Rhode Island Probate Records

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== History ==
  
 
Probate matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.  
 
Probate matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.  
  
*An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850 is Robert S. Wakefield, ''Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register'', Volumes 1 through 4 (Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982; Family History Library book 974.5 D2ri index). The Rhode Island Genealogical Register (see [[Rhode Island Periodicals|Rhode Island Periodicals]]) continues to publish abstracts of wills.
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An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850 is:
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* Robert S. Wakefield, ''Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register'', Volumes 1 through 4 (Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982; Family History Library book 974.5 D2ri index). The Rhode Island Genealogical Register continues to publish abstracts of wills.
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The probate records of Providence, 1670 to 1730, have been published. Also see Frank Calef's index to Providence probate records of 1663 to 1775 (Family History Library film 022385).
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The general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813 (Family History Library films 954936-37).
  
The probate records of Providence, 1670 to 1730, have been published (see [[Rhode Island Town Records|Rhode Island Town Records]]). Also see Frank Calef's index to Providence probate records of 1663 to 1775 (Family History Library film 022385).
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== Availability ==
  
*The general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813 (Family History Library films 954936-37).
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You can obtain copies of the original court records by contacting the town clerk. Addresses of the town clerks are listed in ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research''.  
  
You can obtain copies of the original court records by contacting the town clerk. Addresses of the town clerks are listed in Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these records. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under RHODE ISLAND, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - PROBATE RECORDS. From the municipal courts of Providence, for example, the library has 39 films of probate proceedings (1798-1920), will books (1678-1899), and dockets and indexes (1646-1921).  
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The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these records. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under RHODE ISLAND, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - PROBATE RECORDS. From the municipal courts of Providence, for example, the library has 39 films of probate proceedings (1798-1920), will books (1678-1899), and dockets and indexes (1646-1921).  
  
 
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Revision as of 14:58, 19 August 2008

Portal:United States Probate >Rhode Island

History

Probate matters were recorded by town councils until each town established a probate court. Many of the published town records include references to wills and estate matters.

An excellent index to a large number of Rhode Island wills to about 1850 is:

  •  Robert S. Wakefield, Index to Wills in Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volumes 1 through 4 (Warwick, Rhode Island: Plymouth Colony Research Group, 1982; Family History Library book 974.5 D2ri index). The Rhode Island Genealogical Register continues to publish abstracts of wills.

The probate records of Providence, 1670 to 1730, have been published. Also see Frank Calef's index to Providence probate records of 1663 to 1775 (Family History Library film 022385).

The general council, also known as the Council of Probate, kept minutes and documents dealing with probate appeals for the years 1667 to 1813 (Family History Library films 954936-37).

Availability

You can obtain copies of the original court records by contacting the town clerk. Addresses of the town clerks are listed in Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these records. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under RHODE ISLAND, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - PROBATE RECORDS. From the municipal courts of Providence, for example, the library has 39 films of probate proceedings (1798-1920), will books (1678-1899), and dockets and indexes (1646-1921).