Washington, County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950 .
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection includes probate records for the years 1832 to 1950. This collection includes probate records created in the following county courts:
- Grays Harbor
Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.
To Browse This Collection
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Most probate records include the following information:
- Name of the deceased
- Death date
- Death place
- Heirs (these are usually family members)
- Court where the estate was probated
- Court location
- Court date of probate
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
- The name of the deceased.
- The approximate death or probate date.
- The place of residence.
- The names of family members who may be mentioned in the probate file.
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname Letter"
⇒Select the appropriate "Individual's Name, Year"
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What Do I Do Next?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
- Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
- Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
- Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Washington, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the Washington Archives and Libraries.
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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.
- "Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950 ." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing State Archives, Olympia.
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