New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records
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New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection "New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900" consists of images of probate estate case files located at the 8th Circuit Court, Probate Division in Keene.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
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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 New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900.|
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 the testator or deceased
- Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Residence of the testator
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the 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 your ancestor
- The approximate date of death
- The names of relatives who may be named as heirs
Search the Index[edit | edit source]
|This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.|
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Case File Number and Year Range to view the images.
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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]
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
- 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 employment records or other types of records such as military records
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
- Consult the New Hampshire Record Finder to find other records
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New Hampshire.
- New Hampshire Guided Research
- New Hampshire Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Probate estate files, 1769-1885
- Probate estate files, 1886-1959
- Guardianship papers, 1824-1853
- Wills, 1799-1869
- Wills, Inventories, Claims, Accounts 1771-1815
- Administrations, 1823-1869
- Dowers claims, settlement of estates of widows, 1814-1886
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936
- New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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