New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923 is a free collection at FamilySearch with searchable text records as well as almost 2 million browsable images from Kings County, New York estate records.

 

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What Can I Learn from New York Estate Records

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. These records 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
  • Date of death

 

How Can Estate and Probate Records Help Me Find Other Records?

With New York estate records information you can:

  • Use the names of heirs to find close family members and friends
  • Use the inventory to learn about the person’s financial situation, occupation, and family members to whom the belongings were given
  • Use any claims on the estate to learn more about the deceased’s life
  • Use the residence to search for land, tax, and court records
  • Look for the deceased person in the state or federal census and put an entire family together
  • Use the person’s age or death date and residence to search for birth records if no birth record is included in the probate file
  • Search for the person and any related heirs in local city directories and extract any information the city directory provides
  • Use the person’s age to estimate draft registration date and find draft registration records or military service records
  • Extract surviving family member information from death records and research each family member

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