Colorado, Denver County, Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection consists of probate case files [beginning with case number 6407] acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. "Some of the packets were restricted or missing at the time of filming. Colorado restricts probate records containing insanity records and adoption material."  
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This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1925.<br>
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The collection consists of probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407.
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Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.
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For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/2015591/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925." Index Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Clerk of the County Court. State Archives, Denver.}}
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<br> [[Colorado, Denver County, Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying appropriate information here.''
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Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745136 47.jpg|Probate Example #1
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Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745137 48.jpg|Probate Example #2
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</gallery> Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Genealogical facts found in entries include:
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*Name of testator or deceased
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*Date of decedent's death
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*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
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*Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
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*Names of witnesses
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*Residence of testator
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*Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying appropriate information here.''  
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'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*The place of residence
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*The approximate death or probate date
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*The name of the deceased
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.''
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the ''"Document Type"''<br>⇒Select the ''"Case File Number and Year Range"'' which takes you to the images.
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to other related wiki articles here.''
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There is an index available in this collection. The index is located under Document Type. Find your ancestor's name and look for the packet number. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection. Probate papers are quite lengthy, so there re a number of pages for each packet number.  
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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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.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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'''For example:'''
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Colorado. Denver County Probate Court. Probate Case Files, 1900-1925. Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado. <!--bibdescend-->
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*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.  
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*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records, since the probates exist for an earlier time period.  
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
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*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*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.
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*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/probate/ Colorado State Archives]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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[[Colorado Probate Records]]  
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
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''The following are examples of records found in different collections. Please help us by replacing these examples with a citation for a record you have found in this collection.''
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch ([[https://www.familysearch.org]]: 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; from Delaware, State Marriage Records 23 November 1913, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover; FHL microfilm 2,025,063.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” database and digital images, FamilySearch ([[https://www.familysearch.org]]: 21 March 2011), Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, 1880; from La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal, San Salvador.
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''When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to one of the following:''
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*“Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection” in Heading style 5 for a single citation
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“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
*“Citation Examples for Records Found in This Collection” in Heading style 5 for more than one citation example
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Revision as of 21:46, 1 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1925.

The collection consists of probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407.

Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.

For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

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.

"Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925." Index Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Clerk of the County Court. State Archives, Denver.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Genealogical facts found in entries include:
  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Date of decedent's death
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)

How to Use the Record

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

  • The place of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date
  • The name of the deceased

Search the Collection

To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type"
⇒Select the "Case File Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

There is an index available in this collection. The index is located under Document Type. Find your ancestor's name and look for the packet number. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection. Probate papers are quite lengthy, so there re a number of pages for each packet number.

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of 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.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
  • 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.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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 the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Colorado Probate Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.