United States Probate Court Records

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Court Records are the internal documents created by the probate court for an estate. They include estate dockets, guardianship dockets, claims dockets, minutes, orders, decrees, judgements, executions, and appeals. The court records may include indexes to the estate proceedings.

The court dockets are "a calendar of the actions of a court kept by the clerk of the court." (A to Zax by Barbara Jean Evans, [Alexandria, VA: Hearthside Press, 1995], 94.)

The court minutes give a brief summary of the action during that session.

The court orders, decrees, and judgements are "a record of the court's decision of a case." (A to Zax by Barbara Jean Evans, [Alexandria, VA: Hearthside Press, 1995], 152.)