Will and Probate Resources

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Premium

On the bookshelf

? Inheritance in America: From Colonial Times to the Present by Carole Shammas, Marylyn Salmon and Michel Dahlin (Frontier Press)

? The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd edition, by Val D. Greenwood (Genealogical Publishing Co.). In particular, see chapters 15-17.

Find it on the Web

? Cyndi’s List — Wills and Probate

<>: Nearly 100 links.

? Glossary of Legal Terms


? Glossary of Unusual Terms Found in Wills


? Board for Certification of Genealogists: Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues

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? How to Read Probate Records

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? England Wills Exchange Database

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? Irish Ancestors — Wills


? National Archives of Scotland Fact Sheets — Wills and Testaments

<>: Requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader (download at <>).

? Scottish Archives Network

<>: Working to put 3.3 million Scottish wills online.

? Wills of Mayflower Passengers

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? Wills on the Web

<>: Links to online wills of celebrities and ordinary people alike.

From the October 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine