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== <center>Known Issues</center>  ==
 
== <center>Known Issues</center>  ==
  
'''NOTE:''' FamilySearch has made every effort to copy all available records. If you find a volume missing you may contact the appropriate county clerk’s office to see if the records are available. The phone numbers and addresses of the offices can typically be found by doing an online search.  
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'''NOTE''': FamilySearch has made every effort to copy all available records. If a volume is found to be missing, contact the appropriate county clerk’s office to see if the records are available. The phone numbers and addresses of the offices can typically be found by doing an online search.  
  
'''Question #1''': I am seeing images that are blurred an unreadable. How can I view these images?<br>'''Answer #1''': In many cases the image was refilmed on the next image. Check to see if that is the case. If not, the microfilm can be checked to see if the image is clear on the original filming. You can check the catalog for the film in question and order (See [[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche]] ) it into a [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator FamilySearch Center] near you for viewing.  
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'''NOTE''': To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=How-to-use-Film-Notes-in-the-Catalog-to-determine-the-content-of-a-final-browse-point-in-Historical-Records-1381815339975&lang=en Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000)].  
  
'''Question #2''': While searching '''Chautauqua''' County I find that what is listed as Wills is actually Probate of Wills. Which are Records of Wills and which are Probate of Wills?<br>'''Answer #2''': The following files should be listed as Probate of Wills:  
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'''NOTE''': Most missing records are available on microfilm. See [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Order-a-microfilm-or-microfiche-using-the-Online-Film-Ordering-website-1381815259891&lang=en_US Ordering a microfilm or microfiche (55678)]. To view films, see [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Find-a-family-history-center-near-you-1381814881199&lang=en_US Finding a family history center near you (54018)].
  
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'''Question #1''': Some records are missing. Where can the records be viewed?<br>'''Answer #1''': See answers below for information about known missing records and respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:<br>
  
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*Dutchess &gt; Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5425-5832 is missing images 173-1444 which contain the records 5464-5832. The images are located on Film 925809.
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*Dutchess &gt; Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5833-6081, 6087-6130, 6082-6086, 6131-6223 is missing images 1202-1315 which contain the records 6191- 6223. The images are located on Film 925810.
| Wills, v. 3-4 1863-1872
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*Dutchess &gt; Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 7845-8216 is missing images 965-1454 which contain the records 8069-8216. The images are located on Film 925815.
| Wills, v. 12 1891-1893
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*Dutchess &gt; Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 11672-12004 is missing Images 365-1443 which contain the records 11773-12004. The images are located on Film 925826.
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*Dutchess &gt; Probates 1793-1868 packets 1080-1165 is missing images 276-891, which includes part of packet 1103 through packet 1165. The images are located on Film 925573.
| Wills, v. 5-6 1872-1879
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*Saratoga &gt; Wills, vol 7-9 1826-1836 can be found in Wills 1791-1799, 1826-1836 vol 7-9.
| Wills, v. 13 1893-1895
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*Wyoming &gt; Wills V. 1-2 1841-1859 is missing some pages which can be viewed on Film 817092.
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| Wills, v. 7-8 1879-1884
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| Wills, v. 14 1895-1897
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| Wills, v. 9-10 1884-1889
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| Wills, v. 15 1897-1899
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| Wills, v. 11 1889-1891
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| Wills, v. 16 1899-1901
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The following are Records of Wills:  
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'''Question #2''': The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. How can I determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection? <br>'''Answer #2''': The list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range existing in the collection:
  
:Wills, v. 1-3 1830-1877<br>Wills, v. 4 1866-1870 <br>Wills, v. 5-6 1870-1878
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*'''Chautauqua''' &gt; Wills below should all be listed as Probate of Wills.
  
'''Question #3''': I find the following problems with Dutchess County in the General index 1751-1934 A-D, E-K, L-R, and S–Z: <br>
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::Wills, v. 3-4 1863-1872
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::Wills, v. 12 1891-1893
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::Wills, v. 5-6 1872-1879
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::Wills, v. 13 1893-1895
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::Wills, v. 7-8 1879-1884
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::Wills, v. 14 1895-1897
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::Wills, v. 9-10 1884-1889
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::Wills, v. 15 1897-1899
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::Wills, v. 11 1889-1891
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::Wills, v. 16 1899-1901
  
*The left side of the page containing the First and Last names of the individual has been cut off.  
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*'''Dutchess''' &gt; Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5833-6081, 6087-6130, 6082-6086, 6131-6223: The browse point should read as Ancient documents 5833-6081, 6087-6223.  
*There are also missing images in these browse points.
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*'''Erie''' &gt; Estate index 1800-1929 A-B through Estate index 1800-1929 W-Z contain title boards that show both Niagara County Courthouse and Erie County Surrogate Court. The records are all from '''Erie''' County.
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*'''Monroe''' &gt; Letters below should all be located under '''Madison''' County.
  
Is there a way to view these records?<br>'''Answer #3''': The book containing these records is an oversized volume. The right side of the page was scanned and then the left side was scanned. What makes going through the images confusing is that there are several duplicates and at times the first half of the image follows the second half. For example Image 15 is actually the second half of the record and image 17 is the first half of the record with image 16 being a duplicate of image 15.<br>'''The workaround''': The best way to search these records at this time is by looking at the page number found in the upper right corner of the page on the right. Then look for the number, located in the “Filing Box #” column found on the immediate right of the “Surname” column, and comparing it with the previous or following image. This will show whether the image is the left side of the record, the right side or a duplicate of either.<br>In most cases the missing images were missing at the time of filming and are not available for viewing online or through viewing the original microfilm. Among those missing are pages 303 and 305 in Dutchess Co, NY General Index, E-K, 1751-1934
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::Letters of Testamentary 1885-1894
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::Letters of Testamentary 1847-1870 vol B-C
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::Letters of Testamentary 1875-1885
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::Letters of Testamentary 1894-1899
  
'''Question #4''': Can you clarify what the “Ancient Documents” are in the '''Dutchess''' County browse point?<br>'''Answer #4''': According to the catalog, these includes probate records, warrants for arrest, court cases, statements of debt, bonds, etc. They are included in this collection without further breaking down in an effort to give patrons access to them as quickly as possible. In time, with indexing and other fine tuning, they will be separated out into other browse points. But for now, they are browseable as is.  
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*'''New York''' &gt; Wills 1698-1703 vol 41035 should read as Wills 1698-1703 Vol 5-6.
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*'''New York''' &gt; Wills 1724-1733 should read as Wills 1724-1733 Vol 10-11.
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*'''New York''' &gt; Miscellaneous probate records 1800-1830 year span should be 1800-1839.
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*'''New York''' &gt; Letters of administration 1795-1798 vol 5 and Letters of Administration 1798-1800 vol 6 both contain the same set of records with a year span of 1795-1800.
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*'''New York''' &gt; Letters of Administration 1808-1811 volume 10 contain records from volumes 9 and 11. Many sections of the browse points for Letters of Administration contain files from other years. The misfiled letters are grouped together in chronological order. Search adjacent file folders. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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*'''New York''' &gt; Petitions and accounts 1803-1888 should read as Miscellaneous Probate Records surnames C, 1856-1865.
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*'''Schenectady''' &gt; Wills 1909-1917 vol Q should be listed as Wills 1909-1917 vol Q-S
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*'''St. Lawrence''' County contains three browse points below with the same images from Film 1571566.
  
'''Question #5''': In the '''Erie''' County &gt; Estate index 1800-1929 A-B through Estate index 1800-1929 W-Z browse points, the title boards show Niagara County Courthouse as well as Erie County Surrogate Court. To which county do these records belong?<br>'''Answer #5''': These records are all from '''Erie''' County and are located in the correct browse point
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::Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary 1903-1905 vol 14,
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::Letters of guardianship 1913-1927 vol 6
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::Wills 1915-1916 vol 49.
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:Each browse point contains the entire film, subdivided as  
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::Item 1: Wills, v. 49 (from p.50) 1915-1916 starting on image 3 to 328 of 939.
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::Item 2: Letters of guardianship, v. 6 1913-1927 starting on image 329 to 696 of 939.
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::Item 3: Letters test. &amp; admin. v. 14 (to p.472) 1903-1905 starting on image 697 to 939 of 939.
  
'''Question #6''': I am finding '''Madison''' County records in'''Monroe''' County. Can you clarify the correct location of these records? <br>'''Answer #6''': <br>
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*'''Ulster''' &gt; Wills 1787-1822 vol 1-2 are records from the Ulster County Surrogate Court, and not from Queens County.
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*'''Wyoming''' &gt; Will below are all the actual Original Wills, and not the Record of Wills.
  
