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{{FamilySearch Collection|CID=CID1875188 |title=Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977|location=United States}}<br>
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{{FamilySearch Collection|CID=CID1875188 |title=Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990|location=United States}}<br>  
 
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== Collection Time Period  ==
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Records in this collection are for the years 1792 to 1977.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes. These records were generally known as a case file or probate packet. These files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates.  
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The collection consists of an index of probate records created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records.&nbsp; This is an ongoing project and records will be published as they become available. When the collection is complete it will contain records from 1727-1990.  
  
 
Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:  
 
Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:  
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Wills are normally transcribed into a bound volume.  
 
Wills are normally transcribed into a bound volume.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1875188/waypoints Browse].
  
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Genealogical facts found in entries include:
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FamilySearch just began indexing this browse collection. The project is a pilot. Indexers will be indexing the volume level indexes. Today users can search the following counties by name and link to the index page. In the near future users will be able to search the indexed names and will be linked directly to the first page of the probate. The following is what has been indexed by county.  
  
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| County
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| # of Indexed Records
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| Years Covered
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| Caldwell<span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>
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| <span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span" />3,669<span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>
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| 1809-1968
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| Henry<span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>
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| <span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span" />3,078<span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>
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| 1800-1910
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| Hickman<span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>
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| <span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span" />3,098
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| In process
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| Russell
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| <span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span" />1,728
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| In process
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| Trimble
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| <span style="white-space: pre;" class="Apple-tab-span" />858
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| In process
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Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.<br>
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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= "Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
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[[Kentucky Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Probate records may include: petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in this collection may include:
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*The name of the deceased
 
*The name of the deceased
  
Compare the information in the records 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.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
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.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
  
For example:  
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To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select "County" <br> ⇒Select "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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=== Using the Information  ===
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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. For example:  
  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
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*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.  
 
*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 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 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.
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*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.
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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.
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Keep in mind:
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
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*Probate record may include informatio about land transactions.
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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.
 
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.  
 
*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.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*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:
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created. Until the establishment of separate probate courts in 1852, probate records were kept in the Courts of Common Pleas.
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs that were under the age of twenty-one or incompetent due to disease or disability.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members, those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned. Some wills do not name family members.
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through these images in this collection and click on, "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1875188/waypoints Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990]
  
 
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.  
 
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]].
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==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
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"Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977" digital images, ''FamilySearch,'' ([https://www.familysearch.org] : accessed 9 September 2011), Darz Anderson, will probated 7 March 1878; Jefferson; Will records 2887-1894, vol.18; image 8; County Clerk, Jefferson County, Louisville. Kentucky, United States.
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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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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<!--bibdescbegin-->Kentucky. Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977. Index from various county clerks throughout Kentucky. FHL microfilm, 956 reels, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records 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.  
  
 
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index of probate records created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records.  This is an ongoing project and records will be published as they become available. When the collection is complete it will contain records from 1727-1990.

Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:

  • Accounts
  • Administrations
  • Appraisals
  • Minutes
  • Petitions
  • Guardianships
  • Inventories
  • Settlements

Wills are normally transcribed into a bound volume.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

FamilySearch just began indexing this browse collection. The project is a pilot. Indexers will be indexing the volume level indexes. Today users can search the following counties by name and link to the index page. In the near future users will be able to search the indexed names and will be linked directly to the first page of the probate. The following is what has been indexed by county.

County # of Indexed Records Years Covered
Caldwell 3,669 1809-1968
Henry 3,078 1800-1910
Hickman 3,098 In process
Russell 1,728 In process
Trimble 858 In process


Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.

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.

"Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Probate records may include: petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in this collection may include:

  • 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
  • Document 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 search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "County"
⇒Select "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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.
  • 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 record may include informatio about land transactions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through these images in this collection and click on, "Show Citation" box: Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990

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.