Free Tennessee Probate Records and Wills

Probate records and wills are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

What can you find in these records? How about date of death, spouses and children names, birth order, siblings and siblings spouses, parents names, and residence locations for all named persons. Also, ownership of land and/or other significant property, business names and occupation, military service, guardianships, and adoptions. Basically, anything owned by the deceased is typically listed and to whom it is to be assigned.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the probate process – all I know is that I have discovered an amazing amount of good information from probate records and wills as part of my personal genealogy research. 

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching probate documents and wills:​

​Below, listed are links to probate records, wills, and indexes available for free online for the state.

Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired will or probate record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., (archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Tennessee Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Digital Library of Georgia to Add 126 New Historical Newspaper Titles in Fall 2021

Source: Digital Library of Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia has just announced the 126 new digitized titles that will be added to the Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) website during the Fall of 2021.

The complete article announcement can be read HERE

Here is the list of the titles, organized by funding source:

Georgia Public Library Service-funded newspaper titles:

  • Advertiser (Cleveland), 1881
  • Brunswick Times, 1923-1932
  • Camila Enterprise, 1904-1926
  • Cleveland Advertiser, 1880-1881
  • Cleveland Courier, 1896-1965
  • Courier Sentinel (Ellijay), 1898-1899
  • Covington News, 1909-1924
  • Covington Star, 1885-1902
  • Ellijay Courier, 1877-1915
  • Ellijay Times, 1906-1915
  • Georgia Enterprise (Covington), 1889-1909
  • Pelham Journal, 1908-1924
  • Times-Courier (Ellijay), 1916-1924

R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation-funded newspaper titles:

