This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 30,807 Essex County probate cases filed between 1638 and 1840. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 1,200 pages, with a total of over 400,000 individual file papers.
Other Massachusetts probate records databases include Middlesex County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1648-1909; Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789; and Worcester County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1731-1881.
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Search the Essex Count, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840.