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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Dec 17, 2018

In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss one of our favorite record types for proving identity and parentage: probate records. These records are key in identifying relationships between children and their fathers in 18-19th century United States research. Probate records include wills, inventories, sales slips, receipts, debt payments, summons, petitions, and all kinds of records that reveal information about a family. Don't miss the important information about how to find probate records for your relatives, what to do with the probate file once you find it, and how to understand the information contained in each page. We have created a special freebie for you to download about Probate records here: U.S. Probate Records Cheat Sheet.


U.S. Probate Records Cheat Sheet -


Back to the Basics with Probate Records, Part 1

Back to the Basics with Probate Records, Part 2

Learning something New: The Nuncupative Will

Behind the Scenes at the Utah Archives and Diana's Probate Presentation Materials (direct links to the materials below)

-Probate Research Syllabus by Diana

-Using Probate Records Powerpoint slides by Diana

FamilySearch Research Wiki - search for articles about probate records in your state or county

FamilySearch Catalog - probate collections by U.S. County

Ancestry Probate Collections by U.S. State

Learn More

Research Like a Pro eCourse - register here

Study Group - more information and email list

Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on

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