Vermont, Orange County, Bradford and Randolph Districts, Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Vermont, Orange County, Bradford District Estate Files, 1780-1915 and Vermont, Orange County, Randolph District Probate Records, 1790-1935.
What is in the Collection?
The collection for Orange County, Bradford District contains images of probate estate files from the Supreme Court of Vermont. The files are located at the Division of Public Records in Montpelier. The collection is divided into multiple parts, 1780-1800, 1800-1847, 1800-1810 and 1820-1830.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Vermont, Orange County, Bradford District Estate Files, 1780-1915.|
The collection for Orange County, Randoph District contains images of probate estate files located at the Division of Public Records in Middlesex. Each estate file consists of multiple images.The files are arranged by folder number then name. Folders 1-8 cover 1790-1890, folders 9-30 cover 1800-1840, etc.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Vermont, Orange County, Randolph District Probate Records, 1790-1935.|
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (These are used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will was usually written near the time of death.)
- Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place of residence
- The approximate death or probate date
- The name of the deceased
Search the Collection
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link on the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒Select the appropriate "District”
⇒ Select the "Folder Number, Name Range, Date Range" which takes you to the images
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
- Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
- Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Probate records may provide information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. Keep in mind that wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Vermont, Orange County, Bradford District Estate Files, 1780-1915" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Supreme Court of Vermont. Division of Public Records, Montpelier.
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Vermont, Orange County, Bradford District Estate Files, 1780-1915.|
- "Vermont, Orange County, Randolph District Probate Records, 1790-1935." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Supreme Court of Vermont. Division of Public Records, Montpelier.
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Vermont, Orange County, Randolph District Probate Records, 1790-1935.|