Kansas Probate Records

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This entry was originally written by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG and Mary Clement Douglass, CGRS for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Many probate records located at the county level are in the district court. One can expect to find an index to probate court papers, court records, executor’s bonds, letters of testamentary, inventories, sale bills, guardian and curators’ records, and court appointments. Usually the probate minute books, probate court records, and case files are also available. The researcher can check for the application letters for administration, executors and guardians, administrators and guardian’s bonds, appraisement of estate, names and oaths of witnesses, sale bills, settlement records, orders of publication, term docket books, and wills and record of wills.

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