OnGenealogy includes online wills and online probate records and these vary a great deal by collection. Generally the will is included in the probate record.

 

Here’s a list of US Probate Records collections by state:

Alabama Probate Records online

Alaska Probate Records online

Arizona Probate Records online

Arkansas Probate Records online

California Probate Records online

Colorado Probate Records online

Connecticut Probate Records online

Delaware Probate Records online

DC Probate Records online

Florida Probate Records online

Georgia Probate Records online

Hawaii Probate Records online

Idaho Probate Records online

Illinois Probate Records online

Indiana Probate Records online

Iowa Probate Records online

Kansas Probate Records online

Kentucky Probate Records online

Louisiana Probate Records online

Maine Probate Records online

Maryland Probate Records online

Massachusetts Probate Records online

Michigan Probate Records online

Minnesota Probate Records online

Mississippi Probate Records online

Missouri Probate Records online

Montana Probate Records online

Nebraska Probate Records online

Nevada Probate Records online

New Hampshire Probate Records online

New Jersey Probate Records online

New Mexico Probate Records online

New York Probate Records online

North Carolina Probate Records online

North Dakota Probate Records online

Ohio Probate Records online

Oklahoma Probate Records online

Oregon Probate Records online

Pennsylvania Probate Records online

Rhode Island Probate Records online

South Carolina Probate Records online

South Dakota Probate Records online

Tennessee Probate Records online

Texas Probate Records online

Utah Probate Records online

Vermont Probate Records online

Virginia Probate Records online

Washington Probate Records online

West Virginia Probate Records online

Wisconsin Probate Records online

Wyoming Probate Records online

 

 

Probate records are court records created after a person dies as a means to distribute their belongings (estate) to their heirs. The estate may include a will (testate) or no will (intestate) and this may affect how and to whom the estate will be distributed. Depending on the collection and what was digitized, probate records may include:

  • a will

  • a death certificate

  • bonds – financial insurance required of the estate administrator

  • administration – who is appointed to oversee the estate

  • petitions

  • inventory of the estate listing assets and possessions

  • orders

  • decrees

  • distributions

 

And helpful genealogical information may include:

  • name of the deceased

  • death date and place

  • date of will and witness names

  • names of heirs which may include spouse, children, and other friends or relatives

  • value of the estate and the inventory of assets

  • residences of family members to whom parts of the estate will be distributed

 

Probate records can be used to identify family and understand family relationships, and find family residences and land records. The information may be invaluable for pinpointing where to start searching for extended family.

 

 

How To Search

If you’re looking for online wills and probate records for a specific locale, try using the search window on the homepage.

 

OnGenealogy Search window

Type “probate records” or “Substitute BMD” in the Find window, and start typing the locale in the Near window and then choose from the autosuggested locations that match what you’ve typed in. Select the magnifiying glass in the Search window to start your search with these filters.

 

You’ll get a list of any listings for that location that include probate records. You can then use the Refine Results menu in the right menu bar and increase or decrease the search radius to receive more or fewer results.

 

 

 

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