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Probate Records

I am using a 1830 Probate record from Tyrrell County N.C. for a client report. It is a photocopy of the packet from Raleigh Archives. It contains several deeds. They are handwritten copies from deed books I believe. The handwritng, including signatures and marks, are of the same hand on all copies. The deeds were made(dated and filed) several years apart. I believe they may have been copied for use during probate. Should they be treated as original documents since they are within the packet or should they be analyized as derivatives, which they are in reality. They contain information which provides evidence of parents of one ancestor. Financial constraints do not allow for search and retrieval of possible deed book entries. That would be next step with a new request.

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MillsTA,

You are wisely analyzing the characteristics of those documents. The possibility you describe is one we see with some frequency in various places. From the standpoint of citation, you would be citing documents filed in a probate packet, and each document would be separately identified; but it would  be wise to add a note that reports the characteristics of these deeds and your belief--based on those characteristics--that they were copies made for the purpose of probating the estate.

 

The Editor

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MillsTA,

You are wisely analyzing the characteristics of those documents. The possibility you describe is one we see with some frequency in various places. From the standpoint of citation, you would be citing documents filed in a probate packet, and each document would be separately identified; but it would  be wise to add a note that reports the characteristics of these deeds and your belief--based on those characteristics--that they were copies made for the purpose of probating the estate.

 

The Editor