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== What is in the Collection?  ==  
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== What is in This Collection?  ==  
 
This collection includes probate records from Philadelphia for the years 1837 to 1865. Probate records were court documents and may have included both loose papers and bound volumes. These records were generally known as a case file or a probate packet. These files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books that may have been labeled with such titles as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth. The wills in this collection are loose documents arranged by box number then file number.  
 
This collection includes probate records from Philadelphia for the years 1837 to 1865. Probate records were court documents and may have included both loose papers and bound volumes. These records were generally known as a case file or a probate packet. These files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books that may have been labeled with such titles as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth. The wills in this collection are loose documents arranged by box number then file number.  
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Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.   
 
Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease.   
 
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.  
 
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.  
== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==  
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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 genealogical information:   
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Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. They may include the following genealogical information:   
 
*Name of the testator or deceased   
 
*Name of the testator or deceased   
 
*Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends   
 
*Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends   
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*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death).  
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death).  
 
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*The names of other family members and their relationships  
 
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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 Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===  
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===  
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
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*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.  
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents   
*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
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*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
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*Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period  
*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
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*You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
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*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
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*Search for 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. 
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. 
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas. 
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator. 
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
 
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes probate records from Philadelphia for the years 1837 to 1865. Probate records were court documents and may have included both loose papers and bound volumes. These records were generally known as a case file or a probate packet. These files normally included wills, settlement papers, inventories, receipts, and other records pertaining to the estates. Some probate records were recorded in books that may have been labeled with such titles as accounts, administrations, appraisals, minutes, petitions, guardianships, inventories, settlements, and so forth. The wills in this collection are loose documents arranged by box number then file number.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Probates have been recorded on a county basis since the origin of the Commonwealth in 1682. Some major cities such as Philadelphia also kept probate records. Complete records are available in most counties. Probate actions taken in a locality before the present county was formed are found in records of the parent county. Probate records were used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. If the deceased had made a will, the probate process transferred the following from the deceased to an executor or executrix: legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs. If there was no will, the transfer went to an administrator or administratrix. A guardian or conservator was appointed if the deceased had heirs younger than 21 or if the heirs were incompetent due to disability or disease. The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceedings are reliable, but realize that there is still a chance of misinformation. The records may omit the names of deceased family members or those who had previously received an inheritance. In some cases, the spouse mentioned in the will was not the parent of the children mentioned. Also, some wills do not name family members.

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

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. They may include the following genealogical 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 the Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The date of probate
  • The residence of your ancestor
  • The names of other family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Year
  2. Select Box Number and File Number to view the images.

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

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?[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 Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
  • Search for military records

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby countie

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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.

Collection Citation

"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Probate Records, 1837-1865." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2018. Citing Register of Wills Office, Philadelphia.

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