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 This 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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  • The name of other relatives
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

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Collection Citation
"Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate, School, and Court Records, 1850-1954." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moine, and Poweshiek County Clerk's Office, Montezuma.
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