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Will / Probate records

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Re: Will / Probate records

Posted: 1300353549000
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You can Interlibrary Loan (ILL) microfilm from LVA (the Library of VA, the state archives). They lend out of state, for free, although your local library may charge for postage. For the list of Orange Co film available, see:
Be sure to list both the county name and the reel number as LVA reuses numbers from county to county. Look to the top of the page, to "for Libraries and Educators", click on this and the ILL link on the menu. Print this info out to take to your local public library so they know LVA's "rules" for ILL. If they've not borrowed from LVA before, this will make things easier for them and therefore for you. I think they lend up to 5 reels at one time. The time period is 3 or 4 weeks. You will have to use the film at your public library although you can print out pages as you wish. A digital camera will take good pictures of microfilm projections or screens. Be sure to look at court records as well as probate records.

Your post indicates an administrator's bond was posted 26 Mar 1743. I'd look at the previous month's court minute records as well as the Mar ones. There should be a record of the appointment of an administrator of the estate. I guess you realize that administrators are appointed when there is no will, executors when there is a will. Generally, administrators are appointed at the first court session after the death. If there is a delay, this will usually be mentioned in the court record of the appointment. Your post also mentions "Accounts rec". This will be a separate court book called Accounts Receivable. I have found inventories in such books. Some of this stuff varies from county to county and I've not looked at probate records in Orange Co. (My folks seem to have passed through that county!) Sometimes, an estate isn't settled until the widow dies or the youngest child reaches 21 or marries. So, do look well beyond the dates you have. Anyway, this should get you started finding those records. LVA is sometimes slow, be patient. -------Jo
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