AmericaGen Study Group

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapters 16 & 17 “Wills & Probate” from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.)

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Note: All panelists were invited ro read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits.

AmericaGen Study Group – Chapters 16 & 17 “Wills & Probate:



10:00:36 From Robbin Smith to All panelists : Good Morning all
10:00:45 From Lisa Gorrell : Welcome everyone! Happy New Year!
10:01:16 From Sheri Fenley : Hello from rainy Stockton California
10:01:17 From Melinda Culpon : Welcome everyone! Glad to be back
10:01:24 From Lisa Gorrell : \
10:01:41 From Molly McKinley : Wills and probate are so much fun to investigate. There are so many answers found there.
10:01:46 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Good morning everyone – here in sunny Florida
10:02:07 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Hello and Good Morning from Rainy and Windy California.
10:02:34 From Robbin Smith : GM all from Miami
10:02:38 From Cary Bright : Happy New Year and may all your brick walls loose a few bricks in 2019!!
10:03:11 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Good noon
10:03:28 From Robbin Smith : Congrats Lisa!
10:03:34 From cyndy Bray : Good morning from rainy Newman California, just down the road from Sheri
10:05:52 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Cyndy Bray, sad news re. Officer Singh. Condolences to the whole town.
10:06:48 From cyndy Bray : Thanks Sheryl, it’s a sad time we never thought we’d see
10:07:14 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Stay strong Cyndy.
10:11:16 From Robbin Smith : what is link to homework?
10:11:20 From Cary Bright : Ancestry Probate collection:
10:15:11 From Molly McKinley : I found one of my Alabama ancestors whose son moved to Arkansas probate records in both states.
10:15:24 From DearMYRTLE . : Cool Molly. 🙂
10:17:06 From Betty-Lu Burton : Many of the wills and probate are not indexed because these are higher hanging fruit and tend to be harder to index
10:17:50 From DearMYRTLE : Good because 70% of FamilySearch’s digital images are not under search or browse, but are only found in the catalog.
10:19:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : You may want to see if there is state archive that may have the records. Arkansas has the Butler Center in Little Rock that has many records too

10:25:06 From DearMYRTLE : AUCTIONED in most cases. And sometimes NEIGHBORS won’t bid, so the family can purchase at low prices.
10:25:55 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have seen an inventory where there was 2 or 3 people went in and determined the cost/price of the various things in the estate

10:30:09 From Valerie Lisk : Sometimes he Probate is indexed by the Executor and not the Deceased.

10:39:28 From DearMYRTLE : $20,000 in the early 1900s was a LOT of money.

10:48:18 From Cousin Russ : Sourcing the Lingo by Judy G. Russell

10:55:43 From Melinda Culpon : In older wills the Witnesses can be extremely important
10:57:42 From Valerie Lisk : I saw that one Cary, It’s excellent!

Mary Kircher Roddy’s Legacy Family Tree Webinar “Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County & State Records”
10:58:14 From DearMYRTLE  : Link to the webinar:
10:59:46 From Cousin Russ : Mary’s handouts are publicaly available:

11:00:27 From Maria Tegtmeier : Excellent information today. Thank you so much! Inspiring not be afraid of probate records.
11:00:37 From DearMYRTLE . : EXCELLENT WORK! 🙂
11:01:12 From Shelby Bender  : Excellent webinar – great information that we often overlook or just gloss over due to time constraints.
11:01:25 From Irene : This was great. So many ideas. Thank you.
11:01:25 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank you for the alternative incites and viewpoints.
11:01:33 From Robbin Smith : thx for all the wonderful information
11:04:08 From Irene : A probate record is the only thing I still need for my DAR app.

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