Ever wonder why a will or probate record cannot be located for your ancestor?

If your ancestor died at a late age, it could be that all of his property had already been given to those whom he wanted to have it.

I have an ancestor who I know died in a certain county in New York.  However, no will or probate has been found.  Looking at the previous census record, he was listed in the family of his daughter and son-in-law.  And, the year after his death, in the next census, his daughter and son-in-law are listed owning their property – worth more than the previous census.  It could be that my ancestor had already given his property to his daughter, so there was no need for a will.

Something to think about!