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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.  
 
This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.  
  
For a list of records by name range and date currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1386085/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Collection Content ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Probate Court. Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta.}}
 
 
 
[[Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County, probate records, 5428931 59.jpg|Guardian's Bond
 
Image:Maine, Kennebec County, probate records, 5428931 59.jpg|Guardian's Bond
 
Image:Maine, Kennebec County, probate records 5430122 277-2.jpg|Court Order
 
Image:Maine, Kennebec County, probate records 5430122 277-2.jpg|Court Order
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Administrator's Bond GDS 5428935_8.jpg|Administrator's Bond
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Administrator's Ledger GDS 5428935_10.jpg|Administrator's Ledger
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Estate Inventory (page 1) GDS 5428935_15.jpg|Estate Inventory (page 1)
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Estate Inventory (page 2) GDS 5428935_16.jpg|Estate Inventory (page 2)
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Image:Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estate Files (12-0427) Estate Ledger GDS 5428935_12.jpg|Estate Ledger
 
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
  
 
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Information in entries may include:  
 
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Information in entries may include:  
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*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will is often written near time of death)
 
*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will is often 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:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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*The name of the deceased
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*Identifying information such as the approximate death and place or probate date
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*The name of the deceased
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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/1386085/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the 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" link which takes you to the images.
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The place of death
 
  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
To search the collection:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Document Type" link which takes you to the images.  
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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:
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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===I Found Who I Was Looking for, What Now?===
  
 
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:  
 
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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*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 records or military records.
 
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records.
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*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.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have also died in the same county. 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.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have also died in the same county. 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.  
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*The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation.
 
*The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.<br><br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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.
  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Probate Court. Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta.}}<br><br>  
  
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Information in entries 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 is often 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
  • Identifying information such as the approximate death and place or probate date


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type" link which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I Was Looking for, What Now?

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 records or military records.
  • 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 also died in the same county. 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.
  • Probate records often have information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents. Be aware that the spouse named may not be the parent of the children listed.
  • The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. Local genealoical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


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:

"Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Probate Court. Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta.

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 Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915.

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