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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection consists of images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate's Court in Goshen, New York for the years 1787 to 1938. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. This collection is being published as images become available.  
 
This collection consists of images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate's Court in Goshen, New York for the years 1787 to 1938. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. This collection is being published as images become available.  
  
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1918465/waypoints Browse]&nbsp;link from the collection landing page.
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|title=New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938  
 
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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= "New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Surrogate Court, Goshen.}}  
 
  
Digital images of originals housed at various municipal archives throughout New York.
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== Collection Content  ==
 
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=== Sample Images ===
[[New York, Orange County Probate Records (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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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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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 (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
 
*Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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==== General Information About Probate Records  ====
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Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.
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Most probate records were created on a county level. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper. However, they usually fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.
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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 records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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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:  
 
 
*The name of the deceased  
 
*The name of the deceased  
 
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The approximate death or probate date
  
==== Using the Information ====
 
  
To search the collection <br>  
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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/1918465/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 the appropriate&nbsp; "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images.
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>  
 
⇒ Select the "Volume, Title, and Year" category which takes you to the images
 
  
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. Keep in mind:  
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Look at the images one by one 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.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
*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 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  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.  
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.  
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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.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
==== General Information About Probate Records  ====
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|New York, Orange|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[New York Archives and Libraries]]. }}
 
 
Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.
 
 
 
Most probate records were created on a county level. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper. However, they usually fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.
 
  
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 records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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== Related Websites  ==
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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=New-York-Orange-County-Probate-Records-1787-1938-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.
  
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/NY_Orange.htm Orange County, New York Free Public Records Directory]
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/NY_Orange.html Orange County New York Genealogy]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[New York Probate Records]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Orange County, New York]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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.
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Surrogate Court, Goshen.}} <br><br>
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
"New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938." Images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012), New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 &gt; Wills &gt; 1773-1920 vol 440 &gt; image 806 of 855: entry for Sarah Randolf, dated 10 August 1827; amount of 15 dollars; citing Orange County Clerk, Goshen, New York. FHL digital images, 385,000 digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Probate and Estate
Collection years 1787-1938
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate's Court in Goshen, New York for the years 1787 to 1938. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. This collection is being published as images become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)

General Information About Probate Records

Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.

Most probate records were created on a county level. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper. However, they usually fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.

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 records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The approximate death 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 "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate  "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one 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.
  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn 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 also died in Orange 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 genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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

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.

Collection Citation:

"New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Surrogate Court, Goshen.

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 New York, Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938.

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