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Ask a Genealogist: Probate record books versus file papers.

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Question:

Can you tell me why NEHGS has some microfilm of probates with the file papers and some as the record books?

Answer:

NEHGS has purchased most of our New England probate microfilm collection from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In some case the LDS Church chose to film the actual file papers for the probate (example: Conn. Probate; Middlesex County Mass., etc.).  Other collections they chose to film the probate record books.  If there is an option NEHGS would normally purchase the papers, over the record book copies.  The file papers often contain receipts not included in the record books.

Posted by David Lambert at 02/01/2013 11:53:41 PM | 


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