  • Abbeville Chronicle, 1898-1901
  • Adel News, 1900-1904
  • Advertiser (Fort Gaines), 1887-1890
  • Advocate-Democrat (Crawfordville, Ga.), 1893-1899
  • American Union (West Bowersville), 1885-1893
  • Arlington Advance, 1879-1882
  • Ashburn Advance, 1897-1900
  • Banner-Messenger (Buchanan), 1891-1900
  • Baptist Reporter (Guyton), 1888
  • Blackshear News, 1878-1882
  • Blackshear Times, 1889-1901
  • Blairsville Free Press, 1892
  • Blairsville Herald, 1892-1902
  • Blue Ridge Post, 1893-1913
  • Bogart News, 1897
  • Bulloch County Banner (Statesboro), 1893
  • Bulloch Herald (Statesboro), 1899-1901
  • Bulloch Times (Statesboro), 1893-1898
  • Calhoun County Courier (Leary), 1882-1902
  • Carnesville Advance, 1899-1917
  • Carnesville Tribune, 1890-1894
  • Clay County Reformer (Fort Gaines), 1894
  • Clinch County News (Homerville), 1898-1911
  • Columbia Sentinel (Harlem), 1885-1923
  • Conyers Examiner, 1878-1883
  • Conyers Weekly, 1883-1888
  • Conyers Weekly, 1895-1901
  • Conyers Weekly-Banner, 1901-1902
  • Cordele Sentinel, 1899-1902
  • Correspondent (Roberta), 1892-1903
  • Crawford County Correspondent (Roberta), 1892
  • Crawford County Herald (Knoxville), 1890-1892
  • Crawfordville Advocate, 1895-1896
  • Crawfordville Democrat, 1881-1893
  • DeKalb News (Decatur), 1884
  • Democrat (Crawfordville), 1877-1881
  • Demorest Times, 1891-1894
  • Dispatch (Ocilla), 1899
  • Dodge County Journal (Eastman), 1887
  • DuPont Okefenokean, 1880
  • Eastman Times (Eastman), 1879-1887
  • Echols Echo (Statenville), 1916
  • Enterprise (Carnesville), 1890-1892
  • Enterprise-Record (Gibson), 1892
  • Excelsior News, 1879
  • Fannin County Gazette (Morganton), 1891
  • Fitzgerald Enterprise, 1897-1902
  • Fitzgerald Leader, 1897-1912
  • Fort Gaines Sentinel, 1895-1902
  • Fort Valley Mirror, 1880-1881
  • Franklin County Register (Carnesville), 1878-1888
  • Georgia Farmer (Statesboro), 1892
  • Gibson Record, 1892-1933
  • Hale’s Weekly (Conyers), 1892-1895
  • Hamilton Journal, 1881-1906
  • Hancock Weekly Journal (Sparta), 1869-1870
  • Haralson Banner (Buchanan), 1884-1891
  • Headlight (Gray), 1889
  • High Shoals Messenger, 1897
  • Industrial Banner (DuPont), 1892
  • Irwin County News (Ocilla), 1893-1897
  • Jasper News, 1885
  • Jesup Sentinel, 1890-1907
  • Jones County Headlight (Gray), 1888-1889
  • Jones County News (Gray), 1895-1906
  • Knoxville Journal, 1888-1889
  • Leader Fort Valley, 1897
  • Lincoln Home Journal, 1898-1902
  • Lincolnton News, 1882-1890
  • Lithonia New Era, 1890
  • Lumpkin Independent, 1891-1902
  • Monroe Advertiser (Forsyth), 1888-1902
  • Morgan Monitor, 1897-1899
  • Morganton News, 1891
  • Murray County Gazette (Spring Place), 1879-1879
  • Murray News (Spring Place), 1897-1909
  • North Georgia Times (Spring Place), 1881-1891
  • Ocilla Dispatch, 1899-1901
  • Oconee Enterprise (Watkinsville), 1887-1915
  • Oglethorpe Echo (Lexington), 1878-1898
  • Pickens County Herald (Jasper), 1888-1899
  • Pickens County Progress (Jasper), 1899-1926
  • Pike County Journal (Zebulon), 1888-1902
  • People’s Advocate (Crawfordville), 1893
  • Record (Wrightsville), 1897-1900
  • Rockdale Banner (Conyers), 1888-1900
  • Schley County Enterprise (Ellaville), 1886-1888
  • Schley County News (Ellaville), 1889-1900
  • Solid South (Conyers), 1885-1892
  • South Georgian (McVille), 1879-1880
  • Southeast Georgian (Kingsland), 1895-1932
  • Southern Record (Toccoa), 1897-1898
  • Southern Times & Planter (Sparta), 1874
  • Sparta Times and Planter (Sparta), 1874
  • Spring Place Jimplecute, 1891-1903
  • Statesboro Eagle, 1889-1891
  • Statesboro Star, 1894-1899
  • Stillmore Times, 1898
  • Sylvania Telephone, 1879-1907
  • Times-Journal (Eastman), 1899
  • Times & Planter (Sparta), 1874
  • Toccoa News, 1880-1889
  • Toccoa News and Piedmont Industrial Journal, 1889-1893
  • Toccoa News, 1893-1896
  • Toccoa Times, 1894-1896
  • Toccoa Times-News, 1896-1897
  • Toccoa Record, 1901-1902
  • Tribune (Buchanan), 1898-1901
  • Watkinsville Advance, 1880-1881
  • Wayne County News (Jesup), 1897-1910
  • Wiregrass Cracker (Homerville), 1883
  • Wrightsville Recorder, 1880-1902
  • Young Harris News, 1900

For other free online digitized newspapers from Georgia, go to Georgia Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Free New Jersey Online Voter Records

Voter registration records are available online and offline from all over the world and are what I consider a hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

Here are several reasons why voter records are such a wonderful tool for researching (and finding) ancestors:

