Oklahoma Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Oklahoma Probate Records, 1887-2008
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains probate records and estate files, for the years 1887 to 2008, from Oklahoma counties. The content and time period varies by county.
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Oklahoma, Probate Records, 1887-2008.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will is often written near time of death)
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the deceased
- The approximate death or probate date
- The place of death
Search the Index
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View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Volume Title and Year to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Oklahoma Probate Records, 1887-2008. 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 research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
- Use the will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years
- Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records
- Use the occupations to find employment or military records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Oklahoma.
- Beginning Research in United States Probate Records
- Oklahoma Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.