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     All of the records that pertain to the disposition of an estate after it's owner's death are referred to as probate records. If a person died leaving a valid will, he is said to have died testate. In this case, he generally named an executor/executrix in his will to handle his affairs. To prove and admit a will, i.e. probate a will, a relative took the will to court. If the court approved the probate, the will was transcribed into a Will Book.

     If he died without leaving a valid will, then he is said to have died intestate. In this case, the court appointed an administrator to handle the estate, if he left real or personal property. Usually, the first record of this event occurred when a relative came to court and requested permission to administer an estate. These records are generally found in the Chancery Court Records. Although these records are indexed, the case is generally not listed under the name of the decease, but rather under the name of the person requesting permission to administer the estate.

Will and Probate Records are available beginning in 1870

Copies of wills may be ordered from either the Tennessee State Library and Archives or the Loudon County Court House (Loudon County Clerk, 101 Mulberry Street, Loudon, TN 37774, Phone: (423) 458-3314 ).

For a list of probate records on microfilm, check out the TSLA's list.

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If you have obtained a copy of a will from Loudon County Will Book and would like to have it put online, just transcribe the will and send me a copy. Or you can post it in the Loudon County GenConnect Will Board.

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