State of Arkansas
Probate Records Research

Wills, administrations, guardianships, inventories, appraisals, and settlements are a handful of the records related to a person’s estate or probate record. Probate records can be an wonderful source of genealogical information and facts. Probate records are generated at the time of an individual's death, and are meant to ascertain the legality of a will. In probate records, you can find the will, that will tell you what sorts of assets the deceased possessed. In addition they typically include the names of heirs, and their relationship to the deceased.

The chancery court generally created Arkansas probate records. Then it was up to the county clerk to file and maintain those records. Some of the most useful county records are those relating to probate proceedings and wills. Many of those probate records are recorded in bound volumes and include such documents and information as: Recorded Wills , Appointments of Administrators, Court Orders for the Inventory of an Estate, Inventories, Estate Sale Records, Guardianship Appointments and Accounts, Administrator/Executor Accounts, Lists of Heirs, Final Accounts

Wills and probate records from before 1920 are mainly available at the Arkansas History Commission and the FHL on microfilm. Some Arkansas counties also have published volumes of probate records and wills available.

Several loose bundles of probate records may also be found in county clerk offices. The documents in those packets are generally papers that were filed with the court in connection with insanity, guardianship, and estate settlement cases. Some of them are chronologically organized, while others may be organized semi-alphabetically. The Arkansas History Commission has original loose probate records for Pulaski County on file.

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