Search the 1940 U.S. Census Free
All 134 million names are now fully searchable.
Analyzing an 1804 Inventory
This 1804 inventory lists the possessions of Thomas Springer of New Castle County, Delaware.
Digital scan of the original handwritten inventory
Typed version of the inventory
Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues
From the Board for Certification of Genealogists - Skill Building - May 1995.
Ancestors at Rest - Find Free Death Records
Coffin plates, funeral cards, death cards, wills, memorial cards, cemeteries, vital stats, obituaries, church records, family bibles, cenotaphs and tombstone inscriptions.
Ancestry.com - Learning Center - Learn More
Thousands of FREE, searchable how-to articles from Ancestry.com publications such as Ancestry Magazine, the Ancestry Weekly Discovery and the Ancestry Monthly Update.
Article by Donn Devine, CG, CGI.
Probate Records, Part I
Probate Records: An Underutilized Source
Relationships in Probate Records
Article by George G. Morgan.
Striking Paydirt with Estate Papers
The Probate Record Treasure Trove
Article by Marjorie Wagner.
The Widow's Dower Interest
Where There's a Will, There's a Way
Ancestry.com - Search Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills
Ancestry.com has searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images are available with a fee-based subscription.
Beyond the Index--Michael John Neill's Articles in the Ancestry Daily News
1856 Illinois Probate Guide: The Dower
1856 Illinois Probate Manual
This article discusses an 1856 guide to the probate process in Illinois.
A $31.44 Inheritance
This article explains how the author's grandmother inherited $31.44. Also included is a discussion of per stirpes and intestate probates.
Charlotte's Web on the Lake
This article discusses and analyzes records found in a Chariton County, Missouri probate from the early 1900s. Also included is a discussion of research procedures to use when conducting onsite research.
Fishing for Clues in John Lake's Estate
Probate: An Introduction
Probate: An Overview
The Oft-Married Sarah
This article is the first in a three part series analyzing a 1760s Orange County, Virginia will written by a widow. Dower, inheritance and other heirship issues are discussed.
When there is No Probate
This article discusses some research methods that can be undertaken when an ancestor does not leave a probate, but the researcher reasonably believes the ancestor had property.
Glossary of Legal Terms
Glossary of Unusual Words Found in Wills, Etc.
How to Read Probate Records
Missing Heirs and Persons Locating Service - Harvey Morse, P.A.
Specialize in locating missing heirs to estates, unclaimed properties, insurance policies, trusts, stocks and bonds, etc.
My Genealogical Will For Preserving My Family History
A template for you to use to draw up a genealogical codicil to your Last Will and Testament.
SAMPUBCO - Guardianship Index
SAMPUBCO - Will Testator Indexes
SAMPUBCO - Wills Index
WorldVitalRecords.com - Search All Court and Probate Databases
An inexpensive, growing set of pay-for-use databases. Including vital records, court records, military records, and an extensive collection of newspapers.
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