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The collection consists of an index of probate records created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records.&nbsp; This is an ongoing project and records will be published as they become available. When the collection is complete it will contain records from 1727-1990.  
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== What is in the Collection? ==
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The collection consists of an index of probate records from 1727 to 1990, created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records.  
  
 
Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:  
 
Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:  
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*Settlements
 
*Settlements
  
Wills are normally transcribed into a bound volume.
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The following is what has been indexed by county.  
 
 
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1875188/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
FamilySearch just began indexing this browse collection. The project is a pilot. Indexers will be indexing the volume level indexes. Today users can search the following counties by name and link to the index page. In the near future users will be able to search the indexed names and will be linked directly to the first page of the probate. The following is what has been indexed by county.  
 
  
 
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<br> Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created. Wills are often placed or transcribed into a bound volume.
  
Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created.<br>
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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== Collection Content ==
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===Coverage Map===
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To see a coverage map of holdings to probate and will records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/KY_FRP.html here].
  
== Record Content  ==
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Probate records may include: petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in this collection may include:  
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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'''Probate records''' may include: petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in this collection may include:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates i.e. A will was usually written near time of death.)
 
*Document 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:  
  
*The place of residence
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*The name of the deceased.
*The approximate death or probate date
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*The approximate date of death.
*The name of the deceased
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*The approximate date of probate.
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*The place where your ancestor lived.
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*The names of family members or associates who may be named in the probate record.
  
=== Search the Collection  ===
 
  
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1875188?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select "County" <br> ⇒Select "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images  
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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/1875188/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select "County" <br> ⇒Select "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images
  
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1875188 | Kentucky probate records, 1727-1990]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
 
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
 
 
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
 
 
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
 
 
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:
 
  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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When you have located your ancestor’s probate 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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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.  
 
*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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*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 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.
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
 
 
 
*Probate record may include informatio about land transactions.  
 
*Probate record may include informatio about land transactions.  
 
*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.  
 
*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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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking or, What Now? ===
 
 
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Kentucky Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Kentucky.htm Kentucky Free Public Records Directory]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Kentucky|Kentucky]]
 
*[[Kentucky Probate Records|Kentucky Probate Records]]
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through these images in this collection and click on, "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1875188/waypoints Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990]  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Kentucky-Probate-Records-1727-1990-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
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.
 
  
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.  
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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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Kentucky, Probate Records, 1727-1990" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County courthouses, Kentucky.}} <br><br>
  
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>  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kentucky, United States
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Location of Kentucky
Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1727-1990
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index of probate records from 1727 to 1990, created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records.

Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles, such as:

  • Accounts
  • Administrations
  • Appraisals
  • Minutes
  • Petitions
  • Guardianships
  • Inventories
  • Settlements

The following is what has been indexed by county.

County # of Indexed Records Years Covered
Caldwell 3,669 1809-1968
Henry 3,078 1800-1910
Hickman 3,098 In process
Russell 1,728 In process
Trimble 858 In process


Each county began keeping probate records from the time the county was created. Wills are often placed or transcribed into a bound volume.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of holdings to probate and will records, click here.

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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

  • 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
  • Document 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:

  • The name of the deceased.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The approximate date of probate.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The names of family members or associates who may be named in the probate record.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "County"
⇒Select "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s probate 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Probate record may include informatio about land transactions.
  • 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.
  • Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking or, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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:

"Kentucky, Probate Records, 1727-1990" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County courthouses, Kentucky.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990.

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 Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.