Using Probate Records

Probate records are a tremendous, though somewhat intimidating, source of genealogical information. Many family historians don’t realize that even poor ancestors may have left behind a probate file filled to the brim with valuable information. Popular genealogist and blogger Marian Pierre-Louis demystifies the process of finding and interpreting the probate records left behind by your ancestors.


  • What probate records are (and how to find them)
  • Different types of probate records
  • Information you’ll find in a typical probate record
  • How to make it easier to access probate records
  • Why probate records are critical to your genealogical success
  • How to download the presentation and slides for future reference

This video class is part of the Power Course Probing for Clues: Using Probate Records to Find Your Ancestors, which is offered weekly.

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