1) Michelle Tucker Chubenko (author of the Jersey Roots Genealogy blog) emailed saying:
"A quick note to let you know that this is one of those situations of 'here today, gone tomorrow' on the Internet. The digitized will book that you found Thomas' will in is no longer online within the collection. Unfortunately, the NJ State Archives did not grant digital permission to Ancestry for the Pre-1901 (NJ) Secretary of State estate packets and libers. Thus, those name entries and images have been removed from the database collection!!"
Michelle followed up today saying:
"I've received my info directly from Joseph Klett, Chief of the Archives, NJSA. This situation happened in January of 2013 when FamilySearch released the collection -- New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980. See my blog post... https://jerseyrootsgenealogy.
"Bottom line is that all those colonial and original wills before 1900 were removed from the online collection. However, the Calendar of Wills 1678-1817 and Index to Wills 1678-1900 can still be found on line. This is in addition to the county level Surrogate's Court records.
"I'm working on a blog post to explain this in more detail. Should be online by Thursday."
New Jersey Probate Records, 1678-1980
"This situation compounds my worries about how Ancestry does business."
"I know there are many gaps in these records. I discovered the same with Morris County records. Certain rolls of film were not included in the digitized records on Ancestry. Some of the indexing was pretty poor, and the breaks between records were often not right. But since Morris County was not included in the FamilySearch collection at all, I figured I was still ahead of the game with Ancestry's collection -- until yesterday.
I will be very interested to know what you hear from Ancestry about this. Are they working on it and it will be back up soon? I sure hope so."
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