Estates, 1712-1966


Estates consist of records documenting property formerly owned by a decedent. Estates may include appointments and renunciations of executors and administrators; administrators' and guardians' bonds; inventories; accounts of sale; annual accounts; final settlements; civil actions and executions involving administrators, executors, and guardians; and actions in equity or special proceedings involving property of an estate. Guardians' papers are also often filed with the estate of the deceased rather than with the guardians' records.

Descriptions of original estates records held by the State Archives are summarized in the online catalog. Partial or complete lists of estates also exist for select counties.

Estates records may also be available on third party websites such as (free with an account).