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New Zealand Probate Files,

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Hello would there be anyone here in New Zealand who would be able to look up a John Graham Buchanan Dowie probate files for me.
He was born 14th March 1924 and in died in 1994 and his probate files are from 1995 but i cant view these as im in the uk but would like to be able to.
If there's anyone who can view them from new zealand and see any information that may be relevent could you please let me know?

Thank you very much

Rochelle

This is what ive been looking at http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=6586211 but all i can see is a date and name and visiting is not possible
 
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Hi Rochelle,

Perhaps send them a email with the details you have and ask them on how you can obtain a copy. Let them know you are unable to visit in person and im sure they will inform you on what or how to get it. No doubt a fee will be involved.
 
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Thank you :)
I dont mind paying a fee however i did email them andd they told me the only way i could obtain a copy would be to go to the library and view it there or hire a PI to do the work for me,both options aren't a possibility for me unfourtunatley...
I'm sure if i keep working on it something will hopefully come good,

Thank you,
Rochelle
 

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Thank you :)
I dont mind paying a fee however i did email them andd they told me the only way i could obtain a copy would be to go to the library and view it there or hire a PI to do the work for me,both options aren't a possibility for me unfourtunatley...
I'm sure if i keep working on it something will hopefully come good,

Thank you,
Rochelle

Things like that make me mad:mad: How do they expect people to obtain copies when their not even in that country and as for a PI thats out of most peoples reach to hire one.
I'll have a dig around and see if something can be found that might help:)
 

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Rochelle have you thought about purchasing John Graham's death cert.?
Sometimes they have info on that can help such as the informant and the informants address, and a lot of the time the informant of death is a family member. It should also list the deceased person children.
Now having said that sometimes the cert. can have very little info as well, it just depends on who the informant was.

The cert. was just a thought since your having trouble with getting a copy of the probate that the death cert might be easier to obtain.

The certificates can be purchased online.
 
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Hey,Thank you :)
What i think i'm going to have to do is come off the website i have been on for the new zealand archives because they aren't being of any help at all and maybe see if there is another website where i may be able to obtain his death cert,
My only other option apparently is to aquire a solicitor in the area of john dowie's death and for them to contact christchurch high court to obtain a copy of johns probate files on the pretense if you like that i want to open a dispute as i can claim that since i am legal family its in my intrest to know if i am mentioned in these documents,therefore i may then have a copy of these files.......phew..i thinks thats right..
This also seems like it could potentialy be a costly approach.
Also i know theres noway i will be mentioned in john's will but it gets the desired results,
Also i would imagine in this scenario his family would be notified of an impending dispute and to be honest i want contact with them not to look like i want something,but it seems like it may be one of my few options available,
Needless to say however i will thouroughly exhaust every other option first,

Thank you,
Rochelle
 

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Rochelle i dont know who gave you the info on obtaining the probate file but you can purchase it online from the National Archives New Zealand.

I emailed them and got this reply

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the probate file for John Graham Buchanan DOWIE, [archives reference: CH989, CH51/1995].
We can provide a copy of this file for the flat rate of NZ$20.00, which includes up to 40 pages of photocopying, as well as postage and handling. This fee is payable in advance. The copy can then be posted, or emailed to you as a PDF. Please advise us of your preference.

A full postal address will be required by our office if you would like us to post the copy of the record out to you. This can be done by replying to this email.
Payment can be made by credit card; we accept Visa, Mastercard and Bankcard only. Archives New Zealand has an online credit card payment system to pay for research and copies of records supplied. To use this service you must first obtain a request number from Archives New Zealand for each separate enquiry.
 
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Wow thank you sooo much gibbo! I really appreciate it..I can't believe it! can you send me the exact lynk to the web address you used?
I have deleted the email i recieved but the person told me that it wasn't as easy at that due to the recent earthquake 23rd december?
But really thank you so much!!

Rochelle Dowie,
 
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Heya Gibbo,

Thank you for all your help :)
I emailed the library and they have sent me the extract i wanted and from that ive learn't that my mums dad (Rhoderick)moved to tasmania so now i know i can start searching in australia for him,
I emailed new zealand archives about getting a copy of johns probate files and am just waiting to get an email back :) The progress ive made is fantastic and im very grateful because otherwise i wouldn't have been able to do it if you weren't pointing me in all the right directions :)

Rochelle
 

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