Maine, Somerset County, Probate Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Maine, Somerset County, Probate Estate Files, 1809-1915
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|Somerset, Maine, |
|Flag of Maine|
|Location of Somerset County, Maine|
|Location of Maine|
|Maine State Archives, Augusta|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 Sample Images
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Probate estate files acquired from the Maine State Archives in Augusta. The files are arranged by packet or case number. Many packets were missing at the time this collection was microfilmed.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Maine, Somerset County, Probate Estate Files, 1809-1915.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.
- Name of testator or deceased
- Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
- Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of testator
- Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will is often written near time of death)
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 the deceased
- The approximate death or probate date
- The place of death
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select Case File Number and Name Range to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Maine, Somerset County, Probate Estate Files, 1809-1915. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
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]
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
- Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
- Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have also died in the same county. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
- Probate records often have information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents. Be aware that the spouse named may not be the parent of the children listed
- The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record
- The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time of the probate proceeding are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames
- Check for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.
- Beginning Research in United States Probate Records
- Maine Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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