Vermont, Addison County, New Haven District Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page
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The collection consists of probate estate files of the Addison District located at Administrator Services, Montpelier, Vermont. It covers the years 1812 to 1915.
The records usually contain the following information:
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will was usually written near the time of death)
- Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need know the name of the deceased and some other identifying information such as death date and place.
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the County and District⇒ Select the “NHP Number, Name Range, File Number and Year Range” 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.
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 occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Probate records may contain information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
- The files may give information about land transactions.
- You may want to 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. Keep in mind that wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
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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.
- "Vermont, Addison County, New Haven District Probate Records, 1812-1915." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Supreme Court of Vermont. Addison County, New Haven District Probate Records. Administrator Services. Montpelier, Vermont.
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