Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976 is a free collection at FamilySearch of Alabama estate files created by various county probate courts in Alabama. The collection has a name index and a place index and more than 2 million images. Not all images have been indexed.


These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.


What Can I Learn from Probate Records?


These records may contain: 

  • The name of the testator or deceased
  • Event year
  • Event place
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Sometimes the date of death


How Can Probate Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use a probate record to identify 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


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