Probate and property records can shed light onto an ancestor’s family life, the real estate and possessions they owned, and much more. These records can prove valuable tools to prove (or disprove) relationships and bring to life your ancestor’s story.
Probate files often include copies of a will (if filed), death certificates, inventories, and other documents associated with the deceased’s estate.
Property records (deeds) tell you from whom your ancestor bought their property, how much they paid for it, and the exact location of the property. Mortgage information might also be available. Deeds can also be traced forward to find the current owner of the property.
Availability of and access to records will vary by county and courthouse.
Nearly all NJ and western PA courthouses can be searched.