Iowa, Benton County District Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Benton, Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Benton County, Iowa
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Record Description
Record Type Court Records
Collection years 1857-1936
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of court cases in Benton County, Iowa, from the years 1857 to 1936. These legal documents can include land disputes (such as the sample images) and other court cases.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

These legal documents can contain:

  • Names of individuals involved in court disputes
  • Names and locations of courts
  • Court dates
  • Details of disputes
  • Financial details of cases
  • Witness names

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The ancestor’s name
  • The approximate year the ancestor was in Benton county

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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

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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 the probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage and death
  • 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

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, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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