Navigating Wills & Probate Records on Ancestry.com

These records are a goldmine of information. On the one hand, they can prove family relationships. For African Americans with enslaved ancestors, they can show who owned your ancestors from generation to generation – as well as indicate who may have fathered your enslaved mixed-race ancestors.

All I can say is that I have made some genuinely amazing family history discoveries using probate records and wills on a number of online digital record services.

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