- Make the Most of Probate Records

Course Id: 2147-9
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 16      
Tuition: $59.99

In this course, you'll learn all about how to use probate records to find your ancestors. Probate records are a tremendous source of genealogical information. Some family historians find probate records a little intimidating, though, and any don't realize that even poor ancestors may have left behind a probate file chock-full of valuable genealogy information.

This one-week course is designed to help you quickly jump-start your work on the class topic. The course materials take about two hours to complete. This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but an instructor is available to answer any questions you have via the Discussion Board. In the time it takes to watch a movie, you’ll give your research skills a huge boost, and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use immediately.

Note: Unlike other Family Tree University courses that begin on a set date, this course begins as soon as you register! You'll have immediate access for 7 days. For those 7 days, you'll be able to interact on the message boards, ask questions of the instructor, and read or view all course materials. All course materials are also available for download in the course, so you can keep a copy of everything in case you don't have time to go through everything during your 7 days of access.

Course Outline


  • What probate records are (and how to find them)
  • Different types of probate records
  • Information you'll find in a typical probate record
  • How to make it easier to access probate records
  • Why probate records are critical to your genealogical success


  • A one-hour video presentation on using using probate records
  • A one-hour video case study that walks you through an actual probate record so you can see each document and learn what each one means
  • A PDF guide to the six things you need to know about using wills and probate records


  • Anyone with ancestors who may have left probate records behind
  • Genealogists who are looking to build beyond-the-basics research skills
  • Anyone with two hours to spare who wants to learn skills they can apply immediately


  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you've never done genealogical research before.