American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society - Founded 1845 N.E. Historic Genealogical Society Seal View Your Shopping Cart Join NEHGS
Go

Ask a Genealogist

RSS Feed

Searching for Massachusetts Probate with the assistance of NEHGS.

 Permanent link
 
David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am wondering what is involved in researching Probate records? Ideally I would like to find a will or estate inventory for Bishop Parker, who died in Boston in 1804 or for his son, Richard Greene Parker, who died in Waltham in 1869. Do I need to go to the Probate Courts or the Massachusetts Archives? Thanks for any direction you can lend.

 

Answer: At NEHGS we have microfilm of probate and deeds for many of the Massachusetts counties, therefore we can offer you stop research assistance.  A quick search of the published index for Suffolk County Probate 1636-1893 does not produce a match for a Bishop Barker of Boston.  On our website we have the index for Middlesex County Probate 1648-1909 (this includes Waltham) www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=94&Da=133.

 

I have located a match for a Richard G. Parker who died in Watertown, Massachusetts (neighboring town of Waltham) in 1869.  His Administration is # 38937, and you can order copies of the original images from our microfilm.  Simply go online to www.americanancestors.org/research-services/ to place an order with our Research Services Department.  This will save you a trip to the Archives and the County Courthouse.


New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA
888-296-3447

© 2010 - 2014 New England Historic Genealogical Society