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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
 
This Collection will include records from 1629 to 1971.<br>
 
  
 
The records are images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time. Records in this collection include:  
 
The records are images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time. Records in this collection include:  
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*Judicial statements
 
*Judicial statements
  
New York has a complicated history regarding the recording of probates. Before 1787, probates were handled by a variety of courts whose jurisdictions changed often.&nbsp;
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Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix:
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*Legal responsibility for payment of taxes
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*Care and custody of dependent family members
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*Liquidation of debts
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*Transfer of property title to heirs
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These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information.
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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.
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[[New York 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  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
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Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_91.jpg|Application for Probate
 
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_91.jpg|Application for Probate
 
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_92.jpg|Summons
 
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_92.jpg|Summons
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the County ⇒ Select the Volume Title and Year which takes you to the images.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
  
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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*Name of your ancestor  
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*Identifying information such as age, place of residence or names of other family members
  
When you begin your search, it is helpful to know the following:
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
*The place of residence
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To search the collection:<br> ⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒ Select the "County" category <br> ⇒ Select the "Volume Title and Year" category which takes you to the images.
*The approximate death or probate date
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*The name of the deceased
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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.  
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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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*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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=== 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:  
  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*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 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 employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
*Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about
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:Land transactions
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:adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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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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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
  
Keep in mind:
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|New York, Probate Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[New York Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[New York Genealogy]].}}
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=== General Information About These Records  ===
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New York has a complicated history regarding the recording of probates. Before 1787, probates were handled by a variety of courts whose jurisdictions changed often.&nbsp;
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Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix:
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*Legal responsibility for payment of taxes
 +
*Care and custody of dependent family members
 +
*Liquidation of debts
 +
*Transfer of property title to heirs
 +
 
 +
These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information.  
  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1920234/waypoints New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971]
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== Citations for This Collection  ==
  
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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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.  
  
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[edit] Record Description

The records are images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time. Records in this collection include:

  • Wills
  • Executor and administrator accounts
  • Petitions
  • Administrators bonds
  • Oaths to inventory and other loose papers
  • Appraiser appointments and letters
  • Guardianship letters
  • Real estate decrees and sales
  • Letters testamentary
  • Books of dower
  • Registers and indexes of undertaking
  • Judicial statements
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York Probate Records,1629-1971.

[edit] Record Content

Information that my be found in the records include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Age or birth date
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children, parents, siblings, or other relatives
  • Adoption or guardianships
  • Neighbors and associates
  • Residence
  • Occupations

[edit] How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Identifying information such as age, place of residence or names of other family members

[edit] Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Volume Title and Year" category 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.

[edit] 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 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 employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about
Land transactions
adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents

[edit] 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 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.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.

[edit] Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

[edit] General Information About These Records

New York has a complicated history regarding the recording of probates. Before 1787, probates were handled by a variety of courts whose jurisdictions changed often. 

Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix:

  • Legal responsibility for payment of taxes
  • Care and custody of dependent family members
  • Liquidation of debts
  • Transfer of property title to heirs

These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

[edit] Known Issues with This Collection

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[edit] 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:

"New York Probate Records, 1629-1971." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Surrogate Courts in New York. County courthouses, New York.

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 New York Probate Records, 1629-1971.

 

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