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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.

One student’s experience:
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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
Intestate Process
 
Module 3
Testacy, Insolvency & Guardianship
Testate Process
Insolvency Cases
Guardianship
 

Module 4
State Information
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
 

Module 5
State Information
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
 

Module 6
General Information
Introduction
General Online Resources
Additional Online & Book Resources
 
 

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