This online database provides access to over 600 boxes of loose probate records for the Birmingham area, available in the Probate Records Room in the Jefferson County Courthouse.
For each entry, the index provides names, dates, the type of proceeding, the Family History Library microfilm reel (if microfilmed), and notes. Types of proceedings include administrations, apprenticeships, adoptions, birth records, land divisions, and many others. For adoptions, the notes may include name changes and both birth and adoptive parents’ names.
Many of the records included in this database have not been microfilmed, so this index offers a much-needed finding aid. The robust search engine allows searching by first or last name (including options for “starts with,” “contains,” “exactly,” and “sounds like”), probate date (+/- 5 years), type of act, and keywords. Copies of original records can be obtained from the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Explore the “Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records (1852-1936)” database at http://bpldb.bplonline.org/db/probate.
This resource is one of over 9000 listed in version 3.0 of Online State Resources for Genealogy. To purchase the ebook, visit http://haitfamilyresearch.com/onlineStates.htm.