New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900 .
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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 "New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900" consists of images of probate estate case files located at the 8th Circuit Court, Probate Division in Keene.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. They may include the following information:
- Name of the testator or deceased
- Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of the testator
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death).
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place of residence
- The approximate death or probate date
- The name of the deceased
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 the "Case File Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images
Search the collection by 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.
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.
What Do I Do Next?
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.
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.
- 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 employment records or other types of records such as 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 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.
- 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 For, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
|FHL Place United States, New Hampshire, Cheshire items or FHL Keyword New Hampshire, Cheshire items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see New Hampshire Archives and Libraries.|
Citing this Collection
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. 8th Circuit Court, Keene, New Hampshire.
- "New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Estate Files, 1900-1959." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing New Hampshire Division of Archives and Records Management, Concord, New Hampshire.
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