  • They fill in the gaps between censuses – in the ten years between censuses – people move, they die, they get married, etc. The advantage of voter registration records is that they can tell you their address, their occupation, etc. And like city directories, they are published yearly or every couple of years.
  • Naturalization information – in some records from the 1800s, the date, and place of naturalization is included, which can provide leads for obtaining their detailed naturalization records.
  • Middle names – often a complete name is included in voter registration records – in fact, the only place that I ever found my great grandfather’s middle name was in several of these records. Prior to finding them, I only knew his middle name as an initial.
  • You can find a spouse – after 1920 for all of America, women could vote – so at that time their names began to show up in Voter Registration records. Some states had passed women’s suffrage laws prior to 1920, but just a few. To be complete – women in some states in the late 1700s had voting rights until they were all taken away by 1807. The given name of a woman is sometimes included in the voter registration record.. If a man and a woman with the same last name lived at the same address on the registration list, one could surmise that they were married to each other or they could be siblings or have a parent-child relationship. But there is a good possibility that they may be married to each other, providing more clues.
  • Nativity – again in the 1800s, the place of birth is entered, which is especially helpful for finding naturalized immigrants.
  • Physical Characteristics – in a few states, the voter registration form includes the applicant’s age, height, complexion, eye and hair color, as well as any distinguishing marks or scars.
  • Political party or affiliation – usually abbreviated as Dem or Rep, but you will find other party names as well in addition to “None”. Remember that Democrats and Republicans from years ago did not necessarily align with the same principles as the parties do today.
  • Migration – a few voter registration forms include a question regarding how long the voter lived in the state, the county, and the precinct. This can be useful to determine when they moved, which can help determine their whereabouts for additional research.

Most of the voter registration records are still in paper form or have been microfilmed. There is quite a bit online though, and I am capturing those links and they are below. The paid subscription sites such as Ancestry, Fold3, My Heritage, and FindMyPast have voter registration collections also. 

Below are links to voter records available online. Unfortunately, some just list the voter’s name. Although that is sparse information it can help you find a person’s residence at a certain point in time, again helpful to find where ancestors resided between the census years.

Note 1: There may appear to be duplicate titles in the links. This is because there are scanned images of an original typed list or scanned images of original applications, and also a transcribed copy of a voter registration list.

Note 2: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.​

​(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

​For links to other states go to the Voter Records page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free New Jersey Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free Maryland Online Voter Records

Voter registration records are available online and offline from all over the world and are what I consider a hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

Here are several reasons why voter records are such a wonderful tool for researching (and finding) ancestors:

  • They fill in the gaps between censuses – in the ten years between censuses – people move, they die, they get married, etc. The advantage of voter registration records is that they can tell you their address, their occupation, etc. And like city directories, they are published yearly or every couple of years.
  • Naturalization information – in some records from the 1800s, the date, and place of naturalization is included, which can provide leads for obtaining their detailed naturalization records.
  • Middle names – often a complete name is included in voter registration records – in fact, the only place that I ever found my great grandfather’s middle name was in several of these records. Prior to finding them, I only knew his middle name as an initial.
  • You can find a spouse – after 1920 for all of America, women could vote – so at that time their names began to show up in Voter Registration records. Some states had passed women’s suffrage laws prior to 1920, but just a few. To be complete – women in some states in the late 1700s had voting rights until they were all taken away by 1807. The given name of a woman is sometimes included in the voter registration record.. If a man and a woman with the same last name lived at the same address on the registration list, one could surmise that they were married to each other or they could be siblings or have a parent-child relationship. But there is a good possibility that they may be married to each other, providing more clues.
  • Nativity – again in the 1800s, the place of birth is entered, which is especially helpful for finding naturalized immigrants.
  • Physical Characteristics – in a few states, the voter registration form includes the applicant’s age, height, complexion, eye and hair color, as well as any distinguishing marks or scars.
  • Political party or affiliation – usually abbreviated as Dem or Rep, but you will find other party names as well in addition to “None”. Remember that Democrats and Republicans from years ago did not necessarily align with the same principles as the parties do today.
  • Migration – a few voter registration forms include a question regarding how long the voter lived in the state, the county, and the precinct. This can be useful to determine when they moved, which can help determine their whereabouts for additional research.

Most of the voter registration records are still in paper form or have been microfilmed. There is quite a bit online though, and I am capturing those links and they are below. The paid subscription sites such as Ancestry, Fold3, My Heritage, and FindMyPast have voter registration collections also. 

