Arkansas Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979
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|Location of Arkansas|
|County courthouses, Arkansas|
- 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 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?
This is a collection of probate records, including estate files and other documents created by the probate courts of Arkansas counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1817 to 1979, but the content and time period of the records varies.
Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your deceased ancestor
- The approximate death or probate date
- The residence of the deceased
Search the Index
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View the ImagesView images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Volume Title and Year to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979. 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?
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?
- Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members
I Found Who the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use a probate record to identify guardians, heirs and relatives
- Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years
- Use the information to locate census, christening, marriage and land records.
- Use the occupations to find employment or military records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Arkansas.
- Beginning Research in United States Probate Records
- Arkansas Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1880-Present
Known Issues With This Collection
Citing This Collection
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.