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About this collection

Wills probated in the Colony of Georgia.  These records are from Record Group 049-01-002, Colony of Georgia -- Wills.

 

Historical Background

 

There are thirty two wills from the Trustee period, 1733-1753.  After Georgia became a royal colony in 1754, the governor acted as Ordinary or appointed an official to carry out the ordinary’s duties.  The ordinary probated wills, provided instructions to administrators for the inventory and appraisal of an estate, and ensured that administrators followed all legal requirements in settling the estate.

 

These documents are the copies submitted to the ordinary for transcription into volumes. The copy in the volume is the official record copy.  The series includes wills in French and in German, some of which include English translations.

 

What information can I find?

 

Each will includes:

The name of the testator

Date and residence of the testator when the will was written

Bequests

Any instructions regarding the estate of the decedant

 

Most wills are accompanied by attestations of the will with the date the will was proved and/or the date the will was recorded.  Attestations were often recorded on the will itself.

 

Some wills include codicils, letters of administration, warrants of appraisement, and estate inventories.  These documents were not always written on separate sheets.

 

Note about digital collections and indexing

 

Each of these documents has several dates.  The date indexed here is the date that was inscribed on the outside when the documents were folded to a uniform size for filing.  If the document has no inscription, the date listed is the date the will was written.

 

In addition to Colonial Wills, the Georgia has a series of Colonial Will Books, Record Group 049-01-005, which are the official record copy transcribed into volumes by the ordinary.  Colonial Will Books includes official recorded wills for which the Archives has no loose copy.  Researchers should search BOTH series for a compreheisve search of Georgia colonial wills.

 

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