Wills and Other Probate Records: A Practical Guide to Researching Your Ancestors' Last Documents
Our ancestors' wills and related records can be a valuable source of genealogical information. This guide seeks to make will research available to all, from the novice family historian to the seasoned researcher seeking clarification on complexities.
INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTS
FINDING A WILL BEFORE 1858
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