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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1899 to 1924.<br>
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This Collection consists of images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate's Court in Jamaica, New York. This collection is being published as images become available. It covers the years 1785 to 1950.  
  
 
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:  
 
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:  
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*Receipts  
 
*Receipts  
 
*Wills
 
*Wills
 
  
 
Other records pertaining to the estates include:  
 
Other records pertaining to the estates include:  
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*Settlements
 
*Settlements
  
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This collection consists of images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate's Court in Jamaica, New York. This collection is being published as images become available.
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== Collection Contents ==
 
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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/1916211/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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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>
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Digital images of originals housed at various municipal archives throughout New York.
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[[New York, Queens County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Although the exact content varies with each probate case, the genealogical facts in gnerally include:  
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Although the exact content varies with each probate case, the records generally 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.)
  
 
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The approximate death or probate date
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Volume Title and Year which takes you to the images.  
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'''To browse by image:'''<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 "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.  
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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:
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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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.
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== 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. 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.
  
 
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== Tips to Keep in Mind ==
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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*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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*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.
  
 
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== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What? ==
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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*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.
  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|New York, Queens|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]]. }}
  
==== General Information About Probate Records ====
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== 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.  
 
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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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/NY_Queens.htm Queens County, New York Free Public Records Directory]  
 
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/NY_Queens.htm Queens County, New York Free Public Records Directory]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyqueen2/CourtRecords.htm Queens County Court Records]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyqueen2/CourtRecords.htm Queens County Court Records]
 
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[New York Probate Records]]  
 
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== How You Can Contribute  ==
  
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation|text = "New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Surrogate's Court, Jamaica, New York.}}<br><br>
  
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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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921." images ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012). New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 &gt; Mixed Proceedings, 1914, Case file 0190 to 1297 &gt; image 6 of 510; entry for Mary Rebecca Dixon, for Fanny M. Anthony, date of death 25 May 1914; Queens Surrogate's Court, Jamaica, New York, United States.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Queens, New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1785-1950
Archive


What is in the Collection?

This Collection consists of images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate's Court in Jamaica, New York. This collection is being published as images become available. It covers the years 1785 to 1950.

Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:

  • Settlement papers
  • Inventories
  • Receipts
  • Wills

Other records pertaining to the estates include:

  • Accounts
  • Administrations
  • Appraisals
  • Minutes
  • Bonds
  • Petitions
  • Guardianships
  • Inventories
  • Settlements
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950.

Collection Contents

Although the exact content varies with each probate case, the records generally 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.)

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

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Volume, Title, and Year" category which takes you to the images.

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.

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. 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.

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.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have also died in Queens 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, Now What?

  • 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.

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.

Probate records 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 exact contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.

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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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.


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, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Surrogate's Court, Jamaica, New York.

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, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950.