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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1925.<br>
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
The collection consists of probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407.  
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This collection includes probate case files records from acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver, for the years 1900 to 1925.
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The collection begins with case number 6407.  
  
 
Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.  
 
Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.  
  
For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/2015591/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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|title=Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
  
{{Collection citation
 
|text=Colorado. Denver County Probate Court. Probate Case Files, 1900-1925. Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado.}}
 
  
[[Colorado, Denver County, Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2015591/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
== Record Content  ==
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==Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
 
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Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745136 47.jpg|Probate Example #1
 
Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745136 47.jpg|Probate Example #1
 
Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745137 48.jpg|Probate Example #2
 
Image:Colorado, Denver County Probate Estate Files DGS 5745137 48.jpg|Probate Example #2
</gallery> Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Genealogical facts found in entries include:  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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'''Probate records''' include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries may include:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)
 
*Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:  
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*The name of the deceased.
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*The place of residence.
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*The approximate death or probate date.
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*The names of relatives or associates who may have been named in the estate file.
  
*The place of residence
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Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor. 
*The approximate death or probate date
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*The name of the deceased
 
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2015591/waypoints Browse Page]'''then:<br>⇒Select the "Document Type"<br> ⇒Select the "Case File Number and Year Range"
  
'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the ''"Document Type"''<br>⇒Select the ''"Case File Number and Year Range"'' which takes you to the images.  
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Check the indexes at the beginning or end first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.  
  
There is an index available in this collection. The index is located under Document Type. Find your ancestor's name and look for the packet number. This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection. Probate papers are quite lengthy, so there re a number of pages for each packet number.
 
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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:{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2015591 Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
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.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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.
  
'''For example:'''
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
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*Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
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*Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Colorado Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
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*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.
*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records, since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
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*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.  
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
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*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. 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.  
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Colorado, United States Genealogy]].
*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.  
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*Search in the [[Colorado Archives and Libraries]].
*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:'''
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== Citing this Collection ==
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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. 
  
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Colorado, State Census, 1885." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Census Bureau. National Archives, Washington D.C.}}
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''  
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<br> '''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image_Citation_Link
 
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|CID=CID2015591
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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|title=Colorado, Denver County P...ate Case Files, 1900-1925
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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'''[[Colorado,_Denver_County_Probate_Estate_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Citing_this_Collection#top|Top of Page]]'''
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/probate/ Colorado State Archives]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
[[Colorado Probate Records]]
 
 
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes probate case files records from acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver, for the years 1900 to 1925. The collection begins with case number 6407.

Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925.


For a list of records by case files and index currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries may include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Date of decedent's death
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Pertinent documents and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. a will was usually written near time of death.)

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 place of residence.
  • The approximate death or probate date.
  • The names of relatives or associates who may have been named in the estate file.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen:
⇒Select the "Document Type"
⇒Select the "Case File Number and Year Range"

Check the indexes at the beginning or end first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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 Colorado, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Colorado Archives and Libraries.

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.

Collection Citation:

"Colorado, State Census, 1885." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Census Bureau. National Archives, Washington D.C.


Image Citation

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 Colorado, Denver County P...ate Case Files, 1900-1925.

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