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Presenter: Mary Roddy, MKR Genealogy
Presentation covers some basic terms used in probate research. I distinguish between abstracts and the actual documents. I discuss how and why to transcribe a will. Talk then covers several case-study type examples including how a will can help to prove a theory of relationship, how a probate file might provide clues to an ancestor's personality, lead to discovery of parents names which are not specifically mentioned in the will, demonstrate some issues regarding lack of a will and a contentious probate, and additional information when probates wind up in appellate courts.