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Description  

The purpose of this task is to add the intro template and the ending template to the Probate Records heading.
 

Instructions

1. Under the Probate Records Heading add the following template:

{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>

2. At the end of the Probate records section (after any databases or FHLC entries that are listed) and just before the Repositories heading, add the following template:

{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|1|2}}<br>

3. Replace the number "1" in the template with the name of your county between the pipes, such as Berks.

4. Replace the number "2" and add the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) subject number. Find the subject number as follows:
 

a. Do a place search of the FHLC for your county.
 
b. Select Probate Records from the record groups displayed.
 
c. Select any record displayed.
 
d. Select the highlighted phrase under the word "Subjects".
 
e. Copy the number displayed in the upper right-hand corner in the display box "For". This is the subject number.
 
f. Paste this number into the PA probate FHLC and WorldCat template where you see the number


5. Your new finished template should look something like this: 

{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Berks|452254}}<br>


6. If there is no probate topic for your county, instead add the following template replacing the word "Berks" with the name of your county:

{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat2|Berks}}

7. Save the page and you are finished with the task.

Example of Task

Probate Records

Probate matters in Berks County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Berks County Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

Example of Completed Probate Records Section

Probate matters in Berks County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:

Complete Collection:

Berks County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Berks County Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like: