Minnesota Probate Records

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The court administrator of the district court in each county keeps the probate records, which include general indexes, case files, wills, order books, letters of administration, and probate registers. Case files or probate packets contain various documents, such as wills, inventories, receipts, and letters. Many Minnesota counties have sent their older records to the State Archives Collection at the Minnesota Historical Society. The Family History Library is acquiring microfilm copies of these records on a county-by-county basis. An example is the files for Faribault County:

  • Minnesota. Probate Court (Faribault County). Probate Case Files no.1–2730, ca. 1857–1916; Index, ca. 1857–1990. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. (On 91 FHL films beginning with film 1710731).

For more probate records, check the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under: