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Index to records of wills and probates

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 a name index to testators in series J0043-92, Record of Wills and Probates from the Prerogative and later Probate Courts, and J1043-92, New York County Surrogate Court Record of Wills and Probates. Information includes last and first names of the testator; year, month, and day the will was proved or recorded and the liber and page reference. Volumes for letters I-L are missing.
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Quantity:
3 cu. ft. (17 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1665-1870
Series Number:
J2043

Arrangement

Alphabetical by last name of testator.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a name index to testators in two different series: J0043-92 Record of Wills and Probates, 1665-1787 (a record created by the Prerogative Court and its successor the Court of Probates); and J1043-92 Record of Wills and Probates, 1787-1879 (a record created by the Surrogate Court for New York County). Each entry in this index gives the last and first names of the testator; the year, month, and day the will was proved or recorded; and the liber and page reference. Volumes for letters I-L are missing. A quick comparison of this index to the indexes in sample libers in series J0043-92 and J1043-92 suggests that as many as ten per cent of the wills recorded in those libers were omitted from the present series.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J0043-92 , Record of wills and probates, 1665-1787 and Series J1043-92, Record of wills and probates, 1787-1879 contain related records.

Other finding aids

Volume list.For additional published and MS. indexes to the records indexed by this series, see series records for J0043-92 and J1043-92.

Reel list available.

Custodial History

Series was transferred from the New York County Surrogate Court to the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, City University of New York, about 1966. The series was transferred to Queens Borough Public Library in the late 1980s and accessioned by the New York State Archives in 1992.

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