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== What is in the Collection? ==
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This collection includes probate records for the years 1851 to 1961.
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Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers or bound volumes. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianship, inventories and settlements.
  
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers or bound volumes. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianships, inventories and settlements.  
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Most probate records in Utah were created on a county level though many were later sent to the State Archives in Salt Lake City. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
  
Most probate records in Utah were created on a county level though many were later sent to the State Archives in Salt Lake City. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.&nbsp;
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A user created index to these records is available at [[Utah, Index to Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. You are welcome to add to that index.
  
 
Probate records in the state 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.&nbsp;  
 
Probate records in the state 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.&nbsp;  
 
These records cover the years 1851 to 1961.&nbsp;
 
  
 
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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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.  
 
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 list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916182/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Images in this collection are available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Salt Lake City.}}
 
  
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.  
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'''Probate records''' include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.  
  
Genealogical facts in entries include:  
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Information in entries includes:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Residence of testator  
 
*Residence of testator  
 
*Lists of belongings, property, and so forth  
 
*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.)
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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.)&nbsp;
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
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 "County" category<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Record Description" category which takes you to the images<br>
 
 
 
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.
 
  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate death or probate date.
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*The place of residence.
  
*The place of residence
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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/1916182/waypoints Browse Page] then:'''<br>⇒Select the "County" category<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Record Description" category
*The approximate death or probate date
 
*The name of the deceased
 
  
Compare the information you find in the probate records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
  
For example:
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
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*Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
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*Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[Utah Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.  
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.  
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
*Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Utah, United States Genealogy]].
*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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*Search in the [[Utah Archives and Libraries]].
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. 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.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. {{FHL|Utah, Probate Records|keywords|disp}} }}
  
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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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. <br>
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Salt Lake City.}}<br><br>
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
"Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961" images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https: accessed 19 May 2012). Salt Lake &gt; Box 2, Folder 59, no 128, Whitmore, James M. &gt; image 10 of 1012; citing James M. Whitmore, petition of MELBA WHITMORE DEMING, filed 14 June 1944, citing Probate Records, Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes probate records for the years 1851 to 1961. Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers or bound volumes. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, including settlement papers, inventories, receipts, wills, and other records pertaining to the estates, including accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, bonds, petitions, guardianship, inventories and settlements.

Most probate records in Utah were created on a county level though many were later sent to the State Archives in Salt Lake City. The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.

A user created index to these records is available at Utah, Index to Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records). You are welcome to add to that index.

Probate records in the state 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. 

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.

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961.

Collection Content

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Images in this collection are available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.


Sample Images

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.

Information in entries includes:

  • 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 your ancestor.
  • The approximate death or probate date.
  • The place of residence.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Record Description" category

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
  • Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • [Utah Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Utah, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Utah Archives and Libraries.


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:

"Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Salt Lake City.

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 Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961.


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