Pennsylvania Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Document 114052, How to use Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

Question #1: Does Allegheny > Estate index 1788-1971 surname L, first names A-J have missing sections?
Answer #1: The browse point Allegheny > Estate index 1788-1971 surname L, first names A-J does not have missing sections; the sections are out of order:

  • Image 6: Table to Locate Names
  • Images 7-197: Section 110-560
  • Images 200-277: Sections 2000-2033
  • Images 285-440: Sections 610-930
  • Images 445- 538: Sections 2034-2078

Question #2: Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B appears to be an index. Where can the records be found?
Answer #2: The browse point Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B is actually the browse point Will and letter index 1846-1980 U-Z; and the browse point Blair > Will and letter index 1846-1980 U-Z is actually the browse point Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B. The two browse points are transposed.

Question #3: Where can I find the records for Bucks > Orphans' Court records 1853-1856 vol 13?
Answer #3: Bucks > Orphans' Court records 1853-1856 vol 13 is not available online or on microfilm.

Question #4: There seems to be a discrepancy between the index and the records at the browse point Lebanon>Orphans' Court dockets 1841-1848 vol E. Can you explain this?
Answer #4: We do not know the cause of this discrepancy, but it appears to have been there at the time of filming. The Catalog makes the following note for the film: Film 21501 - Each volume has an index; however, the index to volume E does not match the volume.

Question #5: I am trying to locate records that should be in the Luzerne > Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z waypoint. The records there seem to be in error. Can you help me?
Answer #5: In Luzerne county, the link listed as the Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z actually goes to the Orphans' Court record index 1778-1874 waypoint, and the link to the Orphans Court record index 1778-1874 is actually linked to the Continuance docket index 1875-1891 A-Z. The records linked have been switched in these two waypoints.

Question #6: Are there more than Probate Records in Northampton County?
Answer #6: Land Records have been located in the Northampton County browse point as well as Probate Records. The following browse points are Land Records:

  • Surveys, v. 25-28
  • Surveys, v. 29-32
  • Surveys, v. 33-37
  • Surveys, v. 38-40
  • Surveys, v. 41-43
  • Surveys, v. 44-47
  • Surveys, v. 48-50
  • Surveys, v. 51-53
  • Surveys, v. 54-56
  • Warrants 1734-1769
  • Warrants 1769-1785
  • Warrants 1785-1786
  • Warrants 1786-1792
  • Warrants 1792-1793
  • Warrants 1793-1879
  • Warrants & surveys, v. 57-58 21701

Question #7: Westmoreland appears to be missing records. Where can these records be found?
Answer #7: Two browse points are missing from Westmoreland because the microfilm 1316409 is not digitized:

  • Westmoreland > Register's and Orphans' Court record index no date W-Z would originate from Items 1-2: General index W, given names S(continued)-Z General index XYZ, given names A-Z , and
  • Westmoreland > Will index v. 1-2 1772-1918; Wills 1773-1819 v. 1 would originate from Item 3-5: Will index v. 1-2 1772-1918 and Wills 1773-1819 v. 1.

See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm, as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view the film.

Question #8: If pages are missing in a browse point, are they available to be viewed somewhere else?
Answer #8: These pages are not available; possibly they were lost prior to filming the records.

  • Greene County > Wills 1875-1892 Vol 5-6. Pages 234 and 235
  • York > Wills 1818-1833 vol O-Q is missing Pages 1 through 41 of book P.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 > Blair > Wills 1846-1868 vol A-B > Image 7 of 117.
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