Below are links to voter records available online. Unfortunately, some just list the voter’s name. Although that is sparse information it can help you find a person’s residence at a certain point in time, again helpful to find where ancestors resided between the census years.

Note 1: There may appear to be duplicate titles in the links. This is because there are scanned images of an original typed list or scanned images of original applications, and also a transcribed copy of a voter registration list.

Note 2: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.​

​(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

​For links to other states go to the Voter Records page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Maryland Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free Delaware Online Voter Records

Voter registration records are available online and offline from all over the world and are what I consider a hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

Here are several reasons why voter records are such a wonderful tool for researching (and finding) ancestors:

  • They fill in the gaps between censuses – in the ten years between censuses – people move, they die, they get married, etc. The advantage of voter registration records is that they can tell you their address, their occupation, etc. And like city directories, they are published yearly or every couple of years.
  • Naturalization information – in some records from the 1800s, the date, and place of naturalization is included, which can provide leads for obtaining their detailed naturalization records.
  • Middle names – often a complete name is included in voter registration records – in fact, the only place that I ever found my great grandfather’s middle name was in several of these records. Prior to finding them, I only knew his middle name as an initial.
  • You can find a spouse – after 1920 for all of America, women could vote – so at that time their names began to show up in Voter Registration records. Some states had passed women’s suffrage laws prior to 1920, but just a few. To be complete – women in some states in the late 1700s had voting rights until they were all taken away by 1807. The given name of a woman is sometimes included in the voter registration record.. If a man and a woman with the same last name lived at the same address on the registration list, one could surmise that they were married to each other or they could be siblings or have a parent-child relationship. But there is a good possibility that they may be married to each other, providing more clues.
  • Nativity – again in the 1800s, the place of birth is entered, which is especially helpful for finding naturalized immigrants.
  • Physical Characteristics – in a few states, the voter registration form includes the applicant’s age, height, complexion, eye and hair color, as well as any distinguishing marks or scars.
  • Political party or affiliation – usually abbreviated as Dem or Rep, but you will find other party names as well in addition to “None”. Remember that Democrats and Republicans from years ago did not necessarily align with the same principles as the parties do today.
  • Migration – a few voter registration forms include a question regarding how long the voter lived in the state, the county, and the precinct. This can be useful to determine when they moved, which can help determine their whereabouts for additional research.

Most of the voter registration records are still in paper form or have been microfilmed. There is quite a bit online though, and I am capturing those links and they are below. The paid subscription sites such as Ancestry, Fold3, My Heritage, and FindMyPast have voter registration collections also. 

Below are links to voter records available online. Unfortunately, some just list the voter’s name. Although that is sparse information it can help you find a person’s residence at a certain point in time, again helpful to find where ancestors resided between the census years.

Note 1: There may appear to be duplicate titles in the links. This is because there are scanned images of an original typed list or scanned images of original applications, and also a transcribed copy of a voter registration list.

Note 2: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.​

​(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

For links to other states go to the Voter Records page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Delaware Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free Virginia Online Voter Records

Voter registration records are available online and offline from all over the world and are what I consider a hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

Here are several reasons why voter records are such a wonderful tool for researching (and finding) ancestors:

  • They fill in the gaps between censuses – in the ten years between censuses – people move, they die, they get married, etc. The advantage of voter registration records is that they can tell you their address, their occupation, etc. And like city directories, they are published yearly or every couple of years.
  • Naturalization information – in some records from the 1800s, the date, and place of naturalization is included, which can provide leads for obtaining their detailed naturalization records.
  • Middle names – often a complete name is included in voter registration records – in fact, the only place that I ever found my great grandfather’s middle name was in several of these records. Prior to finding them, I only knew his middle name as an initial.
  • You can find a spouse – after 1920 for all of America, women could vote – so at that time their names began to show up in Voter Registration records. Some states had passed women’s suffrage laws prior to 1920, but just a few. To be complete – women in some states in the late 1700s had voting rights until they were all taken away by 1807. The given name of a woman is sometimes included in the voter registration record.. If a man and a woman with the same last name lived at the same address on the registration list, one could surmise that they were married to each other or they could be siblings or have a parent-child relationship. But there is a good possibility that they may be married to each other, providing more clues.
  • Nativity – again in the 1800s, the place of birth is entered, which is especially helpful for finding naturalized immigrants.
  • Physical Characteristics – in a few states, the voter registration form includes the applicant’s age, height, complexion, eye and hair color, as well as any distinguishing marks or scars.
  • Political party or affiliation – usually abbreviated as Dem or Rep, but you will find other party names as well in addition to “None”. Remember that Democrats and Republicans from years ago did not necessarily align with the same principles as the parties do today.
  • Migration – a few voter registration forms include a question regarding how long the voter lived in the state, the county, and the precinct. This can be useful to determine when they moved, which can help determine their whereabouts for additional research.

