Ancestry.com Adds Massive Amount of Probate Data to Site

[see our followup post here]


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Ancestry.com has added a tremendous amount of probate materials to the site for a variety of United States states to their site. A few general comments about these records:

  • They are not every name indexed–in many cases it is the individual whose estate is being settled.
  • The indexes are not perfect.
  • In some cases the Ancestry.com index only indexes the “index page” of the a
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  • In some cases the courthouse may have additional records besides the ones Ancestry.com  has
  • These records can be browsed.

Use the index as a tool–not as gospel. We will have updates on these records as time moves forward. They are a wonderful set of records.

See our first followup to this post. And remember that these online records are incomplete for many counties.

Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999
Alaska, Wills and Probate Records, 1883-1978
Arizona, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1995
Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998
California, Wills and Probate Records, 1782-1999
Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974
Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Delaware, Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971
Florida, Wills and Probate Records, 1810-1974
Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992
Hawaii, Wills and Probate Records, 1822-1962
Idaho, Wills and Probate Records, 1857-1989
Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999
Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999
Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997
Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987
Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
Louisiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1756-1984
Maine, Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999
Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1878
Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991
Michigan, Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980
Minnesota, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1999
Mississippi, Wills and Probate Records, 1780-1982
Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988
Montana, Wills and Probate Records, 1831-1952
Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-1989
Nevada, Wills and Probate Records, 1906-1925
New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982
New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999
New Mexico, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1993
New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
North Dakota and South Dakota, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985
Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
Oklahoma, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-2008
Oregon, Wills and Probate Records, 1833-1963
Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932
South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980
Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1727-2008
Texas, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-2000
Utah, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985
Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999
There are several Virginia databases—slightly different from the “Wills and Probates” for other states:

·         Virginia Will Records

·         Virginia Wills Before 1799

·         Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records 1639-1850

Washington, D.C., Wills and Probate Records, 1737-1952
Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1807-1997
West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1978
Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987
Wyoming, Wills and Probate Records, 1864-1915
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6 thoughts on “Ancestry.com Adds Massive Amount of Probate Data to Site

    • There are some Virginia materials on Ancestry.com from court and probate records, but Virginia does not appear to be a part of the large collection of images of probate records that was released earlier this week.

  1. I’m having a wonderful time looking for information. So far I’ve found four wills for ancestors that I didn’t have before. I’ve also found from another will that our Matilda is not the Matilda we thought she was, so I’m back to the drawing board for her. But I am so grateful to have found records that showed we were wrong about her. The wills I’ve found are priceless to me.

    Thanks for your tip and your list. It will be very helpful!

  2. I have found that in some cases the administrator’s name or the guardian’s name is the one indexed, rather than the deceased person. Better than nothing! Thanks for the bookmark 🙂

    • I’ve found that, too! My James Rampley had an “estate” in Ohio in the 1820s according to the index—decades before he died. That’s a good reminder–I may have to make that a tip of the day! 😉

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