Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers: new records

Photograph of State Street, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 19th century. Photographer unknown (From Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views, New York Public Library; Image public domain via Wikimedia Commons).

Today we’re announcing a major update to Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers.  This addition includes case numbers 43718-49999, a total of 232,885 new file papers.

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 Sam Sturgis for his work on this update.

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. 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.