Source:Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. Probate File Papers, 1686-1880

Source Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. Probate File Papers, 1686-1880
Online database
Subject Legal/Court records, Will/Probate records
Publication information
Type Government / Church records
Publisher New England Historic Genealogical Society,
Date issued 2017
Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. Probate File Papers, 1686-1880: Online database. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, , 2017).
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This database was created from digital images contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 29,531 Bristol County probate cases filed between 1686 and 1880. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records except adoptions, which are not public records in Massachusetts. The cases range in length from one to over 1,500 pages, with a total of over 457,000 individual file papers.

These Bristol probate cases were not labeled with offical case numbers, so an index had to be created from the microfilmed file papers. The resulting index is mostly alphabetical. However the file papers were not microfilmed in strict alphabetic order and case numbers were assigned as the cases were examined to create this database. Thus, the statement "mostly alphabetical."

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