Monday, March 2, 2015

Courthouse Research From Home

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When I think of "probate records", I think of wills and estate files. If you are thinking the same way, you are likely missing out on a great deal of information!

I use to search courthouse record books.  Let me show you!

First, go to FamilySearch and sign in.  Next, you click on "Search" at the top right.  Now you will see a map of the world.  Click on the desired location.  I have chosen the US, but you can choose any country you are interested in.

Once you choose the US, a pop-up list will be available and allow you to choose the state you wish to search in.  I am going to choose Ohio.

Now you will see this:

Click where I have indicated and then scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM!

It seems like you will have to browse through nearly 7 MILLION records, but don't be alarmed!!

After you click this browse button, you will see a listing of all the counties in Ohio.  Choose whichever you are interested in.  I am going to choose Ross County.

Prepare to be AMAZED!  Every record title you see below is like looking at that record book from the comfort of the couch!  I have grabbed a screenshot of just a few of the records available.  You will want to check it out for yourself to see what is offered for your targeted area.

Remember, you can look at whatever country, state, and county you have a desire to visit!  Just follow the same instructions!  Happy Hunting!!

Do you want to learn even more about doing genealogy research from home? Watch my online webinar titled "Enriching Your Family History Through Pictures and Stories" and learn how to use free resources to deepen your family history. A short clip can be viewed for free, or you can make a one-time purchase to download the entire webinar.


  1. Thank you for this explanation. I used to naively think that a name search on FamilySearch would bring up everything referring to that person. Oh, my, did I ever have a lot to learn! I will bookmark this page and come back often.

  2. I have not utilized Family Search that much and Look what I've been missing out on. Now to find the time. Thanks for the info.

  3. Clairz and Jeanne, I am so happy that this was helpful to you! I hope that you will find many, many great things at familysearch! Good luck!

  4. Wonderful information! Thank you for this! I shared this on my Facebook page :)

  5. Hi! This is a great explanation! I wanted to let you know that I've included your post in my NoteWorthy Reads post for this week:

  6. Jo...thank you so much! I appreciate that and will take some time to read your blog as well! Have a great week!

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