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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
District of Columbia, 
United States
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Location of District of Columbia
Record Description
Record Type Probate Records
Collection years 1700-2017
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index and images of wills and deeds. The index records were created by robokeying.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

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

The record lists the names of the individuals who received a deed and from whom the deed was received and the year the transaction took place. Bills of sale, covenants, agreements, certificates and mortgages are also listed.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Approximate year transaction took place

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

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]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain additional information
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of District of Columbia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Image Citation:
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