While we were all busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, the folks at Familysearch.org were busy posting new collections of data. You can see all the recent collections here:
One that will be of interest of most viewing this blog are the “Alabama, County Estate Records…” — not every county is represented at this time, but there are enough to allow you to spend days downloading and viewing estate records. The records in this collection seem to be from the microfilm of the “Loose Records Project” completed in all counties just a few years ago. The records are not fully searchable, but are organized by County and Last Name. I have noticed in more than one county that the papers imaged under a particular name, may not always be for that individual. Of course, there are the “mixing” of same names, but I have also seen a Robinson estate mixed in with the estate of a Williams. Additionally, check for records filmed under the name of the administrator/executor or even under the heirs.
Good luck and happy searching!