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== Record Description  ==
 
 
 
This collection contains digital images of&nbsp;probate records from the New Zealand Archives. The records were created by local courts throughout New Zealand regions. Images are being published as images become available.
 
 
 
The probate records are categorized in order by county, record type, date range, and volume. The earlier probate packets are arranged in three series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.
 
 
 
Anyone of legal age and sound mind, who owned property (real or personal) in New Zealand, had the right to leave a will. The probate process began with a testator executing a will, followed by witnesses attesting and subscribing the will. After the death of a testator, the will was probated by the executor, usually at the court nearest the deceased’s place of residence.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Some wills were not probated in a court. If the estate was small and there were no disagreements among the heirs, it was not necessary to probate the will. Many such wills are found only in family papers or in the private files of the lawyer who drew up the document.&nbsp;
 
 
 
An individual who left a will is said to have died testate. Someone who did not leave a will (or a valid will) died intestate. The disposition of an intestate person’s estate is found in letters of administration.&nbsp;
 
 
 
A will disposing of property only in a foreign country could not be probated in New Zealand. In this instance, it is necessary to determine the deceased’s country of origin or the area where property was owned to access appropriate probate documents.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Primary records of genealogical value created in the probate process include wills (those disposing of land or real property), testaments (those disposing of personal property), letters of administration and probate register books. Often a will and testament are included together in one document.&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
 
 
Whereas a will was the only record necessary for the transfer of property and belongs to family and close friends, disagreements often occurred. To solve such disagreements, all those involved instigated a probate. The records in this collection represent the eventual conclusions of those probate hearings.&nbsp;
 
  
While probate records are one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence, they must be used with some caution. For example, they may omit the names of deceased family members or those who have previously received an inheritance. The spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned, or relationships noted in the will may not have the same meaning as they do today.&nbsp;
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Probate records are court records that describe the distribution of a person's estate after he or she dies.&nbsp;
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
Even though probate records were not created for every person who died, they are very helpful for research because civil authorities began recording probate actions earlier than they recorded birth and death records.&nbsp;
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The records include digital images of probate records from the New Zealand Archives. The records were created by local courts throughout New Zealand regions. This collection covers the years 1843-1998. Images are being published as they become available. Although the index will contain entries up through 1998, the images for probates issued during the past 50 years are unavailable for viewing.  
  
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/1865481/waypoints Browse].  
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Probate records are court records that describe the distribution of a person's estate after he or she dies. Even though probate records were not created for every person who died, they are very helpful for research because civil authorities began recording probate actions earlier than they recorded birth and death records.  
  
This collection covers the years 1878-1960.&nbsp;
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Wills or probate records were kept by each state in Australia, beginning in the 1800s.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Since a will was the only record necessary for the transfer of property and belongings to family and close friends, disagreements often occurred. To solve such disagreements, all those involved instigated a probate. The records in this collection represent the eventual conclusions of those probate hearings.
  
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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Anyone of legal age and sound mind, who owned property (real or personal) in New Zealand, had the right to leave a will. The probate process began with a testator executing a will, followed by witnesses attesting and subscribing the will. After the death of a testator, the will was probated by the executor, usually at the court nearest the deceased’s place of residence.
  
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An individual who left a will is said to have died "testate." Someone who did not leave a will, or a valid will, died "intestate." The probate process is essentially the same for both and may take many years to complete.  
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Digital images of originals housed at various municipal archives throughout New Zealand.  
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To learn more about the probate records, the article [[New Zealand Probate Records]] has an expanded description of the records.  
  
[[New Zealand 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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== Collection Contents ==
  
== Record Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
 
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Image:New Zealand Probate Records DGS 4589191 10.jpg|Probate Record example 1
 
Image:New Zealand Probate Records DGS 4589191 10.jpg|Probate Record example 1
 
Image:New Zealand Probate Records DGS 4589191 11.jpg|Probate record example 2
 
Image:New Zealand Probate Records DGS 4589191 11.jpg|Probate record example 2
 
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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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'''Probate records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name of testator  
 
*Name of testator  
 
*Death date  
 
*Death date  
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*Record date
 
*Occupation  
 
*Occupation  
 
*Names of heirs  
 
*Names of heirs  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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The probate records are categorized in order by county, record type, date range, and volume. The earlier probate packets are arranged in three series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information.  
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An index is available on the [http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ Archives of New Zealand] website, which will give the probate record number associated with a name. When you search for a name on the index, it will bring up a list of documents that mention that name. When you find the entry you are looking for, click on "Order Details" to find the probate record number. On FamilySearch find the range of record numbers that includes your record number. Be prepared to sort through the files as they are often out of numerical order at the beginning of the set.  
  
