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Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1928
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Fayette, Iowa, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1851-1928
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate

  • 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.)

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the individual
  • Approximate date and or location of the event
  • The names of relatives listed as heirs

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use a probate record to identify 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 vital records such as birth, baptism and marriage
  • 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 census records
  • Search for church records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.

General Information About Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

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