AmericaGen Study Group

Feedback from the AmericaGen Study Group includes this comment from Molly McKinley “After the last lesson, I was able to find my great grandmother’s probate for her parents who died really young. It had the guardian’s payments for her keep, etc. And I also found my great-great grandfather’s probate. They were all in a different town, in the same county as they died. I was so happy to find that. Thanks for all the great conversation last time.”

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 18 – Intestate Records & 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.

DearMYRTLE’s AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 18 Combined Homework:



09:55:34 From Cary Bright : Molly McKinley what a wonderful find! Congrats
09:56:30 From Marceline Beem : Molly, are you keeping warm? We have morning temps in the 30s in north Florida!

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10:03:00 From Cousin Russ : When posting in the “Zoom Webinar Chat” , change the “TO” portion to read “ALL PANELISTS AND ATTENDEES.” By default it reads “all panelists.”
10:03:40 From Cousin Russ : The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.). This week we’re discussing Chapter 18
10:07:43 From Molly McKinley : It as in the low 40’s here. I have a wonderful heater…lol
10:10:30 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : I think the publication notice is a necessary part of the probate.
10:11:12 From Marceline Beem : I’m going to be in the Orlando area tomorrow, Molly. I was hoping it would be warmer than that!
10:12:31 From DearMYRTLE . : I think the publication notice is a necessary part of the probate to ensure the Administrator didn’t overlook an heir.
10:15:21 From DearMYRTLE . : I like the word INFER.
10:26:10 From Melinda Culpon to All panelists : Notice was given to make sure there are no other heirs or debts to creditors
10:30:19 From Cousin Russ : From DearMYRTLE — You are lucky the land was to be “kept for her children.” By law in this time period, her husband may have had authority to use the property as he wished simply because they were married.

10:37:16 From Marceline Beem : $30,000 in 1840 is the equivalent of $917,000 in today’s dollars
10:40:11 From Marceline Beem : The site used to calculate the current value is
10:40:46 From Marceline Beem : I put in $30000 1840 and it calculated the equivalent in today’s dollars
10:44:51 From DearMYRTLE . : . Thank-you, Marceline!

10:45:37 From Molly McKinley : By the time they settled my gggrandfather’s probate, his wife had died. The heirs each got less than $50 each. It took almost 10 years!
10:45:59 From Rebecca Williams : I had an ancestor whose probate lasted for years because they were trying to find one of the heirs. They found him in Nebraska and the grandfather died in Ohio.
10:46:09 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Russ we have comments.
10:47:48 From Lisa Gorrell : I have an administration record where the whereabouts of several of the sons was unknown. They went ahead with it without those heirs.
10:48:32 From Melinda Culpon to All panelists : In Louisiana – Civil Law – probate is called “sucession”
10:49:09 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : And “Civil Law” states are different from “Common Law” states.
10:50:23 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : cannot cancel spotlight video today either RUss.
10:50:33 From DearMYRTLE . : And “Civil Law” states are different from “Common Law” states.

10:51:11 From Cousin Russ : Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Understanding Courthouse Records: Originals vs. Duplicate Originals,” blog post, QuickTips: The Blog @ Evidence Explained ( : 24 January 2019).

11:00:56 From DearMYRTLE . :
11:01:36 From Valerie Lisk : I saw that on a Legacy Family Tree Webinar.
11:02:51 From Cary Bright : Yes Valerie – Legacy Family Tree Webinar about Exhaustive Research and GPS just done in the last week.
11:03:20 From Valerie Lisk : That’s it Cary!
11:03:48 From Lisa Gorrell : Thanks everyone!!

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