*Name of ancestor  
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'''To search this collection by name:'''<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.
*Ancestors last residence
 
*Year of death
 
  
==== Searching the Images  ====
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'''To search by image:'''<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 "Court" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which will take you to the images.
  
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 "Probate Court" category<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images<br>
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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.
  
Look at each image 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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'''When searching:'''<br> 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, 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.
  
==== Other Information About Using This Collection  ====
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== Tips to Keep in Mind ==
  
The earliest probate packets are arranged in 3 series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.  
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*The earliest probate packets are arranged in 3 series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.
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*Probate records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who have previously received an inheritance.
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*The spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned, or relationships noted in the will may not have the same meaning as they do today.
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*Use the death date and estimated age to approximate a birth date.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*You may need to search using an alternate or nickname.
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Use the residence to search for other records in that location.
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*For more tips, go to [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
An index is available on the [http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ Archives of New Zealand] website, which will give the probate record number associated with a name. When you search for a name on the index, it will bring up a list of documents that mention that name. When you find the entry you are looking for, click on "Order Details" to find the probate record number. On FamilySearch find the range of record numbers that includes your record number. Be prepared to sort through the files as they are often out of numerical order at the beginning of the set.
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Zealand 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.<br>
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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-Zealand-Archives-New-Zealand-Probate-Records-1848-1991-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.
  
== Related Websites ==
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
*[http://archives.govt.nz/research/ordering-archives/our-research-and-copying-services/our-research-services/probate-records Archives New Zealand]
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*[http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/get-a-copy-of-a-will Ministry of Justice]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.
  
*[[New Zealand|New Zealand]]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "'New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. https://familysearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office.}}
*[[New Zealand Probate Records]]
 
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[[Category:History]]
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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
"New Zealand, Probate Records" images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21311-24752-43?cc=1865481&amp;wc=MMM2-38C:n1057584975&nbsp;: accessed 7 August 2012),&gt; Blenheim Supreme Courty &gt; Probates 1955-1956 rec 3485, 3447, 3426-3504 &gt; Image 506 of 854; Joseph Harvey Michelle, 8 November 1955; citing Court Records; Probate files, 1925-1926, rec, 2215-2252, images 1-14; National Library of New Zealand, Aukland, New Zealand.
 

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What is in the Collection?

The records include digital images of probate records from the New Zealand Archives. The records were created by local courts throughout New Zealand regions. This collection covers the years 1843-1998. Images are being published as they become available. Although the index will contain entries up through 1998, the images for probates issued during the past 50 years are unavailable for viewing.

Probate records are court records that describe the distribution of a person's estate after he or she dies. Even though probate records were not created for every person who died, they are very helpful for research because civil authorities began recording probate actions earlier than they recorded birth and death records.

Wills or probate records were kept by each state in Australia, beginning in the 1800s.

Since a will was the only record necessary for the transfer of property and belongings to family and close friends, disagreements often occurred. To solve such disagreements, all those involved instigated a probate. The records in this collection represent the eventual conclusions of those probate hearings.

Anyone of legal age and sound mind, who owned property (real or personal) in New Zealand, had the right to leave a will. The probate process began with a testator executing a will, followed by witnesses attesting and subscribing the will. After the death of a testator, the will was probated by the executor, usually at the court nearest the deceased’s place of residence.

An individual who left a will is said to have died "testate." Someone who did not leave a will, or a valid will, died "intestate." The probate process is essentially the same for both and may take many years to complete.

To learn more about the probate records, the article New Zealand Probate Records has an expanded description of the records.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Probate records may contain the following information:

  • Name of testator
  • Death date
  • Record date
  • Occupation
  • Names of heirs
  • Guardians and executor
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Addresses of property owned
  • An inventory of the estate (including trade and household goods)
  • Names of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?

The probate records are categorized in order by county, record type, date range, and volume. The earlier probate packets are arranged in three series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.

An index is available on the Archives of New Zealand website, which will give the probate record number associated with a name. When you search for a name on the index, it will bring up a list of documents that mention that name. When you find the entry you are looking for, click on "Order Details" to find the probate record number. On FamilySearch find the range of record numbers that includes your record number. Be prepared to sort through the files as they are often out of numerical order at the beginning of the set.

To search this collection by name:
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 by image:
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 "Court"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which will take 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.

When searching:
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, 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The earliest probate packets are arranged in 3 series arranged alphabetically by surname. The more recent records are filed by date.
  • Probate records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who have previously received an inheritance.
  • The spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned, or relationships noted in the will may not have the same meaning as they do today.
  • Use the death date and estimated age to approximate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may need to search using an alternate or nickname.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Use the residence to search for other records in that location.
  • For more tips, go to FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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.

How You Can Contribute

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

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:

"'New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998." Database with Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org: accessed 2016. Citing Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office.

Record Citation:

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 New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998.

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 Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998.