Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Saturday Track 3 - Probate Records

Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.


Speaker:  Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG

Session 31 – Understanding Probate laws and Processes
American probate laws are based on British probate laws.  Effective genealogical research in probate records requires an understanding of probate laws and the processes they created.

Session 32 – Testate and Intestate Estates
Did your ancestor leave a will?  If not, how was their property disposed of and who received what?  What records were created and what can they tell you about your ancestor’s life and family?  Depending on the records created, you can learn a great deal of information about your ancestor from probate records.

Session 33 – Estate Inventories
Was he rich or poor?  What did he do for a living?  What was his everyday life like?  Did he owe money to others or did they owe money to him?  Analyzing his estate inventory can answer many questions about an ancestor’s life.

Session 34 – Guardianship Records
In the male dominated world of the 19th century, a widow had to be appointed the guardian of her own children by the court.  The laws governing guardianships vary from state to state and time-period to time-period.  The records documenting guardianships vary as well.  Guardianship records may contain a wealth of genealogical information and lead to other records.

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