Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate, School, and Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Poweshiek, Iowa, United States
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Location of Poweshiek County, Iowa
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1850-1954
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Poweshiek County Clerk's Office, Montezuma


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes probate proceedings from Poweshiek County for the years 1850-1954. They include estate files, wills, administrations, minutes, guardianships and other records related to probate.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents. Genealogical facts in entries are:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Document and recording dates

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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  • 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.
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  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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Collection Citation:

“Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate, School, and Court Records, 1850-1954.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moine, and Poweshiek County Clerk's Office, Montezuma.

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