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* Finding living relatives with probate records

Probate records are records disposing of a deceased individual's property and may include an individual's last will and testament if one was made. Probate records often include the names of living relatives and their relationship to the deceased. You can usually find probate records in the county where the person lived at the time of their death. Of course, unless the deceased had young children, the individual cannot have died too many decades ago, or else the individuals named in the will will no longer be living.

To get a copy of an individual's probate packet or probate estate papers, contact the county clerk, town clerk, or probate clerk where the individual lived at the time of death. For county courthouse phone numbers and addresses, see our Resources by county. The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has a large collection of probate records on microfilm, both from the United States and from foreign countries.

For more information about court records, see the topic Court records.

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