Rabbit Holes With Randy — Finding Probate Records For My Ancestors Using Record Hints on Ancestry.com

 I’ve discovered and transcribed lots of of probate information for my ancestors and printed them on this weblog and listed them in my Amanuensis Monday post collection.

Nonetheless, I do know that I’ve missed discovering some over time and needed a option to discover these I’ve missed without looking for each certainly one of my ancestors within the Ancestry.com state probate collections.  

Aha – possibly I can use the “Mining Ancestry.com Hints From a Specific Collection” Tool that I’ve used for different file collections.  I’ve a really mature Ancestry Member Tree with over 200,000 File Hints, together with the probate file collections.  

Essentially the most lifeless ancestors I’ve are from Massachusetts, so I went to the “Massachusetts, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1635-1991” assortment and famous that the Ancestry database quantity is 9069 (it is within the URL).  

So if I exploit my Tree Quantity (“treenum” = 113002012) and the Ancestry database quantity (“dbas” = 9069) within the URL to get file Hints from my tree for this database  (https://www.ancestry.com/hints/tree/113002012/hints?hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=9069) I recover from 200 file hints for individuals in my database (in alphabetical order):

For the primary two Hints, I checked my information and I have already got discovered and transcribed these, so I’ll “Ignore” them.  Notice that the Trace record helpfully exhibits the relationships to me!

Additional down the record, I see Joseph Allen (seventh great-grandfather) and Ralph Allen (eighth great-grandfather).  

Checking my Amanuensis Monday record, I have already got Joseph’s will transcribed.  However I haven’t got Ralph’s!  I clicked on the picture to see the file abstract for Ralph Allen:

I clicked on the file picture thumbnail to see Ralph Allen’s handwritten will:

There are two pages for Ralph Allen’s probate file in Barnstable County, Massachusetts – the desire and a brief stock.  I downloaded them from Ancestry, renamed them, and saved them within the Ralph Allen household file listing on my pc.  I’ll transcribe it on certainly one of these Mondays and add it to the Notes for Ralph Allen and to the Amanuensis Monday record.

I browsed by way of the remainder of the over 200 entries within the File Trace record for this Massachusetts Ancestry file assortment, and located a number of extra probate information for my Massachusetts ancestors that I’ve not captured (e.g., Henry Howland 1670, Nicholas Busby-1657, John Eaton-1658, and so forth.).

Then I went by way of the New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire Probate Information on and located a number of extra probate information.  I must do extra on Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and California to seek out much more.  

So this was a really worthwhile two hours down this rabbit gap – and the outcomes will present me extra weblog fodder and details about my ancestors.  

This “Mining Ancestry.com Hints From a Specific Collection” Tool works for a lot of of Ancestry’s collections – however just for the highest 10% (by variety of information) of their collections which give File Hints.  I exploit it sometimes after I’m looking for one thing completely different to do in my analysis.  

Sadly, Ancestry has not been very cautious in indexing these probate file collections – I typically discover probate papers for unindexed households with the listed papers.  Notice that within the third picture that they’ve listed different names within the file.  

Notice that the hyperlink I used is particular to my Ancestry Member Tree – you’ll have to discover your Ancestry Member Tree Quantity and substitute it for my tree quantity to make it give you the results you want.

It is necessary to keep in mind that Ancestry doesn’t routinely discover File Hints for each particular person in your Ancestry Member Tree.  They supply Hints day by day for a number of individuals in your AMT (most likely randomly), however in the event you change one thing in a profile of an individual, or the particular person seems on the display of your Tree (pedigree or household views), then Hints will likely be generated.  So the consumer can “stimulate” Hints for individuals of their AMT by their tree and clicking to see extra ancestors or descendants of a profile.  


Disclosure:  I’ve had a totally paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has supplied materials issues for journey bills to conferences, and has hosted occasions and meals that I’ve attended in Salt Lake Metropolis, in previous years.

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