PROBATE CASE FILES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS


What's so great about Probate Case records? 

For one thing - - all Illinois counties were supposed to record births, marriages and deaths as of January 1, 1878  - but many did not; nor were they forced by Illinois law to do so until January 1, 1916.  However some Illinois Probate and Will case files date back to 1772! (Illinois did not enter Statehood until 1818)

Example:  During the last week of July 2004, I researched, but could not find, a civil (county) death record for a gentleman who died shortly after the 1900 Federal Census.  A brief trip to that county's Circuit Clerk's archives gave me the answers I needed, as I was able to find and copy his Probate case file - which included his date of death; the residential locations of 2 of his "missing" children; the legal descriptions of his property holdings (land and otherwise); a receipt for his burial plot; receipt for his funeral ($10 for embalming, $85 for his casket, and $5 for the hearse services); and many other tidbits that were greatly informative!


On a per-hour basis, I will research and copy probate/will/estate case files.

My resources for these case files vary by county;

Bond
Fayette
Jersey
Macon
Menard
Montgomery
Morgan
Sangamon

Email me with questions or orders, at mollx@hotmail.com

BOND
PROBATE MINUTES 1837 1855 UIS 4/0214/09
PROBATE RECORD 1837 1849 UIS 4/0214/08

FAYETTE
PROBATE FEE BOOKS 1858 1858 UIS 4/0202/04

JERSEY
PROBATE INVENTORY AND APPRAISEMENT RECORD 1882 1914 UIS 4/0188/02
PROBATE INVENTORY RECORD 1874 1966 UIS 4/0188/01
PROBATE INVENTORY RECORD, GUARDIANS 1879 1922 UIS 4/0188/03
PROBATE WILL RECORD 1839 1964 UIS 4/0191/01

MACON
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S RECORD 1873 1939 UIS 4/0222/03
PROBATE APPRAISEMENT RECORD 1887 1962 UIS 4/0222/05
PROBATE CASE FILES 1830 1890 UIS 4/0296/12
PROBATE CASE FILES INDEX 1830 1872 UIS 4/0296/11
PROBATE HEIRSHIP RECORD 1904 1957 UIS 4/0222/01
PROBATE INVENTORY RECORD 1860 1960 UIS 4/0222/02
PROBATE WIDOW'S RELINQUISHMENT & SELECTION RECORD 1883 1904 UIS 4/0281/09
PROBATE WILL RECORD 1847 1916 UIS 4/0208/01
PROBATE WILLS 1943 1962 UIS 4/0222/04

MENARD
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S AND EXECUTOR'S REPORTS 1849 1864 UIS 4/0293/01
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S RECORD 1868 1937 UIS 4/0290/04
PROBATE DOCKETS 1859 1881 UIS 4/0293/02
PROBATE EXECUTOR'S AND WILL RECORD 1868 1923 UIS 4/0290/03
PROBATE JUDGMENT DOCKETS 1859 1875 UIS 4/0293/05
PROBATE LEDGERS 1859 1866 UIS 4/0293/03
PROBATE RECORD 1839 1924 UIS 4/0290/01
PROBATE WILL RECORD 1849 1884 UIS 4/0290/02

MONTGOMERY
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S SETTLEMENT RECORD 1849 1863 UIS 4/0017/01
PROBATE CLAIM DOCKETS 1855 1861 UIS 4/0009/01
PROBATE SETTLEMENT RECORD 1861 1864 UIS 4/0018/02
PROBATE WILL RECORD 1858 1958 UIS 4/0216/03

MORGAN
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S FEE BOOKS 1837 1852 UIS 4/0200/02

SANGAMON
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S AND EXECUTOR'S FINAL REPORTS 1879 1946 UIS 4/0081/01
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S AND EXECUTOR'S LETTERS 1859 1882 UIS 4/0280/01
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S AND EXECUTOR'S RECORD 1893 1925 UIS 4/0113/01
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S AND EXECUTOR'S REPORTS 1879 1943 UIS 4/0089/01
PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR'S RECORD 1925 1946 UIS 4/0113/02
PROBATE APPRAISEMENT RECORD 1877 1952 UIS 4/0080/01
PROBATE BANKRUPTCY CASE FILES 1878 1899 UIS 4/0153/01
PROBATE BOND RECORD 1879 1939 UIS 4/0086/01
PROBATE BONDS FOR SALE OF REAL ESTATE 1890 1946 UIS 4/0090/01
PROBATE CASE FILES 1821 1906 UIS 4/0274/01
PROBATE CASE FILES INDEX 1821 1907 UIS 4/0132/01
PROBATE CASE FILES INDEX, GUARDIANS 1825 1893 UIS 4/0295/03
PROBATE CASE FILES, GUARDIANS 1825 1922 UIS 4/0295/01
PROBATE CASH BOOKS 1914 1946 UIS 4/0099/01
PROBATE CLAIM AND JUDGMENT DOCKETS 1940 1945 UIS 4/0136/01
PROBATE CONSERVATOR'S RECORD 1910 1946 UIS 4/0084/02
PROBATE DOCKETS 1874 1938 UIS 4/0115/01
PROBATE EXECUTOR'S & CONSERVATOR'S BOND RECORD, ADD’L 1940 1947 UIS 4/0087/01
PROBATE EXECUTOR'S BOND RECORD 1872 1902 UIS 4/0088/01
PROBATE EXECUTOR'S RECORD 1879 1946 UIS 4/0098/01
PROBATE FEE BOOKS 1849 1959 UIS 4/0097/01
PROBATE GUARDIAN'S BONDS AND LETTERS 1872 1946 UIS 4/0093/01
PROBATE GUARDIAN'S FEE BOOKS 1882 1909 UIS 4/0095/01
PROBATE GUARDIAN'S MEMORANDUM DOCKETS 1890 1903 UIS 4/0082/01
PROBATE GUARDIAN'S REPORT RECORD 1879 1946 UIS 4/0094/01
PROBATE INVENTORY AND APPRAISEMENT RECORD 1884 1938 UIS 4/0077/01
PROBATE INVENTORY RECORD 1856 1946 UIS 4/0114/01
PROBATE JUDGMENT DOCKETS 1850 1869 UIS 4/0198/02
PROBATE MINUTES 1849 1965 UIS 4/0120/01
PROBATE RECORD 1821 1887 UIS 4/0294/01
PROBATE RECORD, INSOLVENT ESTATES 1878 1943 UIS 4/0085/01
PROBATE SALE REPORTS, REAL ESTATE 1917 1948 UIS 4/0079/01
PROBATE WIDOW'S RELINQUISHMENT AND SELECTION RECORD 1879 1953 UIS 4/0078/01
PROBATE WILL RECORD 1850 1946 UIS 4/0112/01
PROBATE WILL RECORD, EXTRA-JURISDICTIONAL 1914 1954 UIS 4/0076/01

page updated January 3 2005