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Illinois Probate Records

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'''Territorial (1787 - 1818)'''<br>County Probate Judge and Clerk (1787 - 1795)<br>Orphans Court composed of Justices of Quarter Sessions (1795 - 1805)<br>Court of Common Pleas (1805 - 1816)<br>Clerk of County Court (1816 - 1819)
'''State (1818 - present)'''<br>Clerk of County Court (1816 - 1819)<br>Clerk of County's Commissioners' Court (1819 - 1821)<br>County Probate Court (1821 - 1848)<br>County Probate Court (for counties with 50,000+ population) (1870 - 1964)<br>County Court (1848 - 1964)<br>Circuit Court (1964 - present)
== State Statutes ==
Understanding the Illinois probate laws and how they changed over time can help us learn how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed and might help to solve difficult genealogical problems.
== Repositories ==
==== Local ====
Contact the Circuit Court of the county of interest to view or obtain copies of original records.
==== Regional ====
*[ The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories] includes some online Illinois probate indexes.
==== National ====
*The Family History Library has microfilmed many Illinois probate records, generally from the date of the county’s creation until the early 1900s. Probate records can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search.
== Statewide Record Collections ==
*[ FamilySearch Historical Records] collection includes free online images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian's records, and order books from probate courts in Illinois. The collection includes the following counties: Alexander, Coles, Effingham, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hancock, La Salle, Logan, Madison, Massac, Piatt, Pope, Rock Island, Shelby, White, Whiteside, and Williamson. The content and time period will vary by county.
*[ USGenWeb, Illinois] is a cooperative volunteer effort with links to resources in the state and counties.
== Learn More ==
Additional information about Illinois state statutes relating to probate matters can be found at law libraries.
*Anne Roach, ''[ Courthouse Records Overview]'' (35 minute online video) [ FamilySearch Research Classes Online], 2010.<br>
*Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, editors. ''The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.'' Third edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 2006. Of particular interest is the section, "Probate," pages 268 - 277. {{FHL|1211475|item}}
==== Published Materials ====
*Pease, Theodore Calvin. ''The Laws of the Northwest Territory, 1788-1800.'' Springfield, Illinois: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, [1925]. [{{FHL|289433|item}} (7 fiche)]
*Brayman, Mason. ''Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois''....Springfield: Walters &amp; Weber, 1845. View at [ Google Books] using the search term "probate" for references specific to probate.
*Hurd, Harvey Bostwick, editor. ''Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois. 1877.''...Chicago: Chicago Legal News Co., 1877. View at [ Google Books] using the search term "probate" for references specific to probate.
*Starr, Merritt and Russell H. Curtis, editors. ''Annotated Statutes of the State of Illinois in Force January 1, 1885 ....''Volume I. Chicago: Callaghan &amp; Co., 1885. View at [ Google Books] using the search term "probate" for references specific to probate.
==== Websites ====
Online digital versions of state statutes can often be found by conducting a search engine search for the term, "Illinois statutes." The following are examples of free, digital books related to Illinois probate laws:
== Sources ==
*Eichholz, Alice, Editor. ''Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources.'' Third Edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004, 185. {{FHL|1185723|item}}
*Pease, Theodore Calvin. "The County Archives of the State of Illinois." Clarence Walworth Alvord, editor. ''Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library.'' Volume XII. Springfield, Ill.: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1915. Chap. IV, pp. lxxviii-lxxxi. View a free digital version online at [ Google Books].
== References ==
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