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How do I find wills in New York State?

The State Archives has created a probate pathfinder to help researchers determine where to locate New Yorkers' probate records, which include wills, estate inventories, and letters of administration relating to deceased persons' estates.  In addition, the State Archives publication on probate records provides a concise explanation of the records in the State Archives which pre-date 1787, their location and how to access them. The custodian for probate records after 1787 is the Surrogates' Courts in each county. Visit the Unified Court System website to learn about the courts and getting access to their records.

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