After attending a Family History Symposium in my area, I learned that I might need to investigate probate records. The instructor further recommend that when I contact the County Court House that I ask for probate records on a particular person rather than their wills. If a person had a no will in the probate records, the court house will not give you any information though they may have something of interest to you. If you ask for the probate on said individual, you'll not only receive a will (if there was one) but further records for your research.
With that in mind, I did not order the Franklin County, Ohio, 1803-1865 will index or the Will records, 1805-1918 ; Index, 1805-1905 that are available through the FamilySearch.org catalog. Instead I ordered Indexto probate records, v. 1-2, 1805-1932.
I had the following individuals to search.
|Index to Probate 1805-1932|
|Name||Dates||Found in Index|
|Henry Joseph Geiszler||1859-1931||no|
|Maggie Hoppe Geiszler||1861-1921||yes|
|Jane Fickle Gordon||1803-1865||no|
|Margaret Rebb Gabel||1839-1911||yes|
|William Talbot Peak||1868-1931||no|
|Samuel Curtis Brown||1821-1900||no|
|Martha Gorden Brown||1827-1901||no|
|Caroline (nee Mack) Billman||1838-1904||no|
|Christian Christopher Hoppe||1818-1881||no|
|Heinrich Ludwig Mack||1842-1910||no|
|Anna Margareta Karlsberger||1824-1911||no|
|George Paul Karlsberger||1825-1912||no|
|William Lester Long||1849-1925||yes|
|Sarah Angeline Marvin Long||1855-1931||not in index|
|Karl Friedirch Puesecker||1808-1886||yes|
|Johanna Macke (married Puesecker)||1810-1856||no|
|Karl 'Charles' Puesecker||1835-1915||yes|
|Samuel J Ross||Died bef 1896?||no|
|Annie M Hoppe Ross||1869-1896||no|
|Andrew Nelson Smith||1855-1933||not in index|
|Emma Ward Smith||1866-1893||no|
|Leon Philip Smith||1834-1916||no|
|Katherine Dague Smith||1832-1859||no|
|Mary ? Smith||1834-1889||no|
|Orlando Smith||1865-1928||not in index|
|Clara Gabel Smith||1869-1927||not in index|
|Elizabeth Browning smith||1792-1879||no|
|Mary Claybaugh Townsend||1846-1916||no|
|William J Townsend||1842-?||no|
|Georgina Stares Webb||1840=?||no|
As you can see, I have 42 names on this list. If you're going to be ordering films through the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and going to set aside time to go through microfilm reels at the film reader nearest you, you had best have a sizable list of names to research. That's just my opinion.
In researching this record, I came across five names out of 42 names. The 'not in index' notes are frustrating to me. The film I ordered specifically mentioned that it was through the year 1931. Well the records stopped in 1926. Ugh! Where are the other 6 years?
Before I forget, one thing I noticed was that it was far easier to have the names on my list ordered alphabetically by surname than any other way. Just a tip.While I only found five names in the list, I recognized two other names on my family tree. After checking with my family tree on my laptop, I decided to add these names to my future research. Here's the list:
I found another name that seems like I should definitely investigate it. I feel it might have a lead in it.
Finally, as I was reviewing the records, I felt the need to add a few 'not on my list' names. The majority of these individuals have some variation of the name Geiszler. It's not the most common name around, so I figured a small goose chase might be worth while. I also figured, if I'm already digging around in probate records, it wouldn't hurt to throw in a few random ideas. Who knows what it will turn up.
|Christina or Christian||Geisler||1884|
So the next step? Well, that's what I have to figure out. I need to go back to FamilySearch.org to see if I can order probate records. If not, I need to discover the process for obtaining probate records. I have my top seven as my priority list if things get a little pricey. If things aren't to bad, I can investigate the goose chases.