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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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