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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Ringgold, Iowa, United States
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Location of Ringgold County, Iowa
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Probate and Court
Collection years 1847-1949
FamilySearch Resources


Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in language. Add links and explanations about guides to languages and/or handwriting, as well as a link to translation the section, if there is one For example: #For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Tables or information about record types. For example: The following information is may found in these records:

  • Name
  • Birthplace
  • Age

Rosetta often lists this information. Go to the Guidance tab, scroll down to the Fields heading, and look at the table column labeled as Name. When there are 3 or more record types in a collection, use the column coding:

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

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Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

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

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Or, for either an index-only or browse-only collection: Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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View the Images[edit | edit source]

If the collection is not published: You will be able to search this collection once it is published.

If the collection is published: View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

→ The levels of the browse hierarchy are found under the Guidance Tab in Rosetta, in the Browse Hierarchy table, in the Hierarchy Description column.

  1. Select first browse level
  2. Select next browse level
  3. Select final browse level to view the images.

→ The three levels listed here are just an example. You can add more browse levels if needed.

View the Images (Only for Fakey Browse Collections with a DFNL page)[edit | edit source]

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  1. Look at the [DFNL URL Link Text] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

You could simplify this section by copying and pasting the uniform wording from the article entitled “What do I do Next Section Wording” found in the P drive in the templates and writing folder. Copy only the wording that corresponds with the record type, then find and insert helpful links to send them to.

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

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  • Do not forget to cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • If possible, use what you know to find an image of the original record. The index contains only basic identifying information for a person; the original record therefore may contain more information not found in the index.
  • Continue to search the index for family members.

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

Add advice about alternate records, search methods, locations, etc. For example:

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name.
  • Search the records of nearby locations. In the period of this collection, few individuals ever lived more than 20 miles from their place pf birth, though smaller moves were common.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

The Known Issues section is handled by another group.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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