Missouri Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998  and Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Missouri, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1750-1998
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What is in the Collection?

The collection "Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998" includes probate records created by county courts including wills and records of estates. Most of the records in this collection fall between 1840 and 1930, but the content and years of the court records varies by county. In a few instances, if the court heard other cases in addition to probate, such as civil disputes or even some criminal matters, the records are mixed in with the probate records. The collection "Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945" consists of images of probate estate files from Cole and Andrew County which were scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998.
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To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, and other court documents. Information found in entries includes:

  • 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 (Used to approximate event dates i.e., a will was usually written near 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. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Volume, Title and Year

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.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
  • Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Missouri, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Missouri Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation for "Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998":

"Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

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 Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998.


Collection Citation for "Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945":

"Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

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 Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945.


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