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That is a tough question. In my experience, the only way to get a
complete probate record in New York is to go to the surrogate's office. That is a
long ways from Oz. In the late 90s, I went to the surrogate's office in
Watertown and obtained the record on my ancestor. Although it may have
changed, it was easy to do at that time.
I live on the west coast, or I would volunteer. My suggestion is to
engage a local researcher to do it for you. The Jefferson county New York
Genweb site (general link: http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/) has a list of
researchers who might be able to do this at
http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/locals.htm. These people usually charge a fee for their efforts.
Alternatively, you can investigate RAOGK - the Random Acts of Genealogical
Kindness. There are volunteers who mostly do local look ups or go to
cemeteries, but there are some who do more, which could include obtaining a
probate record. It had a setback a couple of years ago, and I do not know how
active it is. See
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness_Wiki. If you can find someone, there is not supposed to be a fee,
but you probably would have to pay expenses.
Hope this helps.
In a message dated 11/20/2013 6:42:29 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Could someone please let me know how I can obtain the complete probate
record for Patrick COLLIER:-
COLLIER, PATRICK WATERTOWN NY-23-33-245.
Death: Dec. 12, 1894
Many thanks Dianna from Oz
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