Most of the voter registration records are still in paper form or have been microfilmed. There is quite a bit online though, and I am capturing those links and they are below. The paid subscription sites such as Ancestry, Fold3, My Heritage, and FindMyPast have voter registration collections also. 

Below are links to voter records available online. Unfortunately, some just list the voter’s name. Although that is sparse information it can help you find a person’s residence at a certain point in time, again helpful to find where ancestors resided between the census years.

Note 1: There may appear to be duplicate titles in the links. This is because there are scanned images of an original typed list or scanned images of original applications, and also a transcribed copy of a voter registration list.

Note 2: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.​

​(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

​For links to other states go to the Voter Records page.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Virginia Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free South Carolina Probate Records and Wills

Probate records and wills are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

What can you find in these records? How about date of death, spouses and children names, birth order, siblings and siblings spouses, parents names, and residence locations for all named persons. Also, ownership of land and/or other significant property, business names and occupation, military service, guardianships, and adoptions. Basically, anything owned by the deceased is typically listed and to whom it is to be assigned.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the probate process – all I know is that I have discovered an amazing amount of good information from probate records and wills as part of my personal genealogy research. 

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching probate documents and wills:​

​Below, listed are links to probate records, wills, and indexes available for free online for the state.

Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired will or probate record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., (archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free South Carolina Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free North Carolina Probate Records and Wills

Probate records and wills are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

What can you find in these records? How about date of death, spouses and children names, birth order, siblings and siblings spouses, parents names, and residence locations for all named persons. Also, ownership of land and/or other significant property, business names and occupation, military service, guardianships, and adoptions. Basically, anything owned by the deceased is typically listed and to whom it is to be assigned.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the probate process – all I know is that I have discovered an amazing amount of good information from probate records and wills as part of my personal genealogy research. 

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching probate documents and wills:​

​Below, listed are links to probate records, wills, and indexes available for free online for the state.

Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired will or probate record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., (archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free North Carolina Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free Alabama Probate Records and Wills

Probate records and wills are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

What can you find in these records? How about date of death, spouses and children names, birth order, siblings and siblings spouses, parents names, and residence locations for all named persons. Also, ownership of land and/or other significant property, business names and occupation, military service, guardianships, and adoptions. Basically, anything owned by the deceased is typically listed and to whom it is to be assigned.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the probate process – all I know is that I have discovered an amazing amount of good information from probate records and wills as part of my personal genealogy research. 

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching probate documents and wills:​

​Below, listed are links to probate records, wills, and indexes available for free online for the state.

Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired will or probate record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., (archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Alabama Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

Free West Virginia Probate Records and Wills

Probate records and wills are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

What can you find in these records? How about date of death, spouses and children names, birth order, siblings and siblings spouses, parents names, and residence locations for all named persons. Also, ownership of land and/or other significant property, business names and occupation, military service, guardianships, and adoptions. Basically, anything owned by the deceased is typically listed and to whom it is to be assigned.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the probate process – all I know is that I have discovered an amazing amount of good information from probate records and wills as part of my personal genealogy research. 

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching probate documents and wills:​

​Below, listed are links to probate records, wills, and indexes available for free online for the state.

Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired will or probate record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., (archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated September 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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