There are a huge number of probate files online. However, in many cases the files are not indexed and you must search the entire collection to see whether or not your ancestor's estate was subject to a probate action. It is very helpful to have an accurate death date to narrow the search. But you should also be aware that a probate action could be filed even years after an individual died. In the event addition property is found after an initial probate, then subsequent probate actions may be filed for after discovered property. It is also entirely possible that an ancestor owned land or property in more than one state, so individual probate actions, usually called ancillary probate actions are filed in each state where property was owned. This class will take an in-depth look at a full probate file.