Research: Topics: Legal & Correction Records: Probate Records

Probate Records

8. Bibliography

John Arneson, "The Legal Angle in the Surrogate's Office," Tree Talks, 3 (1963), 7-9, 74-76. [Helpful guide to records of Surrogate's Courts.]

Rosalie F. Bailey, Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan), 1783-1898 (New York: 1954). [Still a useful guide to probate and other records, though some of the custodians have changed.]

Arlene H. Eakle and L. Ray Gunn, Descriptive Inventory of the New York Collection (Finding Aids to the Microfilmed Manuscript Collection of the Genealogical Society of Utah, Number 4) (Salt Lake City: 1980). [Lists Surrogate's Court and other probate records microfilmed by the Society; court of origin is sometimes not clearly identified.]

Estelle M. Guzik, ed., Genealogical Resources in New York, rev. ed. (New York: 2003). [Helpful guide to records in custody of the Surrogate's Courts in the five counties within New York City.]

Leo Hershkowitz, ed., Wills of Early New York Jews (1704-1799) (New York: 1967).

Herbert A. Johnson, "The Prerogative Court of New York, 1686-1776," American Journal of Legal History, 17 (1973), 95-144. [Detailed historical overview of court's organization, jurisdiction, and procedure.]

Roger D. Joslyn, "New York [Probate Records]," Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, ed. Alice Eichholz, rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: 1992), pp. 526-27.

Harry Macy, Jr., "New York Probate Records before 1787," The NYG&B Newsletter, 2:2 (Spring 1991), 11-15; "Library Resources for Research in New York Probate Records since 1787," same, 3:1 (Spring 1992) , 3-7. [Overview of courts having probate jurisdiction and lists of microfilm, indexes, and abstracts available at the library of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York City.]

__________. "Treasure in the Surrogate's Court," The NYG&B Newsletter, 14:4 (Fall 2003), 49-51. [Expert genealogist discusses contents of Surrogate's Court case files, particularly petitions for probate, bills and receipts, and accountings.]

David E. Narrett, Inheritance and Family Life in Colonial New York City (Ithaca: 1992). [Comprehensive study of inheritance law and practices, based largely on probate records now in the State Archives.]

Franklin C. Setaro, "The Surrogate's Court of New York: Its Historical Antecedents," New York Law Forum, 2 (1956), 283-304. [Historical study of the court's evolution prior to 1847.]

Royden W. Vosburgh, "Surrogates' Courts and Records in the Colony and State of New York, 1664-1847," Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association, 3 (1922), 105-116.

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