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== What is in This Collection? ==
 
== What is in This Collection? ==
 
 
The collection consists of images of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county.  
 
The collection consists of images of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county.  
 
 
 
 
=== Image Visibility ===  
 
=== Image Visibility ===  
 
 
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{{Image Visibility}}  
 
 
=== To Browse This Collection ===
 
=== To Browse This Collection ===
 
 
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==  
 
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==  
 
The following information may be found in these records:
 
The following information may be found in these records:
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*Names of witnesses  
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (may be used to approximate a death date since a will was usually written near the time of death).
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (may be used to approximate a death date since a will was usually written near the time of death).
 
 
== Collection Content ==
 
== Collection Content ==
 
=== Sample Image ===
 
=== Sample Image ===
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#Select the '''County'''  
 
#Select the '''County'''  
 
#Select the '''Record Type, Record Description''' to view the images.  
 
#Select the '''Record Type, Record Description''' to view the images.  
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2040534 Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2040534 Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979]. 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? ===
 
=== 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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log |research log]].
 
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? ==
 
== 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.
 
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? ===
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
*Add any new information to your records
 
*Add any new information to your records
*Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives  
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*Utilize probate records to identify heirs and relatives  
 
*Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date  
 
*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
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*Since probates exist for an earlier time period, use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records  
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
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*Locate census, church, and land records using the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased  
*Use the occupations listed to find employment records or other types of records such as military records
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*Using the occupations listed, find employment records or other types of records such as military records
 
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames  
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames  
 
*Check 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  
 
*Check 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 counties
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
 
 
=== Research Helps ===
 
=== Research Helps ===
 
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Maine, United States Genealogy|Maine]].
 
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Maine, United States Genealogy|Maine]].
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* [[Maine Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
* [[Maine Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
* [[Step-by-Step Maine Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
 
* [[Step-by-Step Maine Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
 
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found.  Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found.  Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
 
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, 
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1760-1979
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County courthouses, Maine


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of county probate books. The record content and time period varies by county.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Date of death
  • Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (may be used to approximate a death date since a will was usually written near the time of death).

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The place of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Record Description to view the images.

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]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Utilize probate records to identify heirs and relatives
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
  • Since probates exist for an earlier time period, use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records
  • Locate census, church, and land records using the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased
  • Using the occupations listed, find employment records or other types of records such as military records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check 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 counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.