Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Ohio Probate Records

Today I am thankful to Kathryn of Kathryn's Quest. She recently wrote a post about her Irish brick wall and in that post she mentioned that Ohio Probate Records were recently added to FamilySearch.org. Although I subscribe to updates from FamilySearch, I wasn't aware of this new addition to their records until I read Kathryn's post.

My Kuhn line runs deep in Ohio and more specifically in Richland County, Ohio. So I immediately headed to Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996 to look for my Kuhn ancestors. The first ancestor that sprang to mind was Samuel Kuhn, my fourth-great grandfather. I have written about his oldest son, Philip, many times on this blog specifically here and here. In an amazing piece of luck, I was able to find Samuel's will in the first book I looked at. That never happens!
This was a great will because it had a full listing of his next of kin, their relationship and their current address.
My third-great grandfather is listed third and is living in Baldwin, Kansas. There are four full pages of the will including the text used for announcing the probate in the local newspaper. This is a wonderful addition to my files and I have Kathryn to thank for it!

5 comments:

Debi Austen said...

Great find! I need to get over there and see what I can find - I hope I'm as successful as you were.

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

Good luck, Debi! It was pretty easy to navigate. I'm going to see if I can find anyone else...hopefully my luck holds out.

TCasteel said...

What great luck! I feel like I am looking for a needle in a haystack whenever I 'browse' images. I guess I dependant in the indexing process. :-)
Regards,
Theresa (Tangled Trees)

Grant Davis said...

I may be able to use these as well. I grateful for so many of the bloggers on GeneaBloggers for the help, even though they don't know it in many cases, i've gotten on starting my blog (since September 29, 2012).

Jana Last said...

Awesome find!! It's great that their current address was listed too. Having ancestors from Ohio myself, I'll definitely need to check this record set out. Thanks!