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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Learning the Death Date

Every Last Will and Testament has a date of probate. This is found on the page following the will document. It is important to write the probate date down. After a person dies, a family member takes the last will and testament to the county court house where the deceased resided.  This is done within 2 or 3 days after the death and is important because it enables the executor to begin the process of administering the estate to the heirs and creating the annual returns, inventories, distributions and vouchers which are later appreciated by genealogists searching for tthe names of heirs. If the date that the will was filed for probate was say October 3, 1802, it is safe to conclude that the death occurred several days prior. So now, you know when to search old newspapers for obituaries!

Index to Georgia County Wills online

Index to South Carolina County Wills online

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