Ohio Probate Records

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== Availability  ==
 
== Availability  ==
  
Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles such as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, estates, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth. The books carry references to the estate files so that they can be found in the boxes or cabinets where they are filed at the courthouse. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county.  
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Some probate records were recorded in books. The books carry references to the estate files so that they can be found in the boxes or cabinets where they are filed at the courthouse. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county.  
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Probate records may include:
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letters_of_Administration Administration]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrogate_Court Distributions]
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*[[Genealogical Dictionary of Legal Terms |Dower Rights]]
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*Estate File
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*Guardianship
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*Inventories
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*Minutes
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*Probate Case File
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administration_of_an_estate_on_death Letters of Administration]
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*[[Petitions|Letters Testamentary]]
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*Settlements
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*[[Wills|Wills]]
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Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.  
 
Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.  
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*Bell, Carol Willsey. ''Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index''. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850%20%20&columns=*,0,0 977.1 P22b,]  film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850++ 1035679], Item 5 or fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850++ 6051289])
 
*Bell, Carol Willsey. ''Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index''. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850%20%20&columns=*,0,0 977.1 P22b,]  film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850++ 1035679], Item 5 or fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=345167&disp=Ohio+wills+and+estates+to+1850++ 6051289])
  
Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.
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Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog |Family History Library Catalog]]  under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
 
Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as [http://www.google.com/ www.google.com] enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.
 
Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as [http://www.google.com/ www.google.com] enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.
  

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Contents

History

Probate records were kept in all counties from the time of each county's creation. Until the establishment of separate probate courts in 1852, these records were kept in the courts of common pleas. All of these records are valuable for determining names of family members, relationships, residences, dates of deaths, and other genealogical information. Genealogists will find more information by locating the estate file, sometimes known as the case file, probate packet, or loose papers, instead of looking only for a will. These files include wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates.

Availability

Some probate records were recorded in books. The books carry references to the estate files so that they can be found in the boxes or cabinets where they are filed at the courthouse. You can obtain copies of these records by writing to the clerk of the appropriate county.

Probate records may include:

Most Ohio probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.

An excellent statewide index to the names found in the earliest files is:

  • Bell, Carol Willsey. Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index. Columbus, Ohio: C.W. Bell, 1981. (Family History Library book 977.1 P22b,  film 1035679, Item 5 or fiche 6051289)

Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under OHIO, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.

Web Sites

Some counties in Ohio have probate records online. Using a search engine such as www.google.com enter the name of the county you are interested in and the words “probate records” then press “enter”.

References

Ohio Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.