Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images of probate records from Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

“The collection consists of probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. This collection is being published as images become available. The collection includes records from 1686 to 1915.

 

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What Can I Learn from Massachusetts Probate Records?

 

These probate records may include:

  • Petitions
  • Inventories
  • Accounts
  • Decrees
  • Oaths of executors
  • Forms about guardians
  • Other court documents

 

Information in entries may include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as a spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)

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