Saturday, December 7, 2013

SAMPUBCO.COM: FINDING RICH SOURCE MATERIAL WHEN YOU LIVE FAR AWAY










t is frustrating to live far away from states that possess courthouses holding your ancestors’ records. Fortunately, there is a website called Sampubco (http://www.sampubco.com) where you can order records from the comfort of your home.  

Sampubco has the following types of records from a variety of states:
  • Will Records
  • Probate Files/Surrogate's Files
  • Naturalizations and Declarations of Intent
  • Guardianships
  • Letters Testamentary
  • Letters of Administration
  • Miscellaneous Orders and Decrees
  • Petitions for Administrations
  • Proofs of Wills
  • Renunciations
  • Cemetery Burials


If you use this website, please be sure to read the instructions carefully. For example, if you place an order correctly, you will not hear back for a few weeks. There is no immediate confirmation of order. However, if you fail to follow the instructions, you are notified immediately.  I waited patiently and, sure enough, a few weeks later, my order was e-mailed to me.

I found it helpful to go to the Site Map page (http://www.sampubco.com/Sitemap.htm). Here you can see what documents and states are available, look at indexes and print order forms.  I was really pleased to see that there are numerous New York resources.  Under “New York Counties Will Testators Indexes” for New York, Oneida County, I found references to the following records of interest:
  • George Bowles in Westmoreland (NY-33-44-419). George Bowles was my paternal 3rd great grandfather.

  • Marilda S. Miller in Westmoreland (NY-33-35-129).  Marilda Scripture was my paternal 3rd great grandmother.

  • Amelia Parks in New Hartford  (NY-33-25-379). I have been speculating that Amelia was my maternal 3rd great grandmother, and I was eager to see her Will.

Under “New York Counties Will Testators Indexes” for New York, Chenango County, I found the following record:
  • Levi Cutler, Sherburne (NY-9-DD-39).  Levi was my maternal 3rd great grandfather.


As you can see, these are all direct ancestors, and Wills are excellent genealogical sources.  I don’t live in New York, so it is hard to run over to the courthouses to gather this information.  Sampubco provides an excellent service.

This week my documents arrived, and I now have copies of the Wills of four of my 3rd great grandparents. The cost was only $48, a bargain!



Here is some of the knowledge I have gained or confirmed from these Wills:

George Bowles
  • At the time George signed his Will, Angeline was his wife. Charlotte Andrews, my 3rd great grandmother, was deceased at that time.
  • George had a daughter named Harriet Scripture, my 2nd great grandmother.
  • He also had daughters named Sarah Bryden, Charlotte Deland and Dinah Ford.
  • Sarah Bryden’s son, David B. Bryden, was appointed executor of the Will.
  • George left no property to his son, George P. Bowles.
  • Two of the witnesses (John H. Taylor and Elmer Waters) were my ancestors .
  • George was able to sign his name on the document.  (1)


Levi Cutler
  • Wesley H. Lottridge, husband of my 3rd great grand aunt Dolly Cutler, was appointed executor.
  • Levi’s wife, Nancy Eliza Miller, my 3rd great grandmother, was deceased at the time Levi signed his Will.
  • Levi's daughter was Fany Jenks.
  • Levi had sons named Levi Cutler and David Cutler.
  • The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
  • Levi was able to sign his name on the document.  (2)



Marilda S. Miller
  • Marilda Scripture Miller had only one child, Marquis Scripture, my 2nd great grandfather.
  • Marquis Scripture was named executor.
  • The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
  • Marilda’s nephew was William Miller, son of Theodore and Susan Miller.
  • Marilda signed her name on the document. (3)


Amelia Parks
  • Although the index stated that Amelia’s last name was Parks, on the Will it is listed as Park in every place except the first paragraph.
  • The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
  • Amelia gave property to her daughter, Caroline Marsh, my 2nd great grandmother, whose husband was Cyrus Marsh, my 2nd great grandfather.
  • Amelia had sons by the names of Albert M. Park and Benjamin Park.
  • Albert M. Park was named executor.
  • Amelia’s husband’s name was Earl Park.
  • Amelia gave her mark as a signature.  (4)  


This information is a springboard to further research. For example, I took the name “Albert M. Park” and put it into Old Fulton NY Postcards (www.fultonhistory.com) and was able to pull up several articles about Albert and his family. Because the name “Albert Park” is fairly common, by narrowing it to “Albert M. Park” I was able to hone in on the right person quickly.

I can’t wait to investigate what other documents can be ordered at Sampubco (http://www.sampubco.com). Check it out!




CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Last Will and Testament of George Bowles, 9 Apr 1891, recorded 6 July 1891, pp. 419-420, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-44-419 from Sampubco.com).

(2) Last Will and Testament of Levi Cutler, 25 Oct 1889, recorded 18 May 1891, pp. 39-41, Chenango County Surrogate’s Court, Norwich, New York (e-mailed document number NY-9-DD-39 from Sampubco.com).

(3) Last Will and Testament of Marilda S. Miller, 15 Jul 1876, recorded 2 Jul 1884, pp. 129-131, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-35-129 from Sampubco.com).

(4) Last Will and Testament of Amelia Parks, 28 Aug 1874, recorded 7 Nov 1874, pp. 379-380, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-25-379 from Sampubco.com).

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