Ohio, Stark County Probate Records, 1886-1921 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of early probate records from the Stark County Records Center in Ohio.
The contents of probate records vary greatly depending on the prevailing law and the personality of the record keeper.
Probate records in the state fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Most records mention the names of heirs and frequently specify how those heirs are related. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.
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What Can I Learn from Ohio Probate Records?
Probate 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 (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.)