Update: Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

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Today we’re announcing a major update to Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers.  This addition includes case numbers 21388-33065, years 1801-1841, a total of 251,000 new file papers.  This addition more than doubles the size of this database–these case files represent a 130% increase to what we previously had available. The complete collection now contains 442,000 file papers and 33,556 names.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records.  We’d like to thank our wonderful volunteers Sam Sturgis, Bruce Shaw, and David Anderson without whom this update would not have happened.

The complete Suffolk County File Papers collection will eventually cover cases 1-94,757, which includes years up to 1893. The cases are indexed chronologically, which allows us to present them in sections while digital photography is taking place. The digital photography is expected to continue through 2020. We will continue to add additional cases as they become available.

If you have questions on how to search this database, or about our collaboration with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, please watch our video, How to Search Massachusetts Probate File Papers.  The Massachusetts Archives also have a very helpful website that serves as a directory as to where you can find which pieces of probate information.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.