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Searching for Massachusetts Probate with the assistance of NEHGS.

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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)


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 to place an order with our Research Services Department.  This will save you a trip to the Archives and the County Courthouse.

Posted by David Lambert at 01/14/2011 01:12:17 PM | 

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