*The '''Madison''' County Dower records were mistakenly placed in '''Monroe''' County. You will find them listed in the file titled: '''Monroe''' &gt; Dower Records 1830-1880. We do not have Dower records for Monroe County.
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::Wills 1841-1866 vol 1
*The Letters of Testamentary for '''Madison''' County were incorrectly filed with the records from '''Monroe''' County. The following Letters of Testamentary filed in Monroe County are for Madison County.
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::Wills 1866-1883 vol 1
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::Wills 1884-1885 vol 2
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::Wills 1885-1893 vol 2
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::Wills 1893-1894 vol 2
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::Wills 1895-1900 vol 3
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::Wills 1890-1900 vol 3
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:The other browse points marked Wills are Record of Wills which is a record of proceedings and transcribed wills, and is much more comprehensive with many recorded wills. The browse points entitled Petitions, Probate Records are Petitions, Proofs of Wills.
  
:#Letters of Testamentary 1885-1894<br>  
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'''Question #3''': How can I better view some images?<br>'''Answer #3''': Check to see if the image has been re-filmed. If not, order the microfilm. Other image problems and solutions include:<br>  
:#Letters of Testamentary 1847-1870 vol B-C<br>
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:#Letters of Testamentary 1875-1885<br>
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:#Letters of Testamentary 1894-1899<br>  
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:#Letters of Testamentary 1806-1890
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'''Question #7''': When searching '''New York''' County Letters of Administration 1808-1811 volume 10, I find images from volume 11 and volume 9. How can I find the records I am searching for?<br>'''Answer #7''': Many of the sections labeled as Letters of Administration contain files from years other than those listed. Each document has a date near the end of the letter which can be helpful as you browse through these records. It would be wise to search the adjacent file folders if you cannot find the letter you are searching for. The misfiled letters appear to be grouped together in chronological order and are mixed in throughout the files. We apologize for the difficulty this causes when searching these records.  
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*'''Ontario '''&gt; Wills 1795-1814 Vol. 1-5 were filmed in the original condition, with upside down pages, and pages numbered in reverse order.  
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*'''Saratoga''' &gt; Wills for 1888-1890 images are very light. Use the zoom or image tools to make the image more legible.
  
'''Question #8''': Can you clarify what is located at the browse points '''New York''' &gt; Wills 1698-1703 vol 41035 and Wills 1724-1733 vol 41193?<br>'''Answer #8''': The browse point '''New York''' &gt; Wills 1698-1703 vol 41035 should read Wills 1698-1703 Vol 5-6, and the browse point New York &gt; Wills 1724-1733 should read Wills 1724-1733 Vol 10-11.  
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'''Question #4''': How can I best search through the records found in the Dutchess County browse points for the general indexes 1751-1934 A-Z? <br>'''Answer #4''': Each page’s image contains a portion of the previous or next page. The best way to search the general indexes is by looking at the page number found in either the upper left or upper right of the image, and compare with the previous or following image. The page numbers indicate whether the image is the left or right side of the record, or a duplicate page. Missing images are not available on the original microfilm.  
  
'''Question #9''': There are different types of will records in '''New York '''County. Can you clarify these?<br>'''Answer #9''': The original will books -Wills and Administrations (New York County, New York), 1680-1804 were NOT complete with recording of wills. The 2nd type is from the Record of Wills, 1665-1916; index to wills, 1662-1923 (New York County) and is much more comprehensive with many recorded wills not found in other set. The originals are Wills and Administrations. The 2nd set –Record of Wills- has wills only, NO administrations. The following sets are Wills and Administrations:<br>
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'''Question #5''': Can you clarify what the “Ancient Documents” are in the Dutchess County browse points?<br>'''Answer #5''': According to the Catalog, the Ancient Documents include probate records, warrants for arrest, court cases, statements of debt, and bonds. Some documents are filmed out of numerical order. '''Question #6''': What are the different types of will records in '''New York''' County?<br>'''Answer #6''': Two types of will records are in New York County:  
  
:Wills v. 3-4 1684-1694 <br> Wills 1698-1703 Vol 41035 <br> Wills 1710-1716 Vol 8 <br> Wills 1724-1733 Vol 41193 <br> Wills 1730-1740 Vol 11-13<br>
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*Wills and Administrations (New York County, New York), 1680-1804 in the Catalog are the original will books and are not complete. Browse points Included are:
  
The other sets marked Wills are from the Record of Wills.
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::Wills 1684-1694 vol 3-4
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::Wills 1698-1703 Vol 41035
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::Wills 1710-1716 Vol 8*
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::Wills 1724-1733 Vol 41193
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::Wills 1730-1740 Vol 11-13
  
In the browse point Wills, v. 8 1710-1716 in the '''New York''' County the two types of records have been loaded together. The first part of the folder is original wills from Wills and Administrations with NO index in front (they're in the back of the original wills, beginning at image 228). The Records of Wills begins at image #237.  
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New York &gt; Wills 1710-1716 vol 8 contains both types of records. The first images are Wills and Administrations with an index beginning at Image 228. The Records of Wills begins at Image 237.<br>
  
'''Question #10''': In '''Ontario'''&gt; Wills 1795-1814 Vol. 1-5 there are pages which are upside down and some images in reverse order. Can this be corrected?<br>'''Answer #10''': This is not a filming error. In the original record there are upside down images and some of the pages were numbered in reverse order.  
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*Record of Wills, 1665-1916; index to wills, 1662-1923 (New York County) in the Catalog contains only wills, and no administration. The remaining browse points marked Wills are record of wills, and are more comprehensive with many recorded wills that are not found in other sets.
  
'''Question #11''': There are duplicate records in the browse points '''Oswego''' County &gt; Guardianship Index 1847-1905 and Oswego County&gt; Guardianship Index 1873-1892, and the dates do not match the contents with the browse points names. Can you explain this? <br>'''Answer #11''': Though the images are the same in both browse points, the title boards have them labeled differently. They were filmed at different times. The images in the browse point Oswego County &gt; Guardianship Index 1873-1892 were filmed first. There are no dates on any of the images so it isn’t possible to verify the exact dates of the records at this point. Images 3-127 are duplicates of images 5-117 in the browse point Oswego County &gt; Guardianship Index 1847-1905, that are shown to be from 1896-1905 on the title board image. There is an additional set of records in this browse point on images 121-161 that are shown as a Guardian index from 1881-1891.<br>The Catalog identifies the images in '''Oswego''' County &gt; Guardianship Index 1847-1905 to be from film 0872925 (DGS 5116309) and titled Guardian Indexes 1847-1905. It identifies the images in '''Oswego''' County &gt; Guardianship Index 1873-1892 to be from film #0866847 (DGS 5116275) Item 2- images 85-212, and titled Guardian Index.
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'''Question #12''': The images for '''Saratoga''' Wills for 1888-1890 are light. Is there a way to improve the legibility of these images?<br>'''Answer #12''': When you find that images are too light, it sometimes helps to view the negative of the image. This is done by clicking on the word ‘Invert” found on the dark gray bar just above the image. In addition, clicking on the + by the word Zoom, found in that same dark gray bar, can enlarge the image and make it more legible.  
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If additional problems are encountered with the collection, you can report them at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. <br>
  
'''Question #13''': I am looking for the '''Saratoga''' &gt; Wills, vol 7-9 1826-1836. Can you tell me where to find them?<br>'''Answer #13''': These records are online, but are listed out of that sequence because they also have Wills for 1791-1799. Look for them in the Wills 1791-1799, 1826-1836 vol 7-9 browse point.  
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*If browsing the collection: please include the full browse path you used to get to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the image viewer window. <br>For example:'''New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 &gt; Albany &gt; Wills 1929-1802 vol AA-AB &gt; Image 27 of 854'''
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*For technical issues: please include operating system and browser version.
  
'''Question #14'''<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">: When searching </span>'''Saratoga'''<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> &gt; Index 1799-1893 vol 1 the type of record images jump around. Can you clarify the records in this browse point?</span><br>'''Answer #14''': There are records as follow from two films:
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Return to the [[New York Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New York Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Learn More page.  
  
