Greece Probate Records

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Probate records are court records that describe the distribution of a person’s estate after he or she dies. Information in the records may include the death date, names of heirs and guardians, relationships, residences, an inventory of the estate, and names of witnesses.

Various wills, dowry contracts, settlements, and other such documents from the 1600s to the 1900s were included with church records of the Catholic church in the county of Kykladon, Greece. These can be found in the Family History Library catalog under:

GREECE, KYKLADON, [TOWN] - PROBATE RECORDS

In other parts of Greece, such records were generally kept by a notary public (see the “Notarial Records” section). The Greek Orthodox Church had the responsibility of keeping probate records for Greek residents of other eastern European countries during Ottoman rule. The Family History Library has microfilmed probate records of Greeks in Albania in the Greek diocese records. These can be found in the catalog under the country of Albania and the heading “Church Records.”