Thursday, November 19, 2015’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds -- November 2015: Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Records

I am participating in the "12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds" contest - see the blog post’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds Challenge for details.

My most fascinating family find from October 2015 was:  Finding the probate estate file records for Worcester County, Massachusetts on the website.

In the NEHGS  newsletter, the description of the database said:

"Worcester County Probate File Papers, Cases 1-68,047 
This database was created from digital images and an index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 68,047 Worcester County probate cases filed between 1731 and 1881. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 1,500 pages, with a total of over 987,000 individual file papers."

In my blog post, I described the process of finding a guardianship for Moses Sever of Westminster, Mass.  Here is the guardianship paper signed by 14 year-old Moses Sever, the son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever of Westminster, Mass., naming Edward Whipple as his guardian:

I visited Worcester County courthouse in the early 1990s and had copied the estate file papers for some of my Seaver ancestors, but not for my other Worcester County ancestors, or for non-ancestor Seaver families.  Consequently, this find is significant for my research, and for that of other researchers with Worcester County ancestors.

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