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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
'''Probate records''' may include:
*Name of the testator or deceased
*Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
*Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
*Names of witnesses
*Residence of the testator
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
== Collection Content ==
=== Sample Image ===
Image:Michigan Probate Records (12-0100) DGS 5561078 62.jpg|Will
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
'''Probate records''' include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. They may include the following information:
 
*Name of the testator or deceased
*Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
*Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
*Names of witnesses
*Residence of the testator
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death).
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 To begin your search Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:*The name of your ancestor.*The approximate death or probate date. *The place of residence. *The names of family members who may be named in the probate record.
=== View the Images ===
View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|2013878|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select the '''Volume Title and Year''' to view the images.
Keep in mind:  *There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name. *Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.<br>
{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2013878 Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
== What Do I Do Next? ==
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