*Images 1-1023 are Letters of Administration Books 12-14, 1909-1929 - (This is a duplicate to the records in the browse point Letters of administration 1909-1929 vol 12-14)
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Return to the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1920234 New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971] collection at FamilySearch.org.<br>  
*Images 1024-1133 are Index to Wills v. 1, 1799-1883 – (There are duplicates of these records in each of the browse points above and below as they share the films.)
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*Images 1134-End are Record of Wills 1941-1943 v. 41-42 1905-1911 – (This is a duplicate to the records in the browse point Wills 1905-1911 vol 41-43)<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">.</span>
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'''Question #15''': I am looking for Wills in '''St. Lawrence''' County for the years 1905-1910. Can you clarify what records you have for these years?<br>'''Answer #15''': The browse point '''St. Lawrence''' &gt; Wills 1905-1910 vol 37 has been labeled incorrectly. It contains Wills vol 37-39.
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'''Question #16''': Can you clarify the correct location of the records in the browse point Ulster &gt; Wills 1787-1822 vol 1-2?<br>'''Answer #16''': The records in the browse point Ulster &gt; Wills 1787-1822 vol 1-2 are records from the Ulster County Surrogate Court as shown in the catalog for these records. They are housed at Queens College in Queens County, Flushing, New York.
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'''Question #17''': A search in '''Westchester''' County for Wills and Letters brings up the images for the records of the wrong person. How can I view the correct images? <br>'''Answer #17''': The only way to view these images currently is to order film # 1562406 and view it at your local [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Family History Center]. See [[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche]].
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'''Question #18''': In '''Wyoming''' County there are some missing pages in the Wills V. 1-2 1841-1859 browse point. Are they available to view somewhere?<br>'''Answer #18''': Some pages were missed in the digitization of these records. The only way to view these images currently is to order the film #0817092 and view it at your local [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator FamilySearch Center]. We recommend you call ahead to verify if they have the equipment for viewing the film and their hours of operation.
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'''Question #19''': There are different types of will records in '''Wyoming''' County. Can you clarify these?<br>'''Answer #19''': The two types of records are the actual Original Wills, and the Record of Wills which is a record of proceedings AND transcribed wills, and is much more comprehensive with many recorded wills NOT found in other set. The Original Wills are found in the following browse points:
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:Wills 1841-1866 vol 1 <br> Wills 1866-1883 vol 1 <br> Wills 1884-1885 vol 2 <br> Wills 1885-1893 vol 2 <br> Wills 1893-1894 vol 2 <br> Wills 1895-1900 vol 3<br> Wills 1890-1900 vol 3
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The other browse points marked Wills are Record of Wills.<br>The browse points titled Petitions, Probate Records are Petitions, Proofs of Wills.<br>
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If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the following information:
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*If '''browsing''' this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.<br>For example: '''New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 &gt; Albany &gt; Wills 1929-1802 vol AA-AB &gt; Image 27 of 854'''.
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*If you are '''reporting''' a technical issue, please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows XP and Internet Explorer.
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Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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Return to the [[New York Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New York Probate Records (FamilySeearch Hisotrical Records)]] Learn More page.
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Return to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1920234 New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 ] collection at FamilySearch.org.<br>
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Known Issues

NOTE: FamilySearch has made every effort to copy all available records. If a volume is found to be missing, contact the appropriate county clerk’s office to see if the records are available. The phone numbers and addresses of the offices can typically be found by doing an online search.

NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000).

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering a microfilm or microfiche (55678). To view films, see Finding a family history center near you (54018).

Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can the records be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Dutchess > Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5425-5832 is missing images 173-1444 which contain the records 5464-5832. The images are located on Film 925809.
  • Dutchess > Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5833-6081, 6087-6130, 6082-6086, 6131-6223 is missing images 1202-1315 which contain the records 6191- 6223. The images are located on Film 925810.
  • Dutchess > Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 7845-8216 is missing images 965-1454 which contain the records 8069-8216. The images are located on Film 925815.
  • Dutchess > Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 11672-12004 is missing Images 365-1443 which contain the records 11773-12004. The images are located on Film 925826.
  • Dutchess > Probates 1793-1868 packets 1080-1165 is missing images 276-891, which includes part of packet 1103 through packet 1165. The images are located on Film 925573.
  • Saratoga > Wills, vol 7-9 1826-1836 can be found in Wills 1791-1799, 1826-1836 vol 7-9.
  • Wyoming > Wills V. 1-2 1841-1859 is missing some pages which can be viewed on Film 817092.

Question #2: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. How can I determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #2: The list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range existing in the collection:

