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Ding dong, the Witch is Dead

Wicked Witch, Comment

Great news everyone! Ding dong, the Witch is dead!  And I have proof.  Of course, the Fairy Tale Genealogist always has proof.

It’s right there in the probate record for Green W. Witch.  The “W” standing for Wicked, no doubt.

Green Witch probate
Probate Estate Records, Index to Estate Files, 1866-1915, Crenshaw County, Alabama; Author: Alabama. Probate Court (Crenshaw County); Probate Place: Crenshaw, Alabama.

Now, the Fairy Tale Genealogist’s earlier research into Snow White revealed the “kingdom” of her childhood was somewhere in Union County, Georgia, so I suppose it should come as no surprise that Oz may very well be found in Crenshaw County, Alabama, according to Ms. Witch’s probate file. The Deep South appears to be a hotbed of fairy tale activity. On the other hand, it is good to keep in mind that probate records are not always filed where the deceased resided, so the legal jurisdiction for Oz may indeed be found Over the Rainbow.

Green W. Witch’s probate file is a good example of just how valuable a probate record can be for a genealogist. It totals 57 pages and has a will, along with sales, petitions, orders, administration papers, and guardianship papers. Kinda makes you want to hop onto and get into the details of this wicked witch’s life doesn’t it?

Well, if you do you will discover that Green W. Witch was actually one errant indexer’s version of “Green W. Welch,” but the facts never stand in the way of a good story for the Fairy Tale Genealogist!


I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

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