Using Wills and Probate Records for Genealogy



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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr. Allen Tx
Allen, TX, 75013

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Dr. Deborah Liles will discuss the relevance of wills and probate records at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Allen Public Library.  These records have proved to be some of the most fascinating documents in genealogy and local research.

Dr. Liles will not only explain what happens to an individual’s property when they die and how that is decided but will also share how delving into probate records provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the deceased.

The audience will learn how to locate these bounties of information and apply them to their research. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. The audience is invited to bring current or future research for tips and tricks on how to make their exploration more rewarding.

Dr. Deborah Liles is an assistant professor and the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History at Tarleton State University. She is the co-editor of Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi, winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women, and coeditor of African Americans in Central Texas History: From Slavery to Civil Rights.  Above all, local history is her passion, especially when it comes to digging through courthouses and archival documents. 

Sponsored by the Allen Public Library and the Collin County Genealogical Society, the program is free.

Can’t be there in person? The program will be streamed live on ACTV. Find viewing options at Watch ACTV or view online at or

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.