Kentucky Probate Records

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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, 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 probate process,&nbsp;types of probate records,&nbsp;analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/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 [[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 [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/United_States_Probate_Records United States Probate Records].  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
A brief history of the settlement and boundary changes of Kentucky&nbsp;and the resultant effects on record keeping&nbsp;can be&nbsp;found on [http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=History_of_Kentucky Ancestry]. ($)
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A brief history of the settlement and boundary changes of Kentucky&nbsp;and the resultant effects on record keeping&nbsp;can be&nbsp;found on [http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=History_of_Kentucky Ancestry].($)
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*A discussion of Kentucky Probate Records written by Wendy Bebout Elliott&nbsp;for ''Red book: American State, County, and Town Sources'' can be found at [http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kentucky_Probate_Records Ancestry]. ($)
  
 
== State Statutes  ==
 
== State Statutes  ==
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Understanding the&nbsp;Kentucky probate laws and how they changed over time can help us learn how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed and might help to solve difficult genealogical problems.
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Additional information about&nbsp;Kentucky state statutes relating to probate matters can be found at law libraries. Online digital versions of state statutes can often be found by conducting a search engine search for the term, "Kentucky statutes."
  
 
== Repositories  ==
 
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Bood J of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1780-88);contains some wills and inventories. It can be found under the subject of Kentucky - Land and property in the FHL catalog:<br>Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook.&nbsp;''Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books'' Evansville, Indiana: Cook Publications, 1985. {{FHL|269371|item}}, book 976.9 R2c v.2. H-N.<br><br>
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Bood J of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1780-88) contains some wills and inventories. It can be found under the subject of Kentucky - Land and property in the FHL catalog:<br>Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook.&nbsp;''Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books'' Evansville, Indiana: Cook Publications, 1985. {{FHL|269371|item}}, book 976.9 R2c v.2. H-N.<br><br>
  
 
== Learn More  ==
 
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*:Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives<br>300 Coffee Tree Road<br>Frankfort, KY 40601<br>Tel: 502-564-8300<br>[http://www.kdla.ky.gov/ Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives]<br>See specifically the section on [http://kdla.kyvl.org/vwebv/searchResults?searchId=6&recPointer=0&recCount=10 Probate records.]<br><br>
 
*:Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives<br>300 Coffee Tree Road<br>Frankfort, KY 40601<br>Tel: 502-564-8300<br>[http://www.kdla.ky.gov/ Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives]<br>See specifically the section on [http://kdla.kyvl.org/vwebv/searchResults?searchId=6&recPointer=0&recCount=10 Probate records.]<br><br>
 
*A discussion of Kentucky Probate Records written by Wendy Bebout Elliott&nbsp;for ''Red book: American State, County, and Town Sources'' can be found at [http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kentucky_Probate_Records Ancestry]. ($)
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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Contents

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.”[1] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, 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 the probate process, types of probate records, analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see United States Probate Records.

History

A brief history of the settlement and boundary changes of Kentucky and the resultant effects on record keeping can be found on Ancestry.($)

  • A discussion of Kentucky Probate Records written by Wendy Bebout Elliott for Red book: American State, County, and Town Sources can be found at Ancestry. ($)

State Statutes

Understanding the Kentucky probate laws and how they changed over time can help us learn how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed and might help to solve difficult genealogical problems.

Additional information about Kentucky state statutes relating to probate matters can be found at law libraries. Online digital versions of state statutes can often be found by conducting a search engine search for the term, "Kentucky statutes."

Repositories

Local

  • Probate records of Kentucky are kept by the county clerk.

Regional

National

  • The Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah Kentucky probate records available on microfilm. For collection details see the Family History Library Catalog. Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Kentucky county. Then look for topics labeled "Probate Records" or "Guardianship."

Statewide Record Collections

  • Index to Kentucky Wills to 1851, the Testators. Salt Lake City, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1979. FHL Collection, book 976.9 P22i.;This index shows the testator’s name, county, year of the will, volume, and page number.
  • King, Junie Estelle Stewart. Abstract[s] of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories. 1933; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1961. FHL Collection, book 976.9 P28k; film 897212 item 5; fiche 6051356. Includes surname index. Digital version at Ancestry ($).





Bood J of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1780-88) contains some wills and inventories. It can be found under the subject of Kentucky - Land and property in the FHL catalog:
Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook. Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books Evansville, Indiana: Cook Publications, 1985. FHL Collection, book 976.9 R2c v.2. H-N.

Learn More

Published Materials

  • Bennett, R. Terry, Sean E. Mumaw and National Business Business Institute. Kentucky Probate: Beyond the Basics. Eau Claire, WI : NBI, Inc., ©2005. WorldCat entry.

Websites

References

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