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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes the following:
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The collection consists of images to probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. Probate files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles such as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth.
  
*Bayfield County (1874-1919)
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Probate records were generally recorded in the county where the person resided. Estates were probated for approximately 25 percent of the heads of households in the United States before 1900, whether or not the individual left a will. Wills were more likely to have been found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.
*Burnett County (1898-1933)
 
*[http://www.fdlco.wi.gov/Index.aspx?page=75 Fond du Lac County (1848-1948)]
 
*Green County (1848-1885)
 
*Jackson (1897-1935)
 
*La Crosse County (1877-1935)
 
*Pepin County (1900-1935)
 
*Shawano County (1861-1933)
 
*Trempealeau County (1900-1920). This collection is being published as images become available.
 
  
The images are being published as images become available.  
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Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.  
  
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/1874190/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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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, those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned. Some wills do not name family members. The records in this collection are for the years 1848 to 1948.
  
== Record Content  ==
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
Probate records or succession records include petitions, successions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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Information found in these records includes:  
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These '''Probate records''' or succession records include petitions, successions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. This Information is also found:  
  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
 
*Name of testator or deceased  
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*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will was usually written near time of death)
 
*Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will was usually written near time of death)
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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*The place of residence
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=== Coverage Table ===
*The approximate death or probate date
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This collection includes records for the following counties:
*The name of the deceased
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! Locality
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| Ashland County (1894-1938)
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| Barron County (1910-1930)
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| Bayfield County (1874-1919)
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| Burnett County (1898-1933)
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| Door County (1862-1938)
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| Dunn County (1858-1940)
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| [http://www.fdlco.wi.gov/Index.aspx?page=75 Fond du Lac County (1848-1948)]
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| Green County (1848-1885)
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| Jackson (1897-1935)
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| La Crosse County (1877-1935)
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| Pepin County (1900-1935)
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|-
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| Shawano County (1861-1933)
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|-
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| Trempealeau County (1900-1920)
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|-
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| Washburn County (1890-1935)
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|}
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the "County"<br>⇒ Select the "Case File Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images.  
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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.
  
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. Keep in mind:
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=== View the Images ===
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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/1874190/waypoints Browse Page].
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Case File Number and Year Range'''
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
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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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.  
 
*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.  
 
*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.  
 
*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 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 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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*[[Wisconsin Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
==== 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 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.
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
 
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
 
*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.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
  
*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
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*Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all of the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*If your ancestor does not have a common 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.
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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.  
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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, especially French versions.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html 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.
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Wisconsin, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=368&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Wisconsin%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Aprobate FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
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)]].
 
  
=== General Information About These Records  ===
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1874190 Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
 
 
Probate files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles such as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth.
 
 
 
Probate records were generally recorded in the county where the person resided. Estates were probated for approximately 25 percent of the heads of households in the United States before 1900, whether or not the individual left a will. Wills were more likely to have been found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.
 
 
 
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, those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned. Some wills do not name family members. The records in this collection are for the years 1848 to 1935.&nbsp;
 
  
 
== 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 [[Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files (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.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files (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.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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>
  
[http://www.sampubco.com/sr/wi/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Counties Surrogate's, Estate and Probate Records]
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.}}<br><br>
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin|Fond du Lac County,Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Green County, Wisconsin|Green County, Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Jackson County, Wisconsin|Jackson County, Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Pepin County, Wisconsin|Pepin County, Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Shawano County, Wisconsin|Shawano County, Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Trempealeau County, Wisconsin|Trempealeau County, Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Wisconsin Probate Records|Wisconsin Probate Records]]
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1874190/waypoints Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948]
 
 
 
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 for This Collection ===
 
 
 
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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Record Type Probate
Collection years 1848-1948
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images to probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. Probate files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books which may have carried many titles such as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth.

Probate records were generally recorded in the county where the person resided. Estates were probated for approximately 25 percent of the heads of households in the United States before 1900, whether or not the individual left a will. Wills were more likely to have been found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas.

Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.

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, those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned in a will may not be the parent of the children mentioned. Some wills do not name family members. The records in this collection are for the years 1848 to 1948.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

These Probate records or succession records include petitions, successions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. This Information is also found:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will was usually written near time of death)

Collection Content

Sample Image

Coverage Table

This collection includes records for the following counties:

Locality
Ashland County (1894-1938)
Barron County (1910-1930)
Bayfield County (1874-1919)
Burnett County (1898-1933)
Door County (1862-1938)
Dunn County (1858-1940)
Fond du Lac County (1848-1948)
Green County (1848-1885)
Jackson (1897-1935)
La Crosse County (1877-1935)
Pepin County (1900-1935)
Shawano County (1861-1933)
Trempealeau County (1900-1920)
Washburn County (1890-1935)

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 the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Case File Number and Year Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • 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. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all of the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • If your ancestor does not have a common 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, especially French versions.
  • 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 Wisconsin, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues with This Collection

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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 Wiki 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.

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:

"Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.

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 Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948.


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