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== Limitations of a will ==
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== Limitations of a will ==
 
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When analyzing a will record, be aware of the following potential problems:
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*The spouse mentioned in the will may not be the mother of the children mentioned in the will
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*The will may omit a deceased child
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*The will may omit a child who already received their inheritance
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*Maiden names of female spouses are not usually mentioned
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*Children are not always listed in birth order
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*No every-name index for those listed in the will
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When analyzing a will record, be aware of the following potential problems:
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*The spouse mentioned in the will may not be the mother of the children mentioned in the will
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*The will may omit a deceased child
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*The will may omit a child who already received their inheritance
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*Maiden names of female spouses are not usually mentioned
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*Children are not always listed in birth order
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*No every-name index for those listed in the will
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*May have a problem with punctuation--Mary Beth, one name or two?
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*Sometimes cannot determine the difference between married and middle names
    
== Limitations of probate records ==
 
== Limitations of probate records ==
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