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New York State Court of Probates Letters of Administration

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of letters of administration of estates of New York residents who died out-of-state, or non-residents who died in the state. Most of the letters are for estates of persons who died intestate (without a will). Microfilm copy covers the period 1778-1797 only.
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Quantity:
1.4 cubic feet, (4 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1778-1823
Series Number:
J0032

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Administrative History

In 1778 the State Legislature established a Court of Probates, which assumed most of the colonial governor's powers in probate matters. A 1787 statute established a Surrogate's Court in each county. The Court of Probates' jurisdiction was limited to hearing appeals from the Surrogate's Courts; supervising estates of New York residents who died out of state and of non-residents who died within the state; and issuing certain types of orders. The Court of Probates was abolished in 1823 and its remaining jurisdiction was given to the Surrogate's Court.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of letters of administration of estates of New York residents who died out-of-state, or non-residents who died in the State. Most of the letters are for estates of persons who died intestate (without a will). Volumes are fragile.

J0032-04: This accretion consists of a microfilm copy for the years 1778-1797 only.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

J0032-04: This microfilm is not available for duplication or interlibrary loan.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J0033 Administration Papers, contains related records.

Other finding aids

J0032-83, J0032-85: Name index in fore of volumes.

J0032-83, J0032-85: Volume list.

J0032-04: Index to administrators with cross-references to decedents.

J0032-04: Reel list.

Custodial History

J0032-83, J0032-85: The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1985.

J0032-04: This microfilm was obtained from the Utah Genealogical Society.

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