Probates have been recorded on a county basis since the origin of the Commonwealth in 1682. Probates
for Somerset County were recorded starting 1795.
Wills have been filed with the "Register of Wills" in each county. They are indexed
and in books.
Somerset County Court House
The records of the orphan's court include minute books, proceedings, dockets, appeals, bonds, inventories, distribution of estates, marriages (since 1885), births and deaths (1893-1905), and adoptions (since 1925). Published abstracts of wills and administrations with comprehensive indexes are available for most of the oldest and largest counties.
The docket index, estate index, or general index is the first place to search for evidence of probate proceedings. These indexes list all the records created for a particular probate. The LDS FHL has obtained microfilm copies of many indexes, up to the 1960's.
The various documents (bonds, letters, inventories, etc.,) are usually transcribed into Orphan's Court Records Books or Administrator's Account Books. The LDS FHL has microfilmed the wills and orphan court records for most counties up to the 1900's.
This county is part of the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit genealogical resource web system, and is maintained by April Phillips and Connie Burkett with help and information provided by other volunteers.
Last Revised: October 10, 2008