26 October 2015

New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia,

New databases added since 14 October 2015

New Hampshire: Belknap Co Vol 1-2 (1907-1920) 150 petitioners

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Surname A Vol A to 225 (1689-1900) 1599 records

Virginia: Dickenson co Vol 1-2 (1880-1937) 111 records - completed

West Virginia: Berkeley co Vol 1-2 (1772-1796) 275 records
West Virginia: Jefferson co Vol 1-3 (1801-1823) 171 records


14 October 2015

Next of Kin, Heirs and Devisees, What's the Difference?

Some states require lists of heirs and others lists of devisees, still more that don't do it but hidden.

Let's look at two states first.

See the difference? North Carolina shows two sides, one side showing devisor (aka testator) and the devisees (heirs, who get something) and Kentucky shows one side only, just the Devisor and Devisee.

Now let's look at Virginia's

Virginia's Act of 1912, required all estates, regardless of having will or not, list all "next of kin" along with their address plus age and relationship which are not always listed.

Let's look at New York's

Pretty hidden, isn't it? Written in paragraphs. Not every county in New York does this and not every year is covered.

Let's go to Ohio for their version

It shows names of heirs, relationship and address. That's it.

Now, what is the difference between these "Next of Kin", "Heirs" and "Devisees"?

Next of Kin = does not meant they inherit anything, just the names of next of kin who might or not might get anything.

Heirs - named in wills, often relations plus organizations.

Devisees - are not necessary related but get something.

These "Next of Kin" and "heirs" are true bonanza because they often shows where they are, age, relationship. Unfortunately it is not for "Devisees".

Happy Hunting at SAMPUBCO!

Wills Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire and New York

Will records from these counties/states

Illinois - Adams co Vol 3 (1847-1871) 517 records
Kentucky - Adair co Vol A-N (1791-1960) 1276 records
New Hampshire - Belknap Co multi-vol Surname D-Z (1841-1898) 1781 records
New York - Rensselaer co Vol 211, 218 (1903-1905) 591 records

Heirs Named in wills
New York - Jefferson Vol 1 (1848-1851) 597 heirs, ongoing

These are not the only ones to see, there are many more lists of extracted names of testators and more.


W. David Samuelsen