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== What is in This Collection? ==
 
== What is in This Collection? ==
 
This collection includes wills and probate records from the county of Kent, covering the period 1440-1881. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.   
 
This collection includes wills and probate records from the county of Kent, covering the period 1440-1881. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.   
  
 
Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did not specify an executor, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.  
 
Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did not specify an executor, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.  
 
 
=== Image Visibility ===  
 
=== Image Visibility ===  
 
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
 
=== To Browse This Collection ===
 
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
 
'''Wills and Probate Records''' may contain:  
 
'''Wills and Probate Records''' may contain:  
 
*Full name of deceased
 
*Full name of deceased
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*Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid  
 
*Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid  
 
*Property names
 
*Property names
 
 
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
 
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
 
*Name of the deceased
 
*Name of the deceased
 
*Approximate date of death
 
*Approximate date of death
 
 
=== View the Images ===
 
=== View the Images ===
 
View images in this collection by visiting the  
 
View images in this collection by visiting the  
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# Select '''County, Court'''
 
# Select '''Record Type'''
 
# Select '''Record Type'''
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1949814 England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1949814 England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
 
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===  
 
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===  
 
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
 
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
 
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*If the name of a spouse in found, search for a marriage record
 
*If the name of a spouse in found, search for a marriage record
 
*Continue to search for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
 
*Continue to search for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
 
 
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===  
 
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===  
 
*Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name in a church record
 
*Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name in a church record
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**London and Surrey to the west
 
**London and Surrey to the west
 
**East Sussex to the south
 
**East Sussex to the south
 
 
=== Research Helps ===
 
=== Research Helps ===
 
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[Kent, England Genealogy|Kent]].
 
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[Kent, England Genealogy|Kent]].
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* [[England Record Finder]]
 
* [[England Record Finder]]
 
* [[England Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
* [[England Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
 
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes wills and probate records from the county of Kent, covering the period 1440-1881. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did not specify an executor, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Wills and Probate Records may contain:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Names of beneficiaries (usually surviving spouse and children)
  • Name of executor or administrator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date and place of will or probate
  • Relatives present at the time of death
  • Itemization of household goods and property
  • Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid
  • Property names

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Approximate date of death

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select County, Court
  2. Select Record Type
  3. Select Year, Surname Range, Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Using probate dates, estimate a death year and look for a death record
  • If a death date is found, along with an age, estimate a birth year and search for birth records
  • Use the names of relatives mentioned in the will and probate documents to look for families in censuses
  • If the name of a spouse in found, search for a marriage record
  • Continue to search for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name in a church record
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of matches
  • Search in neighboring towns and counties
    • Essex to the north
    • London and Surrey to the west
    • East Sussex to the south

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Kent.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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