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.
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Estate files may include:
- The name of the testator or deceased
- Event year
- Event place
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- The date of death
“Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. The records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.”