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.
Updated: January 2021
A version of this article appeared in the October 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine.