Historical letters dating to 1700
However, this is not intended to be a scholarly work.
It comes to you through the eyes and heart of an artist, who has heard the whispers of ancestors he did not know, and has not verified.
These records were placed on deposit at the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, CUNY, in 1973, and transferred to the State Archives in 19. ft.) [11 rolls microfilm] Contents: Wills (most in English, some in Dutch) and a few letters of administration and property inventories. Indexes/Abstracts: J0043-92 Record of Wills and Probates, 1665-1787 (38 vols.; 14 rolls of microfilm) Contents: Mostly wills and grants of administration; many wills pre-dating 1700 are in Dutch with English translations. Sawyer, "Index of New York State Wills, 1662-1850, on File at the Office of the Surrogate for New York County," 2 vols. Each entry gives name of testator, residence, and date of will. J0039-85 Exemplifications of Wills and Letters of Administration, 1783-1801 (1 vol.) Contents: Official transcripts of wills, codicils, and letters of administration registered by Court of Probates. Indexes: J0301-82 Inventories and Accounts, 1666- 1822 (7 cu. Related Records: The New York County Surrogate's Court retains records of letters of administration of the Prerogative Court and Court of Probates for the period 1743-1787.
A 1692 act exempted from this requirement wills for estates valued at less than £50, and located in counties "remote" from New York City.
All wills from New York, Kings, Richmond, Westchester, and (until 1750) Orange County were to be recorded in New York City.
The pre-1787 records of the former Prerogative Court and the Court of Probates were divided in 1802: original wills and other filed papers relating to the "Southern District" (New York, Kings, Queens, Suffolk, Richmond, and Westchester Counties) and all record books were transferred from Albany to the New York County Surrogate's Court.
(The records sent to New York City included series J0038-92 and J0043-92, described in this leaflet.) Other filed papers of the Court of Probates remained in Albany. Microfilm: Filmed by New York State Archives (includes container list but no indexes to decedents or administrators).