New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of probate records from these counties in New Hampshire:

  • Belknap

  • Carroll

  • Cheshire

  • Grafton

  • Hillsborough

  • Merrimack

  • Rockingham

  • Strafford

  • Sullivan

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What Can I Learn from Probate Records?

 

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.

  • 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

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