Free access to new US wills and probate records – plus…

Free access to new US wills and probate records – plus…

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…all US birth, marriage, and death records. I had heard about the free access to new US wills and probate records, but upon visiting their site, I discovered they are also offering free access to the US birth, marriage and death records through Monday, September 7, 2015.

 

Ancestry.com has provided the following descriptions of what is contained in the wills and probate records.

What Are Wills?

Before he died, Jonathan Stark (the “testator”) provided instructions on how he wanted his estate distributed. His 1919 will describes his land and property, and includes names of heirs, witnesses, and guardians.

Wills in your family story can reveal the same kinds of rich details.

What Are Probate Records?

A variety of records are created when the court deals with handling the property and affairs of the deceased. For Mr. Stark, it started with proving the will’s accuracy.
These “probate records” give insight into his life—with lists of his personal possessions, information about property and residences, and even relationship details.

Probate records for your ancestors can yield similar gems of information.


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