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== Record Description  ==
 
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This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.  
 
This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.  
  
For a list of records by name range and date currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1386085/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Probate Court. Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta.}}  
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County, probate records, 5428931 59.jpg|Guardian's Bond
 
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Estate Inventory (page 1) GDS 5428935_15.jpg|Estate Inventory (page 1)
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*The name of the deceased  
 
*The name of the deceased  
*The approximate death or probate date  
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*Identifying information such as the approximate death and place or probate date  
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To search the collection:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Document Type" link which takes you to the images.  
 
To search the collection:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Document Type" link 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.  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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=== 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:  
 
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:  
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*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records.
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*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.  
 
*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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*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 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.
  
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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[https://www.maineprobate.net/Kennebec.html Kennebec County Probate Register&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1351099181479_149" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1351099181479_604" />]  
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[https://www.maineprobate.net/Kennebec.html Kennebec County Probate Register]  
  
 
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[[Maine Probate Records|Maine Probate Records]]  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:26, 13 January 2015

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

Contents

Record Description

This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915.

Record Content

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Information in entries 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 is often written near time of death)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as the approximate death and place or probate date

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type" link which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.

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.
  • 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 records or military records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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 also died in the same county. 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.
  • Probate records often have information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents. Be aware that the spouse named may not be the parent of the children listed.
  • The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Kennebec County Probate Register

Related Wiki Articles

Maine Probate Records

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Probate Court. Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for titleimage.

 

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