So, you have found the probate file for your ancestor.  Wonderful!  Now, it is important to check the newspapers for information as well.

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After finding the date of death and the probate file, check the local newspapers.  Many local papers described the probate, and other court, cases that were being petitioned.  I have found some accounts in newspapers about the conflicts that were occurring over the probate case – information that gives names and residences of petitioners.  This is sometimes information that is not found in the file at the courthouse.

 

Maggie

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