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US: Probate Records
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This course discusses legal records created by the courts when an ancestor died. Some individuals had wills written before death, and in other cases "administration" records were kept of people who died without a will. Many other records could have been created depending on the time period, place, and prominence of the ancestor.

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Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• History & Terminology
• Terms of Probate Law
• Bibliography
 

Module 2
Intestacy
• General History of Intestacy
• The Law of Distribution
• The Degrees of Kinship
• Half-blood Relatives
• Wrongful or Suicide Deaths & Heirs
• Advancements
• Illegitimate Children
• Adopted & Stepchildren
• Example of an Adoption Record
• Example of an Adoption through a children's home
• Example of a Petition for Administration
• Example of an Administrative Bond
• Example of an Inventory
• Example of an Administrative Accounts
 

Module 3
Testacy, Insolvency & Guardianship
• The Testate Process
• Example of a Testate Case
• Example of a Testate Administrator
• Insolvency Cases
• Guardianship
• Example of Guardianship
• Example of Inventory of Guardian
• Example of a Guardian Application
 

Module 4
States, Alabama to Louisiana
• Alabama
• Arizona
• Arkansas
• California
• Colorado
• Connecticut
• Delaware
• Florida
• Georgia
• Hawaii
• Idaho
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
 

Module 5
States, Maine to Wyoming
• Maine
• Maryland
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• Montana
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• New Hampshire
• New Mexico
• New York
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Ohio
• Oklahoma
• Pennsylvania
• Rhode Island
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Texas
• Utah
• Vermont
• Washington
• West Virginia
• Wisconsin
• Wyoming
 

Module 6
Online & Book Resources
 
 

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