Basic Genealogy, Part Eight: Using Probate Records

Watch as Bill Eddleman, associate director of the Cape Girardeau Research Center, discusses using probate records in genealogical research. Just like today, legal methods were required in the past to distribute property to heirs upon the death of a property owner. In this virtual program from SHSMO On Demand, learn the difference between testate and intestate estates; laws relating to inheritance; documents generated by the probate process and what they mean; and the role of courts and court records in probate.

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Music: "Summer" by Yakov Golman, courtesy Free Music Archive.

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