Indiana, Allen County Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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|Allen, Indiana, United States|
|Flag of Indiana|
|Location of Allen, Indiana|
|Location of Indiana|
|Record Type||Court Records|
|Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains images of probate estate files, 1850-1930; guardianship packets, 1850-1930; and divorce packets, 1850-1900.
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
Information found in this collection includes:
- Names of interested parties
- Date of court proceeding or transaction
- Details of the case
- Place of residence
- Names of witnesses
How Do I Search the Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The date of the event or the names of other involved parties
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Record Category
- Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range to view the images.
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Cite the record just in case you need to find it later. See below for help citing this collection.
- Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives. Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
- Use a will 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. You could get a copy of the original record from the Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne.
- 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.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"Indiana, Allen County Court Records, 1850-1930." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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