Maine, County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979
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Maine, 
United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1760-1979
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County courthouses, Maine


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Date of death
  • Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (may be used to approximate a death date since a will was usually written near the time of death).

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The place of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Record Description to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
  • Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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