Illinois Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues
| This page was created by FamilySearch Historical Records personnel. It details problems identified within this collection and answers to those problems.
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NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Article 56000, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.
NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the films.
Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can they be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and their respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:
- Jersey > Index to Estate Papers V. A, 1839-1888 will not open. Until this problem is fixed, you can order film number 1310676.
- Livingston > Wills 1867-1883 vol A is missing the index page for I/J. The page was missed on the original microfilm and are not available.
- Probate Records for Pike County are not available online, but they are available on microfilms; see Probate Records, 1821-1873 in the Catalog.
- Schuyler > Probate Index 1827-1926, V. 002 begins with the letter “M”. The first half of the index (A-L) is found in the browse point Court papers index 1837-1921, vol 002.
- Woodford > Probate records 1862-1864, Vol. B is missing the last part of the book. The remainder of these images are available on Film 1401869 or you can view them at Woodford > Probate records 1865-1866 vol B.
Question #2: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. Is there a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #2: The following list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range that actually exist in this collection:
- Johnson > Probate journal 1874-1877 vol C data range should be 1866-1877.
- Johnson > Index to probate files 1860-1870 vol 1 year span should be 1860-1873
- McHenry > Non-Probated Wills 1886-1976 should have been titled Index to Non-Probated Wills 1886-1976.
- McHenry > Probate Records Vol. 004, 1844-1985 does not contain Probate Records, but index to estate files. Image 1 and 2 are the cover of a book titled Petitions for Citizenship, but there are no petitions shown. Image 3 states that this waypoint contains the records for Index to Estate Files 1844-1986.
Question #3: There are naturalization and other types of records mixed in with the probate records from some counties. Which counties have these records?
Answer #3: Below is a list of the counties with non-probate records and the name of the records.
- Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. E, 1872-1888 and 1894-1946
- Naturalization and Citizenship, 1886-1904 and 1902-1909
- Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. F 1913-1920
- Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. G 1915-1929
- Military Record, 1861-1864 and 1861-1865
- Naturalization and Citizenship V. A-E, 1840-1929
- Declaration of Intentions, 1929-1933
- Naturalization Records, 1924-1932 and 1929-1947 and 1928-1929
- Administrator’s Records, 1844-1848
- Atlas 1875
- County Commissioner’s Records, 1824-1836
- Marks and Brands, 1849-1884
- Registry of Negroes 1809-1862
- School Commissioner’s Record, 1833-1857
Rock Island County
- Declaration of intentions v. 1, 1872-1878
- Naturalization Index, 1872-1906
- Naturalization Index v. 1, 1851-1962
- Naturalization and Citizenship records, 1860-1898.
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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.
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