  • Chautauqua > Wills below should all be listed as Probate of Wills.
Wills, v. 3-4 1863-1872
Wills, v. 12 1891-1893
Wills, v. 5-6 1872-1879
Wills, v. 13 1893-1895
Wills, v. 7-8 1879-1884
Wills, v. 14 1895-1897
Wills, v. 9-10 1884-1889
Wills, v. 15 1897-1899
Wills, v. 11 1889-1891
Wills, v. 16 1899-1901
  • Dutchess > Ancient documents 1721-1862 no 5833-6081, 6087-6130, 6082-6086, 6131-6223: The browse point should read as Ancient documents 5833-6081, 6087-6223.
  • Erie > Estate index 1800-1929 A-B through Estate index 1800-1929 W-Z contain title boards that show both Niagara County Courthouse and Erie County Surrogate Court. The records are all from Erie County.
  • Monroe > Letters below should all be located under Madison County.
Letters of Testamentary 1885-1894
Letters of Testamentary 1847-1870 vol B-C
Letters of Testamentary 1875-1885
Letters of Testamentary 1894-1899
  • New York > Wills 1698-1703 vol 41035 should read as Wills 1698-1703 Vol 5-6.
  • New York > Wills 1724-1733 should read as Wills 1724-1733 Vol 10-11.
  • New York > Miscellaneous probate records 1800-1830 year span should be 1800-1839.
  • New York > Letters of administration 1795-1798 vol 5 and Letters of Administration 1798-1800 vol 6 both contain the same set of records with a year span of 1795-1800.
  • New York > Letters of Administration 1808-1811 volume 10 contain records from volumes 9 and 11. Many sections of the browse points for Letters of Administration contain files from other years. The misfiled letters are grouped together in chronological order. Search adjacent file folders. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • New York > Petitions and accounts 1803-1888 should read as Miscellaneous Probate Records surnames C, 1856-1865.
  • Schenectady > Wills 1909-1917 vol Q should be listed as Wills 1909-1917 vol Q-S
  • St. Lawrence County contains three browse points below with the same images from Film 1571566.
Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary 1903-1905 vol 14,
Letters of guardianship 1913-1927 vol 6
Wills 1915-1916 vol 49.
Each browse point contains the entire film, subdivided as
Item 1: Wills, v. 49 (from p.50) 1915-1916 starting on image 3 to 328 of 939.
Item 2: Letters of guardianship, v. 6 1913-1927 starting on image 329 to 696 of 939.
Item 3: Letters test. & admin. v. 14 (to p.472) 1903-1905 starting on image 697 to 939 of 939.
  • Ulster > Wills 1787-1822 vol 1-2 are records from the Ulster County Surrogate Court, and not from Queens County.
  • Wyoming > Will below are all the actual Original Wills, and not the Record of Wills.
Wills 1841-1866 vol 1
Wills 1866-1883 vol 1
Wills 1884-1885 vol 2
Wills 1885-1893 vol 2
Wills 1893-1894 vol 2
Wills 1895-1900 vol 3
Wills 1890-1900 vol 3
The other browse points marked Wills are Record of Wills which is a record of proceedings and transcribed wills, and is much more comprehensive with many recorded wills. The browse points entitled Petitions, Probate Records are Petitions, Proofs of Wills.

Question #3: How can I better view some images?
Answer #3: Check to see if the image has been re-filmed. If not, order the microfilm. Other image problems and solutions include:

  • Ontario > Wills 1795-1814 Vol. 1-5 were filmed in the original condition, with upside down pages, and pages numbered in reverse order.
  • Saratoga > Wills for 1888-1890 images are very light. Use the zoom or image tools to make the image more legible.

Question #4: How can I best search through the records found in the Dutchess County browse points for the general indexes 1751-1934 A-Z?
Answer #4: Each page’s image contains a portion of the previous or next page. The best way to search the general indexes is by looking at the page number found in either the upper left or upper right of the image, and compare with the previous or following image. The page numbers indicate whether the image is the left or right side of the record, or a duplicate page. Missing images are not available on the original microfilm.

Question #5: Can you clarify what the “Ancient Documents” are in the Dutchess County browse points?
Answer #5: According to the Catalog, the Ancient Documents include probate records, warrants for arrest, court cases, statements of debt, and bonds. Some documents are filmed out of numerical order. Question #6: What are the different types of will records in New York County?
Answer #6: Two types of will records are in New York County:

  • Wills and Administrations (New York County, New York), 1680-1804 in the Catalog are the original will books and are not complete. Browse points Included are:
Wills 1684-1694 vol 3-4
Wills 1698-1703 Vol 41035
Wills 1710-1716 Vol 8*
Wills 1724-1733 Vol 41193
Wills 1730-1740 Vol 11-13

New York > Wills 1710-1716 vol 8 contains both types of records. The first images are Wills and Administrations with an index beginning at Image 228. The Records of Wills begins at Image 237.

  • Record of Wills, 1665-1916; index to wills, 1662-1923 (New York County) in the Catalog contains only wills, and no administration. The remaining browse points marked Wills are record of wills, and are more comprehensive with many recorded wills that are not found in other sets.

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