New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of probate case files from these counties in New Hampshire:
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What Can I Learn from Probate Records?
- Name of the testator or deceased
- Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of the testator
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death).
How Can Probate Records Help Me Find Other Records?
With information from these records you may be able to:
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
- Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
- Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct