== What Do I Do Next? ==
When you have located your ancestor’s probate 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. Add this new information to your records of each family.
=== I Found
Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
*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.
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===