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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.
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 ==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
The following information may be found in these records:
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? ===
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
===Record FinderResearch Helps ===Consult The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[New York Record Finder, 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]] to find other records<!--
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=New-York-Kings-County-Estate-Files-1866-1923-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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.
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
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;Collection Citation:"New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Surrogate Court, Brooklyn.{{Collection_Published}}
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