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Description[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this task is to add a template and a paragraph with a corresponding FHLC template concerning probate petitions on microfilm for 29 counties.

Instructions[edit | edit source]

1. For ALL counties in New York, place the following template under the first template listed under Probate Heading, replacing Clinton with the name of your county:

{{NYProbate petitions|Clinton}}

2. For each of the counties listed on the chart below, do the following:

a. Copy and paste the following sentence after the {{NYProbate petitions|NAME OF COUNTY}} template under the Probate Records heading:
The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers: {{FHL|209885|item|disp=FHL film 597819 (first of 690)}}. [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|How to use Family History Library Catalog ]]
b. Replace the FHLC template (FHL film 597819 (first of 690)) above with the wikitext from the chart for the appropriate county.

NOTE: use the FHL Catalog Entry Template for more FHLC template options.


County Packets Notes FHLC
Alleghany 1897–1930 In FHLC as "Surrogates Records"
FHL Film 594805(first of over 500 films)
Cayuga 1799–1905 In FHLC as "Surrogates Records"
FHL Film 861020(first of over 1000 films)
Chautauqua Nil Petitions in "probate of wills books" 1841–1901
FHL Film 810272(first of 17 films) Index available
Chemung 1836–1900 In FHLC as "Estate Papers" FHL Film 869194(Index to 207 films)
Columbia 1830–1880
In FHLC as "will papers" and "administration papers" 1830–1880
FHL Film 587933(first of 77 films)Will papers

FHL Film 479417(first of 37 films)Administration papers

Cortland 1810–1893
In FHLC as "Estate Files" 1810–1893
FHL Film 1819656(first of 27 films)
Delaware 1797–1915
In FHLC as "Estate papers and proceedings, 1797–1900
FHL Film 833575(first of 331 films) Indexed by surname in general index to wills and proceedings. FHL Film 833549–50
Dutchess 1793–1868
In FHLC as "Probate Packets"
FHL Film 913728(first of 120 films) Indexed in General index to surrogate records FHL Film 913654(first of 4 films)
Erie 1800–1929
In FHLC as "Surrogates Records"
FHL Film 925084(first of 891 films) Includes film index FHL Film 925093(first of 10 films)
Genessee Nil
Petitions in "probate books" 1856–1908
FHL Film 811142(first of 6 films) Includes index.

yes(alpha) 1800–1883+

In FHLC as "Estate papers"
FHL Film 480114(first of 126 films)
Hamilton 1861–1908
In FHLC as "Estate papers"
FHL Film 550037(first of 9 films)
Herkimer 1792–1900
In FHLC as "Estate papers"
FHL Film 847496(first of 300 films) Filed by Last letter of Surname.
Jefferson 1805–1900(1945)
In FHLC as "Estate papers"
FHL Film 894445 Item 3(first of 278 films) First film is an index.
Kings 19th Century
FHL has petitions interfiled by type of estate
Kings County Probate records
Madison 1806–1876
In FHLC as "Estate records"
FHL Film 425297(first of 77 films) Records are in case number order.
New York 19th Century
FHL has petitions interfiled by type of estate
New York County Probate records
Niagara 1822–1932
In FHLC as "Probate Records"
FHL Film 900543(first of 1068 films) First film is an index.
Oneida yes (1867–1965)
In FHLC as "Probate Proceedings"
FHL Film 398052(first of 92 films)
Otsego 1829–1934
In FHLC as "Petitions for probate"
FHL Film 947947(first of 13 films)
Queens 1830–1865
In FHLC as "Probate proceedings"
FHL Film 930757(first of 33 films) Index to Probate proceedings FHL Film 933001(first of 3 films)
Rensselaer yes (1793–1906)
In FHLC as "Probate Records"
FHL Film 1531541 Items 2-3 (first of 235 films) Indexes to these records are found on: FHL Film 550660 (first of 4 films)
Rockland 1802–1900
In FHLC as "Probate Records"
FHL Film 819733(first of 96 films)
Seneca 1830–1911
In FHLC as "Stanley I. Reynolds Collection" [typescript]
FHL Film 812847
Tompkins 1818–1900
In FHLC as "Petitions, proof of wills, letters of administration, and estate papers"
FHL Film 869195 (first of 59 films)
Ulster (1707) 1787–1921
In FHLC as "Probate records, 1707–1921 approx."
FHL Film 941437 Item 1 (first of 173 films) First film is an index to filing boxes.
Warren yes (1813–1955)
In FHLC as "Estate records, No. 1–13, 353; book of wills"
FHL Film 441867(first of 203 films) First film is an index to Estate records.
Westchester 1775–1900
In FHLC as "Estate tax files, 1775–1900"
FHL Film 597819 (first of 690 films)
Wyoming 1841–1900
In FHLC as "Petition and proofs of wills, 1841–1900" and "Petitions, bonds of administrators, 1841–1900"
FHL Film 815844(first of 42 films)

Example[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court.

Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records

Original Clinton County probate records are available online at FamilySearch. To access these records, choose "browse through images". Then, choose your county name, and then the probate record of interest.

Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as WikiProject New York/Tasks-Probate Petitions FHLC probate wills in online catalogs like:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011,

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