenburg items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Germany Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered. 

Related Websites

Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv

Related Wiki Articles

Germany

Contributions to This Article

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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: Germany, Brandenburg, Berlin, Probate Records, 1796-1853

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

"Deutschland, Preußen, Brandenburg, Testaments- und Nachlaßakten 1796-1853." Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 2013. Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv, Potsdam.
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