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Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915
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Kennebec, Maine, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1779-1915
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Probate Court,Kennebec County Courthouse, Augusta, Maine


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains probate estate files from the register's office in Augusta years 1779-1915. They are arranged alphabetical.


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

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates (Used to approximate event dates, i.e. a will is often written near time of death)

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

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  • The name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as the approximate death and place or probate date
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have also died in the same county. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Probate records often have information about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents. Be aware that the spouse named may not be the parent of the children listed
  • The records may omit the names of deceased family members and those who have previously received an inheritance

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

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