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| end_year = 1923
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Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs from the deceased to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one, or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability.
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. The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance, or the spouse mentioned may not be the parent of the children mentioned.
=== Image Visibility ==={{Image Visibility}}  ===To Browse This Collection===
== Collection Content ===== Sample Images === <gallery perrow="2" widths="160px" heights="120px">Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_91.jpg|Application for ProbateImage:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_92.jpg|SummonsImage:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_97.jpg|PetitionImage:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_100.jpg|Testimony</gallery>  ==What Can This Collection These Records Tell Me?== Probate The following information may be found in these records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. Information in entries includes:
'''Probate''' records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.
*Name of testator or deceased
*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
*Date of death
== Collection Content ==
=== Sample Images ===
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Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_91.jpg|Application for Probate
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_92.jpg|Summons
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_97.jpg|Petition
Image:New York Probate Records DGS 4712618_100.jpg|Testimony
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 To begin your search Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:*The name of the deceased
*The place of residence
*The approximate death or probate date
*The name of === Search the deceasedIndex ==={{Search Collection Link| CID=CID1466356}}'''Search by Name by visiting === View the [ ===false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in your ancestor’s name on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  '''View images in this collection by visiting the ['''{{RecordSearch|1466356/waypoints |Browse Page]:|access=browse}}'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br>⇒Select #Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "'''County" category<br>⇒Select '''#Select the "'''Surname Letter" category<br>⇒Select ''' #Select the "'''Individual's Name, Year of Probate" category which takes you ''' to view the images.<br>  Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  With either search keep in mind:  *There may be more than one person in the records with the same name *You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name *Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life  {{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [ New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
==What = How Do I Do NextAnalyze the Results?=== 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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
== What Do I Do Next? ==
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. Add this new information to your records of each family.
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*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
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. 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
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
*Look for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
=== Research Helps ===
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[New York, United States Genealogy|New York]].
* [[GuidedResearch:New York|New York Guided Research]]
* [[New York Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
* [[Step-by-Step New York Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [ article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to []. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
== Citing This Collection ==
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;Collection Citation: "New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki></nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Surrogate Court, Brooklyn.{{Collection_Published}}
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