New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 is a free collection of almost 3 million images of probate records and legal proceedings from the Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York Surrogate Court.


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[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Learn from New York Probate Records[/su_heading]
This Collection consists of images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. This collection is being published as images become available. It covers the years 1785 to 1950.
Probate records were court documents and may have involved loose papers and/or bound volumes generally known as an estate file or probate packet. These files included all documents related to estate settlement, such as:

  • Settlement papers
  • Inventories
  • Receipts
  • Wills

Other records pertaining to the estates include:

  • Accounts
  • Administrations
  • Appraisals
  • Minutes
  • Bonds
  • Petitions
  • Guardianships
  • Inventories
  • Settlements

[su_heading size=”18″]How Can Probate Records Help Me Find Other Records?[/su_heading]
With New York probate 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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