Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Fayette, Iowa, United States
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Location of Fayette County, Iowa
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1851-1928
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District Court. County Courthouse, West Union


What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of Fayette County probate case files located at the Fayette County courthouse in West Union for the years 1851 to 1928.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1928.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Although the exact content varies with each probate case, the records generally include:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document and recording dates (Sometimes the date of death will be given. Recording dates are also used to approximate event dates, i.e. a letter of administration was usually written shortly after the time of death.)

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know: Name of the individual Approximate date and or location of the event


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  1. Select “Record Type, Volume, and Date Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
  • Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
  • For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find immigration and land records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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General Information About Probate Records

Probate records are used to legally dispose of a person’s estate after his or her death. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title. The transfer is to an executor or executrix if the deceased had made a will, to an administrator or administratrix if the deceased had not made a will, or to a guardian or conservator if the deceased had heirs under the age of twenty-one or if heirs were incompetent due to disease or disability. Probate records fall into two general categories: wills and estate papers. Names of children may be given, as well as married names of daughters. Probate records may not give an exact death date, but a death most often occurred within a few months of the date of probate.

Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1928." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court. County Courthouse, West Union.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1928.


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