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Who are the Campbells in this document?

These documents are from the Warren County, Mississippi probate records of Mississippi Emily (Strong) Folkes. The administratrix wa her daughter Ida W. (Folkes) Smith. This Administrator's Bond reads ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

When I do not need or wish to obtain a death certificate, I have often used the National Probate Calendar for England & Wales as my main source for death date and place information (in ...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will

I am transcribing a Nottinghamshire will and probate bond dated 1651, and two passages of the will are eluding me. In the first passage the testator bequeaths unto his "sonne my house & my ...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

The National Probate Calendar for England and Wales is now available on multiple websites (Ancestry.co.uk, Gov.uk, FindMyPast). Not all of these sites are fully name-indexed. I would like to know the ...
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Where to find wills/probate for Brecon (Wales) printers who died 1794, 1820 and 1839?

From Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I know that my Hughes ancestors included three prominent printers ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

I'm looking at the probate record of Samuel Bangs, who died in 1786 (Or thereabouts) in Dutchess County, New York. I'm noticing that his wife, Thankful, was still alive, and there are mention of ...
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Obtaining probate or administration documentation from solicitor?

These two situations are linked, and relate to relatively recent grants of administration in England. An individual died intestate about 5 years ago, and having no surviving spouse or children, her ...
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Determining closest heir for probate?

Lady Y is the cousin of Lady X's mother Lady Z is the daughter of Lady X's Cousin Are both Lady Y and Z second cousins to Lady X, and for probate who is the closest heir?
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Where can I find New York probate records after the 1920s?

FamilySearch has New York probate records for county courts but "most records end in the 1920s." I'm particularly interested in Montgomery county where FamilySearch only has records through 1922. ...
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What happens when a last will and testament enters probate?

In a newspaper, I found mention of an ancestor's last will and testament: Last will and testament of Ida O. Vannoske, late of Amsterdam, will admitted to probate. Letters testamentary Issued to ...
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Can anyone explain this administration of Estate?

My great great great grandmother Ann Helferty died in Glasgow in 1871. She was originally from county Tyrone but came to Scotland with her husband and children in the 1850s. I am confused about the ...
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Where can I find Pennsylvania Archives Series II?

I'm trying to locate the probate of James Wright from March 4, 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia and see references on the web to it being in Pennsylvania Archives Series II. I cannot find any such ...
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Proving Jane Middleton of Somerset only Next of Kin in 1872 to Thomas Chichester who died 1838 in Guyana?

From the source below I know that my 3rd great grand uncle Thomas Chichester (who is mentioned in Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?) left Effects under ...
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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

My 4th great grandparents Robert Chichester (1767-1830) and Martha Noake (1762-1836) married on 13 Apr 1797 at Branscombe, Devon and had five children: Priscilla (my 3rd great grandmother) was born ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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Interpreting names and abbreviations at the end of wills?

I have been transcribing several wills over the last few months and am pretty much done. However, at the end of the wills, after the names of the witnesses there are letters that I think are shorthand ...
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

As in my other questions, I am investigating the spread of the Blackstone family name in early America. I came across the following tidbits and I would like to know if my interpretation is (likely to ...
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Ordering copies of English wills (post-1858)

I have the following entry from the National Probate calendar and would like to find the will: ELLIOTT Augusta of The Myrtles Slapton near Kingsbridge Devonshire widow died 17 April 1947 Probate ...
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Reading a Will to get land information

This is the will of William Linley. I am trying to work out what land he owned and where it went when he died. The property was in Oldbury (probably on-the-hill, rather than on-severn) in Glos. ...
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Working with browsable images of probate records?

FamilySearch.org makes images available for browsing before the (computer) indexes to the collections are available. Recently some probate collections have come online, and I have made a couple of ...
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What does “Effects under” refer to?

On proving of a will in 1866 in Ramsbury, England, the executors state 'Effects under thirty five thousand pounds'. Was this a general figure for wills or would this represent a rough net worth?
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What did it mean to come of age in 1684 at Saco (now Maine, USA)?

John Presbury died 1679 of Saco, now Maine, USA, but then Massachusetts Bay Colony. John left minor sons including William Presbury. John's estate was administered by others until his son, William, ...
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What does it mean if a probate index lists a person's record as “Insanity of”, instead of “Estate of”?

I found my ancestor listed in a probate index for McLeod County, Minnesota, USA around the year 1882. His record is in the format “Last Name, First Name, Insanity of”, instead of “